FREE Year 1 and Year 3 Comic Creation (Teacher Notes)
Pupil Activity Code: 45TT – What is it?

Progression of skills in this pack
Comic creation covers a wide range of objectives including:
Add, resize and organise colour or picture backgrounds
Add, resize, organise characters/objects to different panels.
Add narration using text and direct speech using speech bubbles.

⏱ 3-4 hours

🛠 What will teachers and pupils need?
For the activities below; pupils will need access to the Make Beliefs Comix website. It is free to use and works on all devices.

👨‍🏫 Teacher input
You may want to start these activities by discussing comics and their purpose. You could also discuss the advantages of creating comics digitally compared to how they were previously made. (e.g speed of production). You may want to go through the videos below together (especially with year 1) as a class and discuss the different aspects of comic creation; scenes, backgrounds, characters, narration/speech bubbles, stickers.

🚦 Differentiation
This pack can be used by both by Year 1 and 3 pupils (or any other for that matter). Year 1 pupils should be able to insert background, characters and text to label characters/backgrounds. Year 3 pupils may be able to independently extend their comic to include a storyline.

The less able may need support with content for their comic, which you could provide. There are examples of comic starters here, which pupils could continue. Year 1 pupils may also want to try our unplugged lego comic builder activity to help with understanding the different parts of a comic.

The more able pupils should be encouraged to used both narrative boxes and speech bubbles in their comics, but also communicate a message, such as instructions or a moral.

Pupil Activity Pack (Teacher view)
1. Backgrounds
Click on the panel you would like to add a background to and then choose a background using the tabs below. ​
If you would like a solid colour then choose BACKGROUND COLOUR from the different backgrounds.

2. Characters
Now add some characters in a similar way to how you added the backgrounds but choosing the CHARACTERS tab.

You use the different tools below the panel to move, arrange and scale the characters.

3. Add speech bubbles and narration
Use the balloons tab to add speech/thought bubbles and narration to each of your panels.

4. Add objects and stickers/words
Use the OBJECTS and WORDS tabs plus what you have learned so far to add various different objects and stickers to your panels. 

5. Saving
​Once you have finished you can click the PRINT-EMAIL-SAVE where you can save or print your comic. 

✅ Assessment
There are a few options above the comic for pupils to save their work; Print, Save as image and Save Online. We find it easiest for pupils to either print their work or save it as an image to their computer. 

📝 Unplugged Assessment Activity

Below is a downloadable and printable activity sheet (mainly designed for year 3) that can be used to assess pupil understanding of the vocabulary and application of the skills, either individually or as a group task/extension task.  


Below is a certificate of completion for pupils that can be edited in Microsoft Word and printed. This could be awarded if you feel pupils have demonstrated the skills taught in the activities.