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.
Pupils should have experience of combining text and images, including Year 1 Text and Images.
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.
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. The Year 3 Storyboards Activity Pack can be used as extension to this pack as it covers similar skills but has more tools.
Pupil Activity Pack (Teacher view)
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.
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.
Once you have finished you can put your comic name and author name (you) in the boxes above your comic and click ‘Save.’
As mentioned above, the Makes Belief Comix website does require a login to access. Teachers can create a generic username and password for pupils to share. Pupils can sign in and put their comic name and author name in the relevant boxes above their comic and click ‘Update.’ This also allows the teacher to sign in using this account and see all the comics the pupils have created by clicking ‘View all saved comix.’
📝 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.