Category Archives: E-mail

More than just a message.


attachmentsAt the bottom of the e-mail option there are a few options…

Have you discovered what they do?


The A helps change the look of the font! – This way you can make some things stand out.


Today, I want you to add a picture to an e-mail using the attachment button.


Be safe… be seen. (well almost!)


Adding a picture to our Google account really helps other users find us, but is it safe?


For some online systems like Facebook it can help people find and friend people that we know in real life.  However you can only have Facebook from the age of 13!

From our earlier work on internet safety we need to think carefully before we put images and information online.  Our school e-mail already has our name, school and so adding a picture is a step too far.

BUT we want to make it easy for our friends so we can add a picture of ourselves… Just not a photograph but an AVATAR.

An avatar is an image or symbol that represents you in the online world.  Today we are going to make our own avatar using one of the websites below.  This image is what we can use to be our Google profile picture.

When we have made our avatar we have a big decision to make with some websites…  Do we give our e-mail address to them to download the image?

What do you think we should do? 





You’ve got mail.


Today in computing you are starting to use e-mail.  We have just had a system put in place for pupils, Google Education.


Click on Gmail or Sign in button.


Sometimes someone else’s name may appear so you need to press on Sign in with a different account.


You need to type in your e-mail address carefully, spelling it correctly – – It is on your sticker in blue.  It doesn’t matter if you use capitals letters or not.

Then press next.  If it doesn’t recognise your name check that you have put in the full stops and no spaces.

Then enter your password – it is red on your sticker.  Passwords are case sensitive so if you have a capital letter make sure you press shift to make a capital!

If you make a few mistakes the computer might want to check you are a person by making you key in some different letters into a box.  Computers can’t do this yet!


It might take a minute or two to load up.  Sometimes it will ask you what city you normally access your e-mail from – it isn’t a trick question it is Coventry.


When loaded you will see 3 messages waiting for you.  Now you can write a message to a friend in the class – the proper way to write an e-mail message is to COMPOSE it.  The button is big and red!


If you type in the To (or recipient) box slowly your friend’s name it will list up their email address – which saves you having to remember it!  Click on the person you want to send it to.


Subject gives the read a quick idea of what the message is about. A bit like the heading on a non fiction text.

Then you can write the main message below.

Mr C’s Top Tips

  • CAPITALS LETTERS MEANS YOU ARE SHOUTING – so use them carefully.
  • When you type it may not always be read they way you expected it to – it is easy to be rude by accident – Proof reading is critical.
  • Punctuation does help the recipient to understand what you meant. 
  • Write for your audience – How you write to your BFF will be different to writing to Mr Connolly – it may be lol 2 rite txt spk 2 him but will he no wat u mean?

When you have sent your messages and at the end of the lesson MAKE SURE YOU LOG OUT! Yes, I did shout that.  it is really important that you keep your account secure so never remember passwords on a public / school computer and never leave them log in when someone else might send a message from you!


Ohhh and yes your e-mail will work at home so you can send messages to your friends at home but remember how you speak to them – and don’t alter your profile picture or set a signature just yet (That will be next week’s lesson) and I am sure we will think about some internet safety at the same time.

Enjoy sending messages!