Whilst communicating ideas is a small part of the overall Computing Curriculum, the RNLC consider it a vital element of our teaching in primary school, providing an opportunity for children to present their ideas through technology. This area would include typing and publishing skills, recording audio and video, and presentation skills.
As this element can be truly cross curricular it should be planned alongside all other subjects and topics/themes. The framework below is progressive with suggestions, but can be adapted for your school.
EYFS – Exploring Digital Media
The Gruffalo Story
2simple/2paint a picture
Children can select their favourite character from the Gruffalo Story and create a picture using the tools within the program.
Read the story of the Gruffalo to the children.
Tell the children that the Gruffalo is hidden around our school and we need to take pictures whenever we see him.
Show children an ipad and/or a camera. Ask them how we operate the camera function. What do we need to press? How do we zoom in because we don’t want to get to close to the Gruffalo?
Hang up several pictures of the Gruffalo around the school. Take groups of children around the school and make sure they look out for the Gruffalo. Whenever they see a picture of the Gruffalo, the children have to take a picture.
Go back to class and look at the pictures together as a class. Discuss with the children what they like about the pictures they have taken and how they could improve.
Year 1 – Create a Story
2Create a Story – Naughty Bus
Children use software to recreate the story of Naughty Bus using both text and images.
Children can use the app to record an animation of their drawings. Children can also commentate over their story using the apps features.
Year 2 – Create a animation
Children can use the pictures available within the software to create a quick animation.
Children use this app to create an animation of anything ranging from the life cycle of a butterfly to a fish swimming in the sea. Children can also be taught how to upload photographs/backgrounds into 2Animate and how this could be manipulated to create an animation.
Children can use the app to record an animation of their drawings. Children can also commentate over their animation using the apps features.
Year 3 – Art Documentary
Draw a picture in the style of an artist. Children present via movie documentary.
SumoPaint, 2PaintaPicture, Revelation Natural Art, Powerpoint
Year 4 – Create a Superhero
Design a superhero e.g. animal
Suggested software: Sumo paint
Make the photo speak
Suggested software: Morpho, CrazyTalk
Tell a story using the photo
Suggested Software – 2CreateaSuperstory
Year 5 – Create a building
Create a 3D building which is linked to topic e.g. historical, modern
Suggested software: Sketchup 2015
Record a tour using video and voice over
Year 6 – TV Show
Create a TV show either historical or modern e.g.news programme or game show.
Film ‘Studio’ and ‘on location’ sections
Use of green screen if available