Jul 012019
  1. Look at the Autumn Days words below – can we come up with some lines for a Summer Days song?
  2. In JIT5
    1. Create an Animate page and Save
    2. Create a Mix page – select animation and text below
    3. Load animation into mix page


  • Make a simple background
  • Characters
    • Draw a character (big) – create a stamp
    • OR use a picture from the list
  • Animate

Autumn Days

Autumn days when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell.
Jetplanes meeting in the air to be refuelled.
All these thing I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget.
To say a great big
Thank You
I mustn’t forget

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And the winters moon with frosted rings.
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

Jun 242019
  1. On the iPads
  2. Multimedia folder
  3. iCanAnimate app
  4. Choose an small item to animate
  5. Take a picture
  6. Move the item a tiny bit
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 LOTS of times!!


  • Keep the iPad still
  • Move a tiny bit each time
  • Make sure your hands are out of the way
  • Export to camera roll
Jun 032019

Week 3 – finishing

  • Intro (eg black screen, black with title, black)
  • Images with narration
    • Adjust volumes so info is clear
    • Adjust length of images to fit narration – with small gaps for music interlude (only a few seconds)
  • Credits
    • Written and presented by … (first names only)
    • St Mark’s C of E Junior School, Salisbury, 2019
    • Music [name of music] by Kevin MacLeod
    • Insert this picture: “incompetech.com   License: CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 (or include the slide from me)”

Week 2

By the end of today:

  • All pictures into iMovie
  • Including all blank/title/quote screens
  • Find backing music and email me
  • Narration in note form ready top start narrating next week


GMail app

  1. Log in
  2. At end of session – manage accounts – delete account

Google image search

  1. Swipe colours to the left to find usage rights – labelled for non commercial use

Week 1

  1. Choose your favourite topic from any year at St Mark’s
  2. Plan (use email to draft)
    1. Ideas
    2. Pictures (labelled for non commercial use; attach to email)
    3. Facts
    4. Intro
    5. Outro
    6. Script
    7. Music – look on incompetech.com for appropriate soundtrack music – email me the link
  3. Planning success – minimum
    1. 5 picures
    2. 5 pieces of information (in own words) t go with pictures
    3. music
  4. Produce iMovie (access email on iPad – don’t forget to remove account at end)
    1. Pictures
    2. Edit lengths
    3. Credits
    4. Title
    5. Music – incompetech.com
  5. Share
    1. Save
    2. Publish
    3. Promote
Jun 032019

LF What makes an effective radio programme?

Listen to some of these radio programmes:

  1. What elements make them effective? (Collect ideas then Diamond 9)
  2. Is there anything you would improve?
  3. PMI for radio programmes

LF Planning 10 Qs and As

  • Write 10 questions and answers about the Greeks or (even better) an aspect of the Greeks.

LF Planning a mini documentary

  • Draw a bubble map/mind map of ideas for your programme
  • Use your Greek topic work to add detail to different ideas
  • Take a section each (or with a pair) to work on
  • (If you are working with a pair – don’t “chorus talk”)
  • Record as soon as you have enough for a short section

LF Recording

  • Record short sections (we haven’t got time for lots of takes of longer sections)
  • Just use the video (with the camera covered up) to record parts of your programme.
  • Outro
    • 10 questions and answers about the ancient Greeks was written and presented by [Names]
    • It is a 2019 production as part of Computing at St Mark’s C of E Junior School, Salisbury
    • The music is [name of music] by Kevin Macleod incompetech.com   License: CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

LF Backup

  1. Open the Google Drive app
  2. Login
  3.  Click the + at the bottom right – Upload – Photos and Videos
  4. Select your videos
  5. LOGOUT – click three lines (top left) – click username – Manage accounts – MANAGE – REMOVE all accounts

LF Saving your finished iMovie

  1. Click “Done”
  2. Share button (square with up arrow)
  3. Save video – medium
  4. Then upload to Google Drive


Jun 032019
  1. Watch
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPpkaldk84Y
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDWk0BCeblQ
    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Gp7PUOFtA
  2. Choose a story or poem to animate; get into groups
    1. http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/geography/story/main.html
    2. http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/life/story/main.html
    3. http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html
  3. Storyboard
    1. If whole class, share write,
  4. Make characters, background
    1. Make copies of characters, settings for different groups
  5. Animate with iCanAnimate
    1. Experiment with movement/tools
  6. Put together in iMovie
    1. Edit
    2. Add music
    3. Credits
  7. Publish, publicise, promote


Jun 032019

JIT animations

  1. Look at these animations
  2. Create an animation of a positive-value word, eg hope, joy, love, friend(ship), peace, harmony, unity, freedom, justice, service, kindness
    1. Could use JIT drawing to plan
    2. Difference between moving and adding animation
  3. ** Create an animation of a sporting action – could use the example sheets

Success steps:

  • Coloured background
  • At least 20 screens – maybe a lot more…
  • Very small changes
  • Red arrow = copy, add
  • Green arrow = move, replace


  1. Go to gifpaint.com
  2. Work out how to use it and explore the tools
  3. ** Create an animation of a sporting action – could use the example sheets


  1. Log into Scratch
  2. Go to Stick person animation project
  3. On costume tab, right-hand click and “duplicate” to make a new costume
  4. Change it slightly
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make an animation
  6. Press green flag to test; on code tab change wait 0.1 seconds to slow down/speed up
  7. Save project
May 132019

Jungle Rush Sketch videos:

  1. Video 1  – Home screen – gliding on title, sprite and play button
  2. Video 2 – Move to play mode – title, play disappear, sprite to correct position
  3. Video 3 – Moving background – trees
  4. Video 4 – Sprite jumping
  5. Video 5 – More background – clouds
  6. Stage 6 – Enemy sprites
    1. Make a new sprite
    2. When it receives play message, show, go to the right hand side of screen, glide to left hand side of screen – keep doing this (forever).
    3. When green flag clicked, hide
  7. Stage 7 – Back to home screen when dead; Two states home/play
    1. Enemy sprite code – when it hits the cat (forever, if, touching cat sprite), broadcast – new message “home”
    2. Replace all green flag code starters with “When I receive home” blocks
    3. Make one block with: when green flag clicked, broadcast home
  8. Stage 8 – Timer/score
    1. Make a new variable “Score”
    2. Two blocks:
      1. When I receive home
      2. When I receive play

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May 082019

I am looking for a team of Digital Leaders – two keen and responsilble Leaders from each class to help me lead Computing across the school.

Pesponsibilities and opportunities

  • Tasks to keep equipment in the Computer Room and the rest of the school  tidy and well-cared for
  • Special projects
  • Learning new skills on Chromebooks, iPads, LEGO etc
  • Teaching others – children, teachers?
  • Thinking about how Computing could help you learn in  other subjects
  • A Digital Leader badge!
  • One lunchtime per week (one or both DLs from each class to attend each week)

How to apply

  • Create a simle j2e page called “Digital Leader” saying why you think you would be a good Digital Leader
  • Or email me