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Year: KS2

1 Teaching Activity CS11 Animation with Scratch 3.0 (Laptops and Chromebooks)

Please note there’s an almost identical version of this teaching activity for Scratch Junior instead of Scratch for those schools who have the app on iPads or Chromebooks.  In my opinion Scratch Junior is slightly easier than this version.

In this activity pupils create an algorithm to explain how their animation works before programming using Scratch 3.0 to make the animation. This activity is based  on identifying parts of a flowering plant but could easily be adapted to other topics.

1 Teaching Activity CS11. Animation with Scratch Junior

Scratch Junior Version

In this activity pupils create an algorithm to explain how their animation works before programming Scratch Junior to make the animation. This activity is based  identifying parts of a flowering plant but could easily be adapted to other topics.

1 Teaching Activity CS13 Using the Hopscotch App to create simple programs using inputs and outputs.

This activity uses the free Hopscotch app on iPads. Please note there is an almost identcal lesson to this that uses the free Tickle app. It is possible for children to do both lessons and they can compare how inputs and outputs are used in different programs.

In this lesson children get the opportunity to create their own programs in the Hopscotch app
using the input and output devices that are part of the iPad. They learn about different commands
and which input and output devices they control. Children spend tme experimentng with different combinatons
of inputs and outputs before turning algorithms into programs featuring inputs and outputs.


1 Teaching Activity M12 Copy and Paste.

The descripton for this objectve states that children should learn how to cut, copy and paste in order to refne and
reorder content within applicatons. In this actvity children learn to copy and paste then how to cut and paste.
They have to use cut and paste to sequence some text and use copy and paste to add text to a document to create
a newspaper report. This actvity has an Ancient Egyptan theme but it can be adapted.

1 Teaching Activity M20 Create a 2D Plan Using Basic Shapes

Duration: Two hours.

In this activity children learn about  2D plans  and how they are used in a variety of jobs.  They then
use an online room planning tool to experiment with 2D room design. In a second session they use software to create a 2D plan of an historical place or a setting in a text.


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Category:Make Games
KS1, KS2

A.L.E.X. is a fun puzzle game and a great way to train your brain. A.L.E.X. helps you think and plan logically as you program your robot A.L.E.X. with a sequence of commands to get through each level from start to finish.

Category:Learn to code
DeviceiPad, iPod

This app is best used by teachers rather than pupils. It lets you record audio and uploads it to where it can be embedded in blogs. Great for capturing short recordings of pupils explaining, reading out work or performances.  Use the iPhone version on an iPad as the iPad version only lets you listen to uploaded content.

DeviceiPad, iPod
KS2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6
Autodesk SketchBook Express

Autodesk SketchBook Express for iPad is a fun and intuitive drawing application. Get a taste of the SketchBook Pro experience with SketchBook Express.

Use professional-grade tools and brushes to create doodles, quick sketches or artwork on-the-go.

Book Creator

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This is the only app to consider for creating digital books. Don't put the free one on your iPads as you can only make one book and yopu need to delete everything to start over again. If there is one app that is worth paying then this it it.

KS1, KS2
Book Creator

Now also available to use via Google Chrome. See our tutorial here.One of the essential iPad apps. Please see our video tutorials here. Book Creator allows students to add text, images and videos from the camera roll, direct video recordings and photos from the camera, voice recordings, music from Garageband, drawings, speech bubbles, thought bubbles and shapes to a page. You can also opt for comic book laouts to create comics. As you can insert anything from the camera roll, Book Creator becomes a great place to showcase animations, films, paintings explanaotory videos and more.  Books save as PDFs, videos or ePubs with plans in the pipeline to publish directly to the web. Available for iPad, Android and Windows 10.

Brushes App

Create simple and complex paintings with this free app as used by David Hockney. Brushes records all the strokes you made whilst painting and allows you to play them back as a movie. Paintings can be saved to the photo gallery and exported to computers or other iPads using Google Drive

Cargo Bot

Program a robot to move crates. Uses sequence and procedures. You can record your solutions and export the video to the camera roll. Includes tutorials to introduce you to each new concept.

Category:Learn to code
Cato's Hike

Essentially, 'Cato’s Hike' is a universal game for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to teach kids and young children basic programming skills. The younger ones will obviously enjoy solving levels using simpler coding techniques but the hope is the older ones will pick up more advanced concepts like loops and branching as well as even more advanced concepts like a basic stack or memory! 

Category:Learn to code
DeviceiPad, iPod
KS1, KS2, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6
Chicken Coop Fractions

Estimate the decimal equivalent of each fraction by placing it on a number line

DeviceiPad, iPod

Make as many words as you can from the random selection of letters. Challenging and fun. (Android £1.49)

DeviceiPad, iPod, Android
KS1, KS2
ClayFrames Lite

Simple android stop motion animation app. This is free but there is also a paid for version for £1.59 here

Clicker Docs

Turn your iPad into a word processor with differentiated settings and word banks

KS1, KS2
Clicker Sentences

Build struggling writers' levels of confidence. Tap words in a grid to build sentences. Links to Dropbox to transfer content to a PC.

KS1, KS2
codeSpark Academy

Set in the animated world of Foosville, where the character of the Glitch is wreaking havoc, the app offers scenes where players need to help the inhabitants to do something. In one puzzle, kids create a program so the policewoman can reach her favorite doughnut. In another, they must help a construction worker fill a chasm with rubber tires so that he can hop over them to reach his trusted hammer. Kids will play through numerous programming puzzles, set in different locations -- including the town, outer space, and a diner.

This coding app is free for schools and for consumers there is a free Hour of Code experience

Category:Learn to code
DeviceiPad, iPod
EYFS, KS1, KS2, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6