This term the children have been using the Scratch Programming environment to create fireworks displays, learn about gravity, make their own Pokemon games and to create maths quizzes. Here is just a small sample of some of their creations.
The Curzon Clevedon was once again the venue for a workshop on ‘How to make a Pokémon game in Scratch’.
The game the children made consisted of adding a Pokémon trainer that could catch the childrens’ favourite Pokémons using three different poké balls.
The children learnt how to manipulate their favourite Pokémon images in Scratch and animate the balls in order to catch Pokémons. Once the Pokémons were ‘caught’, these followed their trainer everywhere s/he went. There were different variations of the game, but all the children amused themselves by solving the challenges.
Look out for more workshops coming up at the Clevedon Curzon.
Last term, the children had plenty of ideas for Scratch projects. Here are just a handful…
Here are just a selection of the many Scratch projects my primary school children created last term.
In the final session of the school term the children produced some ‘spooky’ projects in Scratch, with some great animations and fun effects. The projects were completed in an hour-long session and here are some of the amusing results…
This term, the children learn to program their own games and control them with the keyboard.
At Coding Club this term, the childrens’ programs generated some fabulous creations. Here are just a few of them.
At Coding Club we encourage the children to learn about sharing and collaboration. They all take turns to ‘show and tell’. It was great to see everyone sharing their creations and explaining the mechanics of their games.
As I entered the school ‘ICT suite’ to deliver the first session on ScratchJr to get the iPads ready, I stared at the vintage PC’s and felt really pleased about our new learning environment. The children are in Year 1 and Year 2 (6/7 years old) and were very eager to see what we were going to do with the shiny new iPads. Continue reading “ScratchJr for Year1 and Year2”
I have been teaching Scratch to primary school children for two years now.
Scratch was developed by MIT to enable children to create their own stories and games while learning to code. There is a terrific community of ‘scratchers’ where projects are shared and remixed. Thousands of projects have been made – from very simple animations to complex programs. Continue reading “Why I love Scratch”