Playing with Ideas

IMG_7529Unfortunately one of our schools today couldn’t make it but Oakdene Y2 more than made up for it! Their enthusiasm from the minute they arrived was fantastic and mixing that with an attitude to learn something new was a winning combination.

These children had never done any green screen or animation work before and my intention was to combine both in creating animated Christmas cards. As usual, the focus was not on the skill in hand really (they always get that anyway, they just need practise to develop it further), it was more to work collaboratively, creatively and within a given task.  Some used the resources I had prepared, many then created new ones that hadn’t been provided, they solved the problems in front of them brilliantly. That is what animation is all about and with more practice they will get the rhythm of the FPS (they will know what that means) better and avoid as many hands, blurs, shots of the floor and shakes in their future work. For day 1 it was an impressive start.

They did marvellously well and we were keen to combine their Nativity performance repertoire in the final film. You may never get the song out of your head if you watch the whole video! Well done to all of you and hopefully we will see you again as you progress through school so we can take advantage of that enthusiasm to develop your skills even further!


  1. Excellent website you have here but I was wondering if you
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    I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get opinions
    from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.
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    1. Unfortunately in am not aware of this sort of work being done in this way anywhere else in the UK let alone further internationally. I did speak to a government official in the Middle East a few years ago on the subject but the level of work we were doing on this at the time was minimal. I’d have a lot more to tell him now. Sorry but keep in touch and if you know of any schools who would like to take part in our challenge days (next one on 2nd March) then ask them to contact me. It doesn’t cost them anything but I’m sure they would enjoy the experience!

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