James & the Giant Peach

Working with teachers and pupils at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Arts Champion Darren Latham helped the school produce an animation telling Roald Dahl’s famous story James and the Giant Peach.

The teachers at St. Josephs had express an interest in developing their skills in the creative use of ICT, animation allows learners to combine traditional art skills like drawing and sculpture while developing creative digital competency skills. Darren introduced the teaches and TAs to to the apps Green Screen by Do Ink and I Can Animate, different animation methods using drawing and plasticine and animators tips and tricks like secondary movements and characterisation. Some of the equipment utilised is already available, this includes iMovie and Garageband that come pre installed on all iPads, but are often under-utilised. Teachers were able to increase their confidence using these seeing that they are quite simple to learn.

Using James and the Giant Peach as a starting point the class were encouraged to respond to the story using the Experience, Respond, Create framework. Working in non-friendship groups encourages students to explore new ideas and the class came up with a huge rage of ideas for their animation. Guided by teachers with Darren’s support the class made a 5 minute animation utilising a range of styles and techniques, with original characters and soundtrack. The children used their own voices to narrate the story and add dialogue, improving their confidence in speaking and listening.

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