Here at Sandringham, Multimedia has been part of our curriculum and specialist teaching provision for almost 4 years now. Animation is our main focus, but projects can include other elements such as music making, video and sound recording and other digital media.
Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 has the opportunity to take part in at least one 6-week film making project during their school year.
Animation is an exciting and popular area of multimedia, and providing this experience gives our children the chance to discover and develop new and existing skills in technology, creativity, literacy and problem solving.
From the beginning children enjoy an introduction to the history and principles of simple animation, before learning how to create short animated sequences or a film for themselves. They learn how to use animation software and audio-visual equipment and experiment with basic and more advanced techniques of animated film making.
Children now have access to a dedicated animation studio where they can work in smaller groups to develop their skills and experience. So far children have collaborated on class projects as varied as making an advert for a chocolate bar, retelling Ancient Greek myths, making information films about fossil formation, our emergency services and London transport, choreographing 'trash' to music, creating an Autumn firework display with leaves and berries and providing an impressive school-wide resource for teaching about Growth Mindset.
Animation isn't just a fun way to develop new and existing skills, it nurtures and encourages a new and inclusive language for creative expression. It provides a genuine chance for collaboration, the use of technology and real enrichment opportunities for children's wider topic work.