Animation across the curriculum

On Thursday (19/1/12) I spent the day working with about 20 Bradford Primary school staff looking at using ‘animation across the curriculum’. The staff were great and we looked at many opportunities for utilising animations to use as a stimulus for writing across the curriculum and also to model processes such as the water cycle.

We then looked at how the children could demonstrate their learning through animation and how we could introduce animation by using a free resource called pivot stick animator. Later we explored a few tools to create an animation including sound for free. We did this by combining the free animation package MonkeyJam, importing this in to Windows Movie Maker to add credits and imported sounds we had created using sound recorder (found in the accessories folder on Windows OS machines) or for more control you could use Audacity. I thought this would be a bit of a challenge utilising 3 pieces of software but the staff managed this with ease to make some simple but enjoyable animated sequences.

After lunch we looked at commercial solutions and discussed I Can Animate and Zu3D. We only had time to look at one in detail and I had decided to focus on the new version of Zu3D, have to say we were all impressed with the ease of use and particularly the simple creation of credits. An example of an animation created can be found on @primaryictian’s blog post. We also all liked the Hue webcams we used to capture sound and video.

animation course on PhotoPeach

Anybody interested in learning more please contact me and look out for the launch of the 8th ‘Bradford Annual Film and Animation’ competition held at the National Media Museum.

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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4 Responses

  1.' Mr Hayslop says:

    This was a brilliant practical session of how to use stop motion animation to make learning more creative. Judging by how engrossed we were, it has huge potential to inspire in the classroom.

    Ian Hayslop
    Bradford Moor Primary School

  2.' Mr Hayslop says:

    Check the fruits of our hard work here:

  3. Paul Scott says:

    Some of the handouts and resources can be found on the downloads section of our website –