For each area of study in week 1: What I Know/What I Want To Know; The Rise of Adolf Hitler; War Is Declared, myself and Mr Williams looked at opportunities where the use of ICT (iPods) could enhance the learning and pupils understanding in these lessons. One of our focuses this year has been to give the pupils' work a real audience - for this particular week the pupils posted their completed work to a class blog (http://6aclasswall.posterous.com), direct from their iPods using the Posterous app. Pupils were asked comments on each others work and parents/carers were invited to leave comments. Other audiences for the children's work have included, guest markers, visitors to the Pupils Learning Walls, the local library and pupils in Year 5.
|Creating QR Codes in QRafter|
Strip Designer: The Rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party
For this task the pupils short video was shown 'The Rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party' to the pupils. The video was paused at key points to give the pupils the opportunity to make notes. The pupils were given the task of creating a timeline in the app Strip Designer that would sequence the key stages which led to the start of World War 2.
|The Start of World War 2 using Strip Designer|
|Table & Graph Created in Pages|
Keynote - Biographies: Agent Zigzag
As part of their studies in literacy the pupils investigated the life of Agent Zigzag (aka Eddie Chapman - a double agent in World War 2). The pupils watched a carefully edited documentary by the BBC; Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story, and made extensive notes. They were shown the basics of Keynotes and then asked to create a presentation to the rest of the class. Only showing the pupils the basics gave them scope to investigate some of the more advanced features of Keynote for themselves, which they loved to do, especially building in and out different effects to pictures, text and slides. The pupils took screenshots of their Keynote slides and then copied them into Pages. This was so that they could post their work to their blog space.
|Screenshots of a Pupil's Slides created in Keynote|
The pupils used the Silent Film app on iPads to recreate the life of Agent Zigzag. They used the work they had done in Keynote and a writing task in Big Writing to help to structure the different aspects of their video. Below is an example of a group of pupils work.
The iBooks below are finished examples of pupils work, which can be downloaded as an ePub file.
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Always one of the highlights of the school year is the annual 'World War 2 Tea Party', which is organised by Mrs Sellers. World war 2 veterans and evacuees are invited to the school to spend the afternoon being entertained by the pupils through songs and dance and have a 'cuppa' and a piece of cake. As part of the afternoon the pupils get chance to discuss with our guests their experiences and any artefacts during World War 2. A particular highlight this year was a veteran who was a Spitfire pilot, he brought memorabilia and taught the pupils how to fly an imaginary Spitfire. The days is always a very moving experience for everyone involved and often coincides with Remembrance Day.
The pupils were in 4s or 5s and given one iPod per group to collect photos from the days events.
To thank our guests for sharing their experiences, the pupils hand wrote thank you letters. They used a FREE app called Pic Collage to arrange their photos they'd collected from the afternoon into frames and attached these to their thank you letters.
|World War 2 Tea Party Pic Collage|