With some tasks I have set the children I give a purpose for their work by adding it is something I want to show younger children in the school to help them with their learning or for people visiting the school, prospective parents, special visitors for example. This always means the children approach the work with a more mature attitude. It is giving the task a sense of worth and turning the children into teachers. Using the iPads give children the perfect opportunity to showcase this through some excellent speaking and listening opportunities.
With my class last year we had a focus 'sentence of the week.' These sentences are from the fantastic Alan Peat book "Writing Exciting Sentences," in the two years since investing in the excellent resources by Alan I have seen a massive improvement in the children's ability to write and express themselves using some really interesting and varied sentences. The level of writing has dramatically improved and we cannot praise the ideas Alan provides for teaching Literacy. The children's ability to improve their writing by using some of these ideas have been extraordinary and the children feel so confident sharing their knowledge, so we put this to the test.
I also quickly introduced the "Action Movie FX" app. A really useful app to spark children's imaginations by adding movie style FX onto a normal video. Children were able to blow up their boring sentences before making it super! This was a real 'wow' factor to the videos, the children absolutely loved seeing their work up in flames before making it better.
5B Super Sentences adverts from Davyhulme Primary School on Vimeo.
5A Super Sentences adverts from Davyhulme Primary School on Vimeo.