The app - Curious Words - encourages children to record one second videos based on the word that appears on the screen. The children then build up a number of videos into a short film that is then shared to the camera roll. It is a simple and straightforward app that really challenged children to think creatively through 'interpretive' dance.
After demonstrating the app, the children were put in groups of three to record their own film within the app. I demonstrated how they could use their bodies through dance, shapes and drama to record the video for each word. It was great to see children eagerly trying to decode and read the words leading into carefully planning and choreographing a short video to go with the word. They could change the word if they were really struggling and they are able to add a filter onto the video if they wanted.
It was a challenge for some of the class to hold the iPad still while filming but it was good practise for what they will do further on in school.
I could easily repeat this activity with KS2 children with the hope they would be able to stretch themselves further with the videos they create for the words. Here are some examples of the videos RY1 created -