For the past four weeks I’ve been working with the 4th class pupils in Silvermines National School. We’ve been using Scratch and it’s been great fun for all of us 🙂 The class are in a mixed class with 5th and 6th so it was lovely for me to have a small group to work with. We only had an hour a week but we’ve covered a lot.
The first week was taken up with showing the basics of Scratch and getting comfortable with how to get things done. Some of that morning was spent training their robots (i.e myself and their teacher). What was lovely to see was that they had already played this game as Gaeilge over the previous couple of weeks so they had already begun to think algorithmically without even being aware of it.
Week 2 saw us working on a basic Scratch game involving a shark, a fish, some basic movement and changing costumes. This game helped to introduce topics like collision detection, scores, broadcasting to trigger an event and many other game related concepts. Weeks 3 and 4 then saw the group working in pairs to create their own games and animations. I really enjoyed seeing what they came up with and seeing how getting something working really spurred them on to improve their game.
We also had fun with a Makey Makey apple piano …
… before bringing a human version back in to show the rest of their class 🙂