Activity 2 (Year 3-6): Christmas e-card in Scratch
It’s great that children can now code in Scratch on an iPad, it means that so many excellent lesson resources that are out there can be used even if you don’t have laptops any more (though you need to avoid anything that involves keyboard presses or mouse / pointer following behaviour). You need to create a teacher account in Scratch and then create logins for your children.
I had a bit of fun with this lesson at Credenhill this morning in Year 4. Here is the inspiration for the lesson: We first decomposed this example by talking through the sprites and what their coding might look like. The children then searched through backgrounds and sprites (there is next to nothing unfortunately) but we then learned about .png files (transparent backgrounds) and they quickly found plenty of material online. A bit more time spent particularly on repeats and repeat loops and forever loops and they were away.
Jane is going to show them how to copy the link from Scratch to Seesaw, so that a QR code can then be created. These will be printed out and stuck onto the back of the real life physical cards the children will create later in the term so that the recipient can scan with a smart phone / tablet to see the e-card too.