We have been running transition sessions over the last few weeks for the new class and the children have been working together, indoors and out, getting to know each other and getting a feel for the learning that is going to happen next year.
Part of our sessions looked at ourselves and our hopes for the coming year and the new class have designed avatars to share this – see below.
Having had discussions about what we love to do and shared this with the group, we made some models of ourselves using clay – impressive designs below looking carefully at the mirror to include all our features and following initial instructions well to make some outstanding portraits!
At the beginning of term we noticed that there was an Aberfeldy Film Festival where children could enter their movies. We were excited by this and wanted to make our entry.
In class we were learning about Climate Change and we wanted to make a movie to encourage people to look after our world so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we can.
We had made a trailer last year and this year we set the challenge of making a ten minute film. All of our filming was shot and edited using our class ipad. We were all given roles during the filming. These included, Prop Managers, Directors, Camera Crew, Actors, News Reporters and Editing Experts.
The film process involved:
Learning about Climate Change.
We began learning about the techniques of filming. Such as, long shots, close-ups, range, lighting, sound and using the camera correctly.
Through shared writing we created storyboards to map out our movie.
We scripted our movie and thought of locations to film.
Mr Gibson (a professional artist and illustrator) came in to help us to sketch out our puppets and to bring our characters to life.
We made our puppets and designed our costumes and props. This involved creating scenery.
We then began filming. We filmed in our classroom and around the village of Kenmore.
After we felt we had enough film. We began to piece our story together by editing on the ipad. This was a long process and it took a lot of thinking through to put it all together.
We then showed our film to parents at our Harvest Showcase where we were able to receive feedback on our movie.
We have now entered our film into the Aberfeldy Competition and are awaiting a response!
Skills we think we have developed:
Editing (Voice overs)
Using the ipad
Please take the time to watch our movie and leave us feedback after this post! Enjoy!
To find the film please visit:
To find out more information about what we get up to each week please visit our twitter page. @KenmoreP345
As the season changes it is clear to me there cannot be many places that compare to Highland Perthshire in autumn. The tress and the loch are so beautiful and I think everyone appreciates what a fantastic setting we are all working and learning in.
The Autumn Term is nine weeks long and we work right up to 23rd December which feels late this year but school starts again on Monday 9th January so the holiday is over three weekends which may allow some families to go away or just enjoy some peaceful time after the hustle and bustle of the festive period.
This year we plan to do Christmas slightly differently and we all hope you enjoy what the pupils and staff are planning on sharing with you, your friends and families on Wednesday 14th December at the school.
I hope you will look at the webpage, blogs and twitter feeds that the classes and Heads Together groups are posting to record the work they are doing over the next term.
As always your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.