Great Open Door is known by schools for our creative methods of storytelling in assemblies. We want to enable the children of Harlow to also become great storytellers through many different mediums. Living in a digital age, we would love to get the children in your school telling stories using technology, so we have developed an after school Animations Club. The children would use tablet devices to retell a Bible story using stop motion technology.
The after school club would run for 45-60 minutes, once a week for a half term, on a day to be agreed with the school. This group is particularly suitable for children in KS2 and would offer 20 places on a first come first served basis. We ask that there is a teacher in close vicinity in case any issues arise and to oversee the collection of the children at the end of the session.
In the first session of the Animations Club, the children will be told a Bible story. They will then plan an animation based on this story, putting the key events into a storyboard. Over the following weeks, they will use the Minecraft Stop-Motion app on our tablets to create their own animation of the Bible story. To create the animation the children will take a series of photos of toy figures on the tablets.
The software will collate these images into a video and gives the children the opportunity to add sound or text to the animation.
At the end of the sessions, opportunities could be made for children to share their animations with both their parents and their classmates. We would work with the school to arrange a suitable time and method of doing this.
We understand that most schools do not allow outside organisations to store images of pupils on their devices, therefore we are providing Lego-style toy figures for children to use as characters in their animations and will ensure that any images of the children that are taken are deleted immediately. We, also, have parental controls enabled on our tablet devices, meaning the children are only able to access apps/content needed to make their animations.