Programming with Scratch: create a virtual African art museum

At London CLC we run a whole range of Scratch workshops and activities in schools.

Teaching and learning consultant and resident Scratch wizard Rowan Roberts shares one of her favourites.

In this fun Scratch session,

  • Look at some African masks and learn about the people who made them
  • Create a virtual museum to display our favourite masks
  • Program the masks to tell us about themselves!
Step 1: Visit your museum
Go to: bit.ly/scratchmasks
  • Click ‘See inside’
  • Find the Sprite called ‘Sam’
  • What do you think his program will do?
  • Change Sam’s costume
  • Change Sam’s name
  • What is missing from our museum?

We need some masks!

Step 2

Choose your masks.

In a new tab (+), go to: bit.ly/maskresearch

Which three masks would you like to exhibit?

Plan your exhibition

  • Choose your three favourite masks
  • Write down at least one fact about each of them
  • Plan where you will hang each mask: left, right or middle?

Back to Scratch!

Find your mask sprites at the bottom of the page and click the eye to make them visible.

Drag the masks into their frames.

Add your facts

Use the speech bubble block, in the looks section:

Make sure you give the right facts to the right masks!

Create an input

Go to ‘Events’.

Do any of these blocks look like they might help us?

Event blocks

This block will run an instruction when you click on the mask.

We can use it!

Making your mask talk when you click it.

Reset block

You can use this  script to move your masks into the right position when you click the green flag.

Just drag the mask to set the numbers.

What else can you do?

Read, predict and test each script by adding it to your code.

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Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

14/06/22,
09:15
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EYFS, KS1, KS2
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Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.

Presentations

The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

24/06/22,
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
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KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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