Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was for the children to create an animation using Scratch Junior, based on one of their stories about the Gruffalo.

The video shows the class being introduced to their task as well as some step by step instruction on how to use the basic tools in Scratch Junior.

Extended Lesson Plan


This lesson is a follow on from our Writing lesson, based on The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. I was pleased with the level of engagement from the class. Everybody was keen to create their animation and listened and followed my instructions accordingly. I felt this lesson went very well, and was achievable for all the children in the class.

Things to Note

Scratch Junior is not very easy to draw on, so it is best not to have too high hopes for the artistry of the pictures you draw. If you wanted to focus more on the coding than the story telling, there are characters already created that you could let the children choose to use.

We added in sound in a separate lesson to incorporate the conversations we had practised writing between our characters. This can be done in the green menu, by selecting the microphone button.

In order to share our learning, we screen recorded our iPads, and uploaded these recordings to our Drives, before sharing on our blogs.

Learner Generated Content


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Charlotte Gaston

Pt England School,

Auckland, New Zealand

Manaiakalani Research

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand