Designing and Building Software at Key Stage One
From the Nuffield Foundation, these activities allow children to work in teams to design and build a piece of interactive, multimedia presentation software for other children to enjoy and learn from. The teams produce one final product and test their design ideas on the target audience, which may be another class in the school.
The subject suggested is the story of a school bus, but any other suitable subject could be used.
The main task is broken down into smaller activities that help the children to:
* Consider the appropriate use of font style and size, colour, backgrounds, graphic images and sound.
* Manipulate images, sounds and text on screen using a variety of tools.
* Plan, build, test, debug, rebuild, and test the software.
* Consider the needs and preferences of the target audience.
The project allows links with literacy, art and music.