Having looked at the story this past week, I wanted to provide an engaging way for the children to retell the story. So we used the app Puppet Pals HD.
This app is an excellent child friendly animation app, where children can either use characters loaded within the app or use the camera to take a picture and clip around it to use their own. With a very simple layout it was a perfect app to use with this exercise. There are some other good animation apps available however this one allows you to export the finished films to the camera roll rather than upload it to an external website plus the ability to use your own characters made it easier for the children to relate to the story.
After a quick recap of the story, children had to try and select as many props and characters from the built in scenes that could fit into their story. Once all the characters have been selected the children then selected a background and recorded moving the characters while narrating or speaking in character. The children absolutely loved the lesson; being able to see their own story come to life was so encouraging and sharing them with the class really filled them with a sense of pride.
As this was the first time the children used the app, it was a big ask for them to familarise themselves with the app while remembering every part of the story. I expect the next time we use this app, the children will be fluent with it and therefore focus purely on the speaking and listening aspects of the exercise, however for Year 1 I was impressed with the understanding the story.