Whilst we intend this work to be transferable and meaningful in stimulating a host of primary-focused writing situations, we decided that for the initial project, a perfect narrative vehicle for the Kodudes project would be a film-based theme: the children would create
Each session follows a similar, albeit flexible, structure to ensure the key foci of the project are covered. The sessions begin with pupils writing a diary entry
for the previous week's work. This allows a recapping of the narrative, a review of their creative writing and of the coding skills they discovered: perfect preparation for the new work about to undertaken.
Attention then turns to the focus
for this session's creative writing work: in the Permier Stories project, this has taken the form of watching and discussing the appropriate excerpt of the Monsters vs Aliens movie. This may also involve comparing how these elements of the story plot were covered in the different media, such as the junior novel, the movie storybook, the younger reader or the PC and DS games.
A stimulus for writing
(often a shared/collaborative exercise such as generating word/phrase banks) is then used to prepare the pupils for a period of effective and powerful writing. Crucially, the writing takes place within Kodu, ulilising the <say> action command. To the 'audience' experiencing the Kodu story file in play mode, this narrative appears as 'popups' as the character being controlled encounters them along the physical story path of the 'schema' (see below).
The second part of the session then turns to exploring the same narrative section in a visual way still within the Kodu environment: the pupils turn their attention to creating a dynamic 3D representation
of a setting for a scene they have just written about. These often develop further with some conditional or interactive elements being programmed.
The climax of the film will similarly be developed in into a minigame
: a culmination of the project work intended to draw on all of the pupil's creative and coding skills.
The innovative and creative Premier Stories project is being run in two schools in two Local Authorities: