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The use of iPads in the classroom has revolutionised the way children are taught. iPads engage, motivate and inspire pupils’ learning, and at Junior Jam we have developed, and continue to develop a range of courses that allow children to learn the Computing curriculum using iPads that we can supply. As the world becomes increasingly rich with technology, Junior Jam teaches pupils to create programs, films, music and a range of other content, whilst encouraging them to express themselves and develop their own ideas using the latest apps.
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Computing replaced ICT as a subject in September 2014, with the new programme of study focusing heavily towards programming. Programming experience is the best way for pupils to learn about computer science, therefore Junior Jam teaches pupils to create programs, systems and a range of content while encouraging them to express themselves and develop their own ideas. There will be an emphasis on how what is learnt can be used in a future working environment, as our world is becoming increasingly rich with technology. In line with the National Curriculum, we have developed workshops which combine all of these elements.
Key Stage 1
Students will be introduced into the world of coding using the language 'Blockly'. They will work through basic logic exercises, understanding steps and writing algorithms for different apps to follow. This will progress into using code to create 'Spyrograph' style artwork.
Building on the students’ knowledge of ‘Blockly’ from Level 1, they will need to apply more logical thinking to create their own programmed story within the app ‘Scratch Jnr’. More advanced elements will be covered and each story will be able to showcase each group's understanding.
Key Stage 2
Students will use games to learn key coding skills. They will learn how to use the coding language 'Blockly' to introduce key programming elements such as steps, loops, basic logic and functions such as 'if-statements'. This will progress into using code to create 'Spyrograph' style artwork.
iFunction looks at creating programs to solve real-world problems. Building upon their knowledge of ‘Blockly’ from Level 1, they will apply what they have learnt to create games, control solutions and other problems mimicking the real application of programming. We will also introduce written programming languages and teach basic syntax.
This module will require students to use their knowledge of 'Blockly' to search through a broken program and repair the mistakes to make the program function correctly. They will then progress to create programs of their own design.
The iJam lessons combine computing skills with music theory and composition in an exciting and hands-on fashion using iPads. Amongst other things, children will be taught about instrumentation and song structure, rhythm and tempo, pitch and dynamics, genre and music from different cultures, audio recording and sound editing. The iJam course will improve students' general knowledge and appreciation of popular and world music. Each level gives schools the option of steady progression.
Key Stage 1
My First Song
This is an introduction to basic song writing skills using the apps Star Composer and GarageBand. Students will work initially as a class, creating a class song before moving into pairs or small groups to create a short composition using a variety of instruments and sounds available within the apps.
My First Band
Students will learn about a selection of different styles of popular music from the past 60 years and be tasked with creating their own versions using the app GarageBand. Children will learn how to recognise different instruments and sounds associated with different genres.
Key Stage 2
This is an introduction to basic music production skills using the app GarageBand. Students will work in pairs or small groups to create a short composition using a variety of instruments and sounds available in the app. Tempo will be addressed, both in relation to musical genre and how it affects the feel and impact of a song. Musical and rhythmical patterns will be developed and students will appraise each other's work with a view to implementing changes and improving their compositions.
Participants will begin by listening to a variety of popular dance music styles and analysing key elements that distinguish one genre from another. These findings will then be applied when students create a short composition in their chosen genre. Elements such as dynamics and pitch will be explored and applied to the compositions. The concept of the 'Audio Spectrum' will be introduced and participants will begin to use stereo-panning and level controls to improve their music's balance and texture.
This level focuses on the origin and progression of hip hop as a musical movement. Students will study the basic elements of the genre and develop their sampling and audio editing skills to create their own original hip hop track. As well as using GarageBand, other apps will be introduced so participants can add their own drum rhythms, loops and sampled sounds to their compositions. Students will progress to creating lyrics to rap, and speak or sing them accompanying their tracks.
The iMusic Theory levels are an engaging way to teach your Music curriculum. Using iPads to aid the lesson, students will work through keyboard skills, scales, notes, chords and notation in a fun and engaging way. As students progress, they will improve coordination, rhythm, dexterity and ability to recognise different tones within an array of musical genres.
Key Stage 2
This is an introduction to reading and playing music. Students will learn basic keyboard skills to help understand how to play notes and chords. By working through a number of exercises looking at notation, timing and rhythm, students will learn how to read music in the treble clef and perform a song to the class.
iMusic Theory Level 2 will progress each student's understanding further by teaching about different types of music dating back to the Baroque era. Each learning session will be a journey, applying knowledge learnt in Level 1 to perform songs, while developing understanding of not only reading music but the understanding of key, pitch and timbre as new instruments get introduced.
iMusic Theory Level 3 will combine elements covered in Levels 1 and 2, however it will require students to create their own melodies. To complete this level, students will need to listen and use their knowledge to compose their own song and present it in notation form, in addition to performing it to the class.
Our iDesign lessons develop students' understanding of design for different media, while using iPads. Children will be taught to explore ideas and collect other resources to aid their work, in addition to self-evaluating and gaining feedback. Initial workshops will give students the skills they require to use the software and how to apply it on a basic level. Further on in the level, students will need to think not only on the aesthetic aspects of their design but on whether it suits the theme, purpose and media they are designing for. Each level will build on the skills learnt from the last and apply them in a real working-life context.
Key Stage 1
This level aims to introduce participants to digital photography in the modern era. They learn about the basic principles of taking good pictures such as focal point, foreground and background and the importance of light and photo-editing techniques.
Participants will create a class magazine including photographs and text. All skills learnt during Level 1's 'iPhotography' will be recapped and participants will learn how to format pictures and text.
Key Stage 2
This level aims to introduce participants to digital photography in the modern era. They learn about the basic principles of taking good pictures (such as framing, the rule of thirds, focus and perspective) and photo-editing techniques. Using iPads, the students gain hands-on experience of shooting and editing photographs around a theme or style of photography. At the end of the course, students will compile their images to create a digital album or portfolio and present their work to the rest of the class.
Participants will create a magazine including graphics, photographs and text about a theme of their choice. They will have to research, explore and develop ideas for both the aesthetics and content of the magazine, thus crossing curriculum with English. All skills learnt during Level 1's 'iPhotography' will be developed and students will have to select specific shots to suit the genre of their magazine. Graphics and typography will be introduced and applied to their work.
This module is all about creating outstanding designs, with attention not only on format, dimensions, layout and colour choice but on target audience and web platform. Students will be presented with various design briefs over the level and need to also think about what the client would want. This is a very practical, project-based module and will require students to analyse, review and evaluate their work more than ever.
Key Stage 1
Students will create their own cartoon using the app iStopMotion. This will focus on character creation and storytelling and will be followed by an introduction to basic Stop Motion.
Level 2: Cartoon Creation LEGOLite
Students will create their own LEGO cartoon. This level will continue looking at stop motion and also give an introduction into character creation and 2D animation. This will require children to think about how their character acts in addition to planning a simple storyline.
Key Stage 2
Students will create their own series of short stop motion animations using the app iStopMotion. Working in groups, all participants will plan, film and edit their animations together to form a mini-film including titles and scene transitions using iMovie.
Advanced Stop Motion & Sound Effects
Participants will be taught how to create an animation for green screen before learning how to record and edit their own sound effects, ready to be included in their finished animations. This will involve a mix of sounds selected from a sample library and Foley effects that will be created, recorded and edited by the students.
This module initially looks into early 2D animation and its development. Students will learn about vector animation and need to think about creating an animation that not only looks at the design and story, but how characters move and interact.
The iFilm lessons aim to introduce students to filming and film-editing using iPads, which we supply. Creativity, teamwork and project management are key elements of each workshop and all participants are encouraged to develop and implement these alongside the computing, filming and editing skills attained throughout the lessons. Important topics covered will include camera angles and use of lighting, preparation and planning, video and sound editing, as well as location management. The iFilm lessons focus heavily on the use of new media. There is an emphasis on creative writing and clear, confident public speaking, meeting criteria in the National Curriculum for English.
Key Stage 1
My First Movie
This is an introduction to basic filming and editing techniques using the apps TeleStory and iMovie. Working in groups, students will be assigned individual roles, then plan and create a film trailer.
The TV Presenter
This module is a great way to develop speaking and listening techniques. During this level, students will create their own class TV channel with different themes each week. This will be aided by a number of apps that will include using voice, actions and preparing videos to enhance each group's work.
Key Stage 2
This is an introduction to basic filming and editing techniques using the app iMovie. Working in groups, students will be assigned individual roles, then will plan and create two film trailers for different genres. Scripting will not be a focus in this first level; instead students will concentrate on storyboarding, camera work and filming techniques, and video editing. Each group will showcase their projects to the class and receive feedback both from their peers and the Junior Jam instructor.
The TV Show
During this module, students will produce their own TV show using iMovie (this could be a game show, soap opera or talent show). The course will develop the technical skills learnt in Level 1 and introduce creative writing in the form of detailed storyboarding and scripting. On top of this, technical and creative roles will be explored in further detail (e.g. location manager, prop designer, wardrobe, etc.). Students will also have the opportunity to create their own jingles, theme music or sound effects. Once complete, all groups will present their projects to the whole class and receive feedback.
This module will build on elements from Levels 1 and 2. Students will learn advanced camera and editing techniques, effects and transitions to produce a music video. Students will also be encouraged to be more creative in both the recording and post-production stages and use their planning to reflect this.
The iBroadcast workshops introduce students to the various skills required to create their own radio show. Students are taught how to present, DJ and create content for different audiences as well as learn the technical skills required to broadcast them. During the course, students will learn the key skills required for each role such as script writing, planning, presenting, engineering, and advert and jingle creation.
Key Stage 2
Students will be taught the history of podcasting before learning how to plan, script, record and publish their own podcasts on the internet. They will be taken through planning the podcast (i.e. thinking of a general theme, writing scripts, and deciding on individual roles within their work group), recording their voices and exporting their podcasts.
iMix and V.J.
In iMix, participants will be taught about dance music's structure, rhythms, tempo and pulse alongside the fundamental techniques used to perform a good and interesting mix. They will learn about the history of DJing before learning how to scratch, cut, mix, and beat-match, as well as use a variety of effects. The unit will also teach how to put video to live music, looking at transitions and recording content ready for a live performance.
Participants will learn how to create adverts and jingles to suit different products and themes. Initially they will be given a brief to create a series of adverts for a particular product, researching and developing different ideas to suit the brief. This will be repeated but instead creating a jingle rather than an advert. The outcome will be for students to have a series of work they can place in their podcasts and radio shows.
iCommunicate is a KS1 only subject that ties in learning about the technology used throughout our iMedia lessons to eSafety and staying safe on the web. Children are using technology from a young age, so learning how to use it safely and respectfully is essential. The course develops into a project-based lesson using the range of skills learnt when completing our iMedia Lite courses to create a blog.
Key Stage 1
The aim of iNet is to create awareness and understanding of technology and its uses. This will be initially through learning about the history of different technology, how to use it safely and responsibly, before finally looking at eSafety and staying safe on the internet.
Level 2, ‘The Blog’, will look at social media and the importance of staying safe and keeping private information private. Students will need to create their own mock social media strategy to engage and educate other children in the importance of eSafety. This will be done in a range of ways such as creating video messages, blog posts, posters and radio advertisements.
The iExperience workshops offer a new and exciting approach to learning. Students will be thrown into a variety of different working-life scenarios experiencing first-hand the applied use of Computing, Science, Math, English, Art & Design and Citizenship. Each experience uses iPads to aid children's learning in a fun and exciting way. Although each level is a different experience, children will be building on key skills and clear development will be evident from not only the work they produce but how they get there.
Key Stage 2
iApprentice teaches participants basic business principles by creating their own business model. Throughout the level they will compete in an 'Apprentice' type task leading to a 'Dragons Den' style presentation of their business idea. The level will take participants through creating a business plan, budgeting and marketing, before presenting the idea to the class.
Participants will begin with training before solving a crime that has happened right in front of their eyes. Students will need to be thorough in their investigation, break codes and use good observational and communication skills if they want to solve this crime. Science and Math skills are put to the test in a real-life scenario. Who will solve the crime?
Students will research and plan a mission into space. They will create a short presentation detailing their exploration, before calculating the science behind a space launch. Once they have built a rocket and a platform to launch from, it will be time to blast off. Using simulation apps, the students will be able to see if their journey comes to fruition and send a rocket off into space to complete their mission. Once in space, the students will be able to gather data from stars and planets using NASA and Hubble telescope apps and then present their findings.
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