S1/2 Courses


August - December

All About Me

Hand out worksheet with "My eyes are...." etc
Type up the list in Word, adding your answers.

S1 - Powerpoint - Charity presentation

My fairy godmother has given me one hundred imaginary pounds. I want to give it to charity. Pupils to make a presentation persuading me to spend some of my money on their chosen charity.
Class brainstorm a list of charities, written on board (add to it or prompt if necessary)
Pupils individually choose a charity
Go on to internet and research charity - find their website, save their logo, find out what they do, what work do volunteers do, what do they spend money raised on (a worksheet with questions would be good next year)

S2 - Radio Station Interview

Aliens have invaded the school. You are going to report on this for Edinburgh FM. In pairs choose who you will interview - an eyewitness, a pupil running away from the scene, an alien etc. Prompt questions on worksheet. One person will pretend to be the interviewer, one will be the interviewee. Type a script in Word. Record using Audacity.
Radio Interview.doc
This task didn't work well. Pupils don't work well in pairs. Most pairs didn't record their interview. Need to rethink for next year.

2020 Funding

Week 1 - Plan a letter

Explain about the funding the school will recieve. Individually write down a list of things you think the money should be spent on.
Write letter to Sir Tom Hunter thanking him for the funding OR write a letter to the planning committee to suggest things to spend the money on.

2020 Funding

Week 2 - Type a letter

Explain the format of a letter.
Get pupils to type in their address or schools address, the address they're sending it to, and the date.
Type their letter up in Word and print it out.

Appleworks Graphics

Week 1 - PC Advert
Week 2 - Football strip
Week 3 - Sports Car
(Next year - Can start with Draw Practice, if it works)

October - Refresh

Week 1 - login, check email access, printers, My Docs, etc :-(

Hardware - Input/Output/Backing Storage/Process

Matching Game using cards with words of devices and cards with pictures of devices.
Part 1 - match device picture to name
Part 2 - group devices into Input, Output, Process or Storage

Hardware - Worksheets

Worksheets from the photocopyable books

Email - The Joys of Outlook

In Powerpoint, draw a monster using circles, squares and lines. Colour them.
Open Outlook, create a new email, type in a friend's name and check the name (in pairs email a friend in the class)
Send an email to the friend describing your monster in detail
When you recieve an email from your friend with their description, open a new slide in powerpoint and try to recreate their monster.
Compare monsters with your friend. Did your monster look like what they'd drawn? Was your description good enough?


Week 1 - Halloween Joke

Google for "kids jokes" and find a spooky joke (clean and non-offensive - imagine telling it to your gran or the headteacher)
Type or copy the joke into Word.
Go to Flickr.com. Choose a spooky picture that matches your joke. Copy and paste (or Save and Insert) the photo into

Week 2 - Hardware Trading cards

Class brainstorm input and output devices - write on board
Pupils choose a device each from the list - one each so no duplication
Create a trading card for an input or output device - choose a picture from Flickr
Go to website http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/deck.php and create trading card

Next year - other Flickr toys at http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
Take photos and create a comic strip (need more cameras)
Spell name with Flickr http://metaatem.net/words/

Internet Searching

InternetTask1.doc - search the BBC website
This task is based on Firrhill's S1/2 coursework but was too difficult for most pupils. Needs to be adapted or modelled more.

Google Searching Quiz

Google lyric searching.doc (by Ian W in S5)
Try and find the songs by searching using " "


Learning to touch-type

Pupils will use a couple of website flash games to learn to touch-type. Using cloths the pupils cover their hands once their fingers are in position. They then follow the instructions on screen. This will take 3-4 weeks. If pupils finish the Dancemat tutorial and know the keys well, they could start to type stories with their hands still covered.
Dancemat Typing is best to use to go through the stages and keys
Freetypinggame.net is good for light relief at the end of the lessons, although there are lessons on this site as well as games.


S1 - Letter to a future you

Pupils are going to write a letter to themselves at the end of S6 (or S4/5 - whenever they leave school). Once the letter is finished, it will be sealed in an envelop, addressed, and kept safe by the teacher until the relevant leaving ceremony.

Week 1 - Open Word and type the first paragraph about yourself just now. Things to talk about can include:
  • How old you are
  • You and your friends
  • subjects you like/dislike
  • films and TV shows you like
  • Pop groups and music you like listening to
  • Film stars and pop stars you like
  • Sports you play
  • Sports teams you support
  • What you do in the evenings and weekends
  • Any holidays you've been on recently
  • Hobbies

Week 2 - Open your letter and write another paragraph about who you'd like to be in the future. Things to talk about can include:
  • What subjects you hope you've studied. Which do you think you'll do best at?
  • What part time jobs you think you might have done
  • What job you think you'll do after you finish school
  • What college or university course you might be going to do
  • What skills do you think you will learn (like juggling or diving)
  • What sports you will do

S2 - Smokin' Spreadsheets

New Year is a time of resolutions. Discuss with the class what kinds of resolutions they and their families have made. Quitting smoking is a common resolution for adults. Discuss why smoking is bad for your body.

Week 1 - Work through basic multiplication formulas in Excel and cell replication
  • Given the cost of £2.25 for 10 cigarettes, demonstrate how to calculate the cost per day if you smoke 20, 30 or 40 cigarettes a day.
  • Pupils then work out the cost per week (day*7), cost per month (week*4), cost per year (week*52 or month*12 - discuss difference in result)
  • Ask the pupils to find out two figures from a website (http://www.roycastle.org/kats/facts.htm) - the number of kids who start smoking every day in the UK, and the number of people who die from smoking every day in the UK. They should then calulate these figures per week, per month and per year.

Week 2 - More tables and graphs
  • Work out something else per day, per week, per month, per year to remember last week
  • Demonstrate how to create graphs. Demonstrate how to create graphs when two columns are not next to each other.
  • Pupils then create graphs for the data they have already calculated.

Other tasks:
Changing borders and shading
Changing colours on graphs
Adding photos and pictures into a spreadsheet
Exporting a spreadsheet table to another application.

February / March

Powerpoint Game

Pupils try out existing Powerpoint choose-your-own-adventure style games
(Shared Drive / Resources / Computing / S1-2 / Powerpoint)
Plan out your own adventure game - Write story, draw storyboard for a few scenes
Demonstrate how to create slides and add hyperlinks
Create adventure using Powerpoint
Play / Test other pupil's games

Notes - This task was too big for the pupils and took too many weeks. The kids were fed up with it and a few of them lost their work over the holiday (a BT mystery I think). Need to find a way to break down this task so they are achieving something each lesson. This has been run in Primary schools as a group task, but I'm not sure how that would work here - pupils absent and not good at group work etc.

Ext task - add an animation into the powerpoint game (as a reward for the person who finishes the game without dying) or as a seperate powerpoint file. Draw a stickman using draw tools, duplicate the slide (Ctrl-D), adjust the stickman slightly, duplicate the slide, etc etc. Change the timing on the slide to 0.3 seconds and the animation will play happily.


Week 1 - Create a Cartoon

Find a (clean non-offensive) joke online
Use www.toondoo.com to create a cartoon of the joke

Week 2 - ???

If finished, check toondoo for comments and views


ArtRage Graphics

Week 1 - Draw a scene with an animal or plant

Demonstrate the tools and changing colours using ArtRage
Demonstrate trying to add in a background after doing a tree - doesn't work.
Ask pupils to create a nice background, with mountains or city or underwater, THEN draw animal or plant on top
Sometimes easier to turn on 'intra-dry'

ArtRage Graphics

Week 2 - Draw a scene with an animal or plant

Demonstrate the tools and changing colours using ArtRage

ArtRage Graphics vs Powerpoint Vector Graphics

Week 3 - Create

Demonstrate the tools and changing colours using ArtRage

YouTube Computing

Week 1 - Find a video on YouTube

Worksheet: (YouTube Computing.doc)
Go to YouTube.com and find a video you like about computing. It could be an old video or advert, about computer games, a computer programme or a new advert, like the PC vs Mac ads.
1. Write down the address of the one you like:
2. Why do you like this video? What do you think others will learn from watching it?

Try bookmarking / add favourite for the page too (not sure if this is saved on profile)
If finished, go to www.mojiti.com and create a new account
(S2) Pupils can also create a youtube account and start to add favourites

YouTube Computing

Week 2 - Mojiti

Demonstrate how to import a youtube video in mojiti and add 'spots'.
Show adding text, subtitles, speech and thought bubbles, 'flash' graphics moving round the screen.
If webcams work next year, you could even add in a video of kids saying why they like the video.
Other mojiti tasks could include making a karaoke version of a music video from YouTube - add subtitles with lyrics.


Week 1 - ??

Week 2 - ??

Week 3 - ??

Week 4 - free time

http://roxik.com/pictaps/ - animation of stickman - very cool :-)

S1/2 next year - Webcam Animations

Although we want to use the webcams for doing video calls in Modern languages and with the other 2020 schools, I want to use them with the S1 and S2 classes to do animations.

Week one - get used to the hardware and software
Draw a line, take a picture and repeat lots, gradually making an animation of a drawing appearing

Week two - Start to introduce props
Working in pairs and using little wooden artists manakins I got cheap in Lidl, create an animation of the manakin walking or dancing

Week three - Use fiddly props (dependent on behaviour)
Use beads and bead boards from Ikea to make animations like fireworks

Week four - plan out a very short move
Storyboard a short stop-motion animation movie

Week five - create a set
Print out flickr pictures or draw a background, or make a set using a photocopier paper box or lid

Week six - make plasticine models
Design and create the characters for the short movie

Weeks seven and eight - make the movie
Use the set and charaters to make the short movie then add in sound effects

S2 next year - Games Design - Scratch

Learn how to program/script using Scratch

S2 next year - Games Design - MissionMaker

Aim - Create a computer game in German / French (with the MFL department)

Learning MissionMaker

Try out a simple game with one room where you have to find treasure (eg 20 gold pieces hidden in the room)
Play with different room options - create a maze
Talking with characters
Scripting objects