Year 2 Animators

Pivot Animator is a great tool to try if you are learning to animate. Year 2 students really enjoyed learning animation skills and soon were adding backgrounds and converting their animations into short movies using Movie Maker.

This was the first time Grade 2 students had used both Pivot Animator and Movie Maker and I think they did a great job, don’t you?

Here are several examples:

‘Men Part 1 and Part 2’ – Produced by Nick and Will (Grade 2)

 ‘Dance Studio’ – Produced by Ava (Grade 2)

‘The Week on the Dance Floor’ – Produced by Mackenzie (Grade 2)


‘ICE’ – Produced by Matthew (Grade 2)

Animating with Pivot Animator

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Year 5 and 6 students used Pivot Animator to develop their animation techniques. They really enjoyed using this tool and eagerly explored many skills to make some great animations. A requirement of the task was to convert the Pivot file to a movie file so that it could be uploaded to the class wiki and also the blog.

Below are just a few examples, but there are lots more on each student’s wiki page. See links to class wikis below.

Grade 5DB     Grade 5PB       Grade 6RM      Grade 6SP

‘Quotes’ by Cleo

 ‘Steel’ by Jacob

 ‘Dance Studio’ by Briody and Stefanie


What do you think some of the challenges might be when creating animations?

What makes animating so much fun?


This term the Grade 5 and 6 students have begun exploring the use of animation. For our first activity we tried ABCya!Animate

This site is great for learning the basics of animation and you can produce a short animation of up to 100 frames very quickly. You can select people, objects and backgrounds to use or you can draw your own.

Here is an example created by Chloe (Grade 5) for you to view. 

What important skill/s did you learn about animation?

What advice would you give to someone using ABCya!Animate for the first time?

Let Us Persuade You

We have been writing Persuasive Texts with partners.

We also created great animated movies from our texts using GoAnimate

 We used an organiser to plan our arguments first.

Below is the plan we followed.

It was fun choosing our theme and our characters. We also chose computer generated voices for the characters. We had to be careful to check our spelling and punctuation so that the characters would pronounce the words correctly.

Here are 2 examples of our movies.

We should keep wild animals as pets  by Isobel and Scarlett (Grade 4MA)



Food is better than drink  by Archie L and Seamus              (Grade 3KH)


 You can see all of our movies if you follow these links to our pages.

Grade 4MM          Grade 4MA         Grade 3KH          Grade 3JS