Jurassic School!

I have been recently using the children's enthusiasm for the latest blockbuster - Jurassic World - to inspire writing.

With one class, we created guides to Jurassic World using Adobe Slate and then created films where we entered a dinosaur infested jungle!

With another class, we used greenscreen to bring a real-life dinosaur into our school. There are plenty of greenscreen apps on the app store but Doink Greenscreen is easily the best one I have used. This task was slightly different. We first started by downloading stock footage from youtube -

We were then able to film the dinosaur in different locations around the school. The children then used the greenscreen in our new media suite to film themselves in the scene too. 

The finished video was then used to inspire a short narrative about a dinosaur in the school. The children were so engaged having the visuals of them with the dinosaur. The added element of acting the scene out first also helped children describe their feelings and reactions to the action. Knowing the writing was going to be transformed into a film also motivated the children to complete the task and do it to the best of their ability. 

I love the ability to bring Hollywood style special effects into the classroom like never before and it certainly inspires children to write with the purpose. They would love a comment to know what you think of their work! 

If you would like to know more, or have Mr P lead inset and training in your school, please visit this link.


  1. WOW!! that was amazing how did you do that and how long did it take you.

  2. Hi! I use 'Action Movie fx' (requires in app purchases) and 'Green Screen' (has a pic of a pink octopus on the app icon!) Enjoy! :)

  3. Hi! I use the apps 'Action Movie fx' and ''Green Screen'. Enjoy!

  4. We're the t-Rex vids in action movie as well? Is there another source you use to download ackground video?


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