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Year 6 Graphic Design – teacher notes
Pupil Activity Code: A780 – What is it?

Progression of skills in this pack:
Add, adjust and fill shapes
Group shapes to improve accuracy and speed
Add and customise gradient effects
Adjust transparency/opacity for a purpose 
Use a colour picker correctly (Keynote and PowerPoint only)
Accurately rotate shapes

⏱ 2-3 hours

🛠 What do pupils and teachers need?
The pupil activity pack (see teacher view below and pupil code above) includes 3 activities with each one including a video tutorial for either PowerPoint, Keynote (iPad) or Google Slides, so pupils will need access to one of those pieces of software. Pupils can copy the icon above each activity title and paste it into PowerPoint/Keynote/Google Slides to help.  

👨‍🏫 Teacher Input
Discuss with pupils what type of jobs a graphic designer would do (design computer game graphics, design icons for apps, design graphics for websites/magazines/posters etc). Discuss how a computer makes the job easier (includes lots of tools all in one place, speeds up the process with copy/paste and allows greater accuracy than doing it by hand).
For each of the 3 projects, as with our other pupil packs, it is a good idea to watch the video tutorials for each activity together before pupils start and discuss the tools/skills. Also suggest to pupils, as it does in the pupil pack below, to pause the video after each shape/effect is added then try it themselves before moving on. Finally, it is also a good idea for pupils to create their icons on 3 separate slides in one presentation instead of 3 presentations.  

✅ Assessment 
Pupils should save their PowerPoint, Keynotes or Google Slides files with a suitable file name. The challenge at the end of the pupil pack asks pupils to design their own icon using each of the tools they have covered. This works well as an assessment of how pupils can apply their new skills.    

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Pupil Activity Pack (Teacher view)
Pupil Activity 1. Calculator Icon
In this activity you will learn how to use shapes, fill and grouping to re-create a calculator app icon. 

You can copy and paste the icon above into your software to help you by right clicking on the image (tap and hold on iPad) and then click copy or copy image. Next, right click (tap and hold) in Powerpoint, Pages or Google Slides and click/tap paste

Use the video for the software you are using below.
(Tip: for the video tutorials below, you may want to pause them at different points to try the skill and then resume the video).

PowerPoint

Keynote (iPad)

Google Slides

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Pupil Activity 2. Weather Icon
In this activity you will learn how to use shapes, gradient fill, transparency/opacity,
colour picker (Keynote and PowerPoint only) and arrangement to re-create a weather app icon. 

You can copy and paste the icon above into your software to help you by right clicking on the image (tap and hold on iPad) and then click copy or copy image. Next, right click (tap and hold) in Powerpoint, Pages or Google Slides and click/tap paste 

Use the video for the software you are using below.

PowerPoint

Keynote (iPad)

Google Slides

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Pupil Activity 3. Photos App Icon
In this activity you will learn how to use shapes, gradient fill, transparency/opacity, arrangement, grouping, colour picker (Keynote and PowerPoint only) and rotation to re-create the Photos app icon. 

You can copy and paste the icon above into your software to help you by right clicking on the image (tap and hold on iPad) and then click copy or copy image. Next, right click (tap and hold) in Powerpoint, Pages or Google Slides and click/tap paste

 Use the video for the software you are using below.

PowerPoint

Keynote (iPad)

Google Slides

Challenge
Once you have mastered the different skills above, could you design your own app icon for your school, sports team, 
product etc that includes the following:
– Shapes with gradient fill
– Transparency/opacity effects
– Rotated shapes