With my year 1 students, I introduce them to the notion of what animation actually is and means by viewing and dissecting a cartoon and then having them create a flip cartoon. We then look at story boarding in our favourite movies and stories e.g. Monsters Inc has a brilliant add on for this.
We then look at story boarding in terms of story mapping establishing the flow chart skills and understandings showing the relevant parts i.e Character, setting, action, problem, solution as the sections of the flow chart or map.
Students then design their own narrative as slides in a powerpoint animating their illustrations and key words. I will now follow this up and include some scratch card and Scratch jr animations.