Today I have been talking at the West Country Computing Hub’s Primary Computing Festival all about how my school use Minecraft across the primary curriculum.
I’ve attached a PDF of my slides (to keep my Minecraft fonts intact!) and you can see QR codes for a range of links to helpful websites and videos I have made about various projects I have done recently.
Download the pdf by clicking the link above
These include using Minecraft in Religious Studies lessons to build synagogues, mosques and churches. Pupils learnt about different religions and their places of worship before working in teams to recreate them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g5yIoI8mfs
We used a museum world for new classes to create their own exhibit so that they could learn about each other. Most of them built statues of themselves and added signs and books inside their exhibits to explain more about themselves.
We also used Minecraft to work collaboratively in esports worlds and generate ideas for our new playground – working together to solve a real-life problem. We then exported the playground designs into CAD software. It is even possible to 3D print the designs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjkJiJPUu9c
You can also learn a bit about our Ancient Egyptian and Roman Day projects where we explored existing virtual worlds in Minecraft, taking photos with our camera and storing them in our portfolios that could later be exported as a pdf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9wCrCCv6uA&t=9s
Personally, I am very interested in the potential of esports in primary schools and would be keen to see the introduction of either a league of challenges specifically aimed at primary-aged pupils. If any of this is of interest to you, please get in touch!