Modern Foreign Languages

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize

Phase 2 Phonics

Phase 2 Phonics

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Tentacle loves a BBC Bitesize project! This time around we did alot of learning ourselves! We collaborated with our good friends at Kino Bino, a Leicester based animation studio for this commission. We developed and produced 9 animations encouraging KS2 students to learn the basics of the French, Spanish and Mandarin languages.

The animations follow a song based narrative with karaoke style words on the screen to you sing along and reinforce the learning. Have a listen here, the catchy tunes definitely help the phrases stick in your mind! "nĭ hăo" and "à bientôt" were some of the many phrases echoing  around the Tentacle Studio during production.

Tentacle's second batch of super exciting phonics. We delved into another 16 animations for the next phase of phonics, phase 2. There are 44 sounds in all, some made with two letters, in Phase 2 children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds.

This phase has introduced some catchy songs and longer animations covering entire letter sets, have a peek into some new wierd and wonderful environments!

Tentacle's second batch of super exciting phonics. We delved into another 16 animations for the next phase of phonics, phase 2. There are 44 sounds in all, some made with two letters, in Phase 2 children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds.

This phase has introduced some catchy songs and longer animations covering entire letter sets, have a peek into some new wierd and wonderful environments!

Project Journey

Project Journey

Project Journey

The Challenge

The Challenge

The Challenge

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Foreign languages can be daunting for anyone! The project's aim was to make that concept less so! We wanted to use a mixture of music and language to make the content relatable, fun and memorable to its viewers. 

As usual with any educational project, we worked closely with language consultants to keep us on track and make sure we weren't spouting gobbledegook! 

Welcome to another world of Phonics! We wanted to create another batch of animations to sit well with the previous Phonics Phase 3 animations. Keeping them exciting, engaging and a pleasure to watch by any audience.

Why not have a look into how Tentacle brings these characters to life, wether its design, animation or audio, these are all essential parts to the exciting Phonics delivarables. 

Welcome to another world of Phonics! We wanted to create another batch of animations to sit well with the previous Phonics Phase 3 animations. Keeping them exciting, engaging and a pleasure to watch by any audience.

Why not have a look into how Tentacle brings these characters to life, wether its design, animation or audio, these are all essential parts to the exciting Phonics delivarables. 

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We used a mixture of song formats, some adaptations of popular nursery rhymes others original compositions made in house. We wanted to make sure that the animations were easily acessible being sure that exciting visuals would work with on screen lyrics.

We wanted to keep the format that would reflect the way Phonics is taught in school. Using a see it, hear it, say it model of learning as well as keeping it exciting along the way!

We wanted to keep the format that would reflect the way Phonics is taught in school. Using a see it, hear it, say it model of learning as well as keeping it exciting along the way!

The Solution

The Solution

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The BBC Bitesize content is always fun and entertaining as well as being educational. So we wanted to make these animations fitted with existing content, being vibrant and entertaining with catchy tunes!  We created a selection of different characters for each language.

With the phonics designs developed through phase 3 we wanted to keep within the same parameters but giving the viewers more variety. We added in new wizards and environments to spice things up!

With the phonics designs developed through phase 3 we wanted to keep within the same parameters but giving the viewers more variety. We added in new wizards and environments to spice things up!

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Along side the characters we looked at the environments. The scenes were vital in giving context to the songs and learning. We wanted to represent the origin countries of the languages through identifiable landmarks and scenes.

We introduced a variety of new environments, from a pond all the way up to the moon!

Below are how the initial sketches translate into final vector renders of the scenery.

We introduced a variety of new environments, from a pond all the way up to the moon!

Below are how the initial sketches translate into final vector renders of the scenery.

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Our Friends over at Kino Bino worked on the Mandarin animations with ourselves creating the French and Spanish. We were super pleased with the collaboration and the ability of Kino Bino to match our animation style perfectly.

Here's a peek into the character rigs we created in Adobe After Effects.

Another exciting part to the project is the audio, an essential part to the process to bring all the elements together. Below are some complex rigs and layering showing you all that goes into the soundscapes and songs. 

Another exciting part to the project is the audio, an essential part to the process to bring all the elements together. Below are some complex rigs and layering showing you all that goes into the soundscapes and songs. 

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So next, lets jump into the wonderful world of sound! All the music was developed and put together by Tentacle and was either an adaptation of an traditional nursery rhyme or an original composition.

We used Reason to build the intrumental aspects of the songs! Here at tentacle we thrive on creating unique and exciting content and there's alot that goes into the composing of a track for animation, check out those layers!  

Another exciting part to the project is the audio, an essential part to the process to bring all the elements together. Below are some complex rigs and layering showing you all that goes into the soundscapes and songs. 

Another exciting part to the project is the audio, an essential part to the process to bring all the elements together. Below are some complex rigs and layering showing you all that goes into the soundscapes and songs. 

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Once the instrument layers have been made in Reason, the tracks can be mastered with the voiceover to make them all fit together perfectly, fine tweaks can go along way with audio. 

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The Result

The Result

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A fine collection of animations that make the basics of the French, Spanish and Mandarin language exciting to learn and fun to sing along to! All these animations sit nicely on the bbc bitesize website among a whole host of exceptional content, so why not have a gander, see what you can learn! 

The Phonics is a tiny part of the vast resources that BBC Bitesize has to offer. Its all original content thats being updated all the time! We are proud to sit amongst this vast library of learning material. 

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If you've enjoyed these videos, please share, its always nice to see learning content being pushed out into the world wide web!

The Phonics is a tiny part of the vast resources that BBC Bitesize has to offer. Its all original content thats being updated all the time! We are proud to sit amongst this vast library of learning material. 

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