Teacher Review For BloodPlay - An Educational Adventure

An interactive arcade-game for learning about blood and viruses!

Will F.
Classroom teacher
Westdene Primary School, Brighton, UK
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with General
How I Use It
This app contains lots of plain-English information about blood and virus-types which is accessible to young children through the simple interface. It could be used during a research lesson (poster making, blogging, presentation) about blood or viruses as part of a human biology topic. The arcade-style game, where you play a virus avoiding blood components as you travel through a vein, makes for an engaging activity to end the lesson.
My Take
Overall, the app has two key components: the arcade game and the information pages. Both of these are useful, as described in my 'how I use it paragraph' but limited in their capacity beyond one lesson. That said, at elementary/primary level (in which I teach), the curriculum doesn't require a lot of coverage on the subject of blood or viruses. In the Primary National Curriculum (UK), the circulatory system is introduced in Year 5 (9-10 year olds). That is where I'd use this app.