iPads For Pupil Engagement – Part 2 of Lane End Primary School’s Digital Journey


Assistant Head teacher, Mr Williams: We’ve
now had the iPads for about half a term and we’ve been rolling those out gradually to
our top and bottom of the school, so we’ve been using them with our Key stage 2 pupils,
ie years 5 and 6, and our Early Foundation Years children. As we progress with the project,
we’re going to bridge that gap through to the middle years.
Children: When we first got the iPads no one really knew what they were for, but as we
started using them we got the hang of how to use them. It’s made our learning better
as we can go onto the Internet to find out information.
Some apps are good for learning and drawing. We did work for our assembly and we took the
iPads to show them around the school and we put it on the big screen so the whole school
could see all our work. Mr Williams: The iPads themselves are a brilliant
way of getting the children involved in the curriculum and getting them to work together
collaboratively, and at the end of it they have work that they can show that looks fantastic
and shows a broader range of their skills.” Children: “As a group of three, we went round
the school and made a report about each class and also what we like.”
“It’s good for maths lessons and also literacy”. Mr Williams, “Moving forward, we want to make
sure we have iPads integrated into every part of our curriculum so that they are being used
in every class, by every child on a day-to-day basis. The next step is to make sure the children
are developing a range of skills that are outside of our statutory requirements and
also to make sure that the children are just getting the enjoyment out of using new devices
like iPads. Long term we want to see a situation where children have much more access to iPad
technology within the classroom, integrated into different topics such as literacy, maths
and science, but also looking at other topic areas where the children can get to grips
with many apps and software that they can really engage with so they can learn new things
and really get the teachers driving that forward. We’ve now had the iPads for about half a term
and we’ve been rolling them out gradually to our year key stage 2 children, i.e. years
5 and 6, and also our early years foundation children. Then as we progress the project
we’re going to bridge that gap.

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