Following the launch of the Creative Computing Curriculum with Outwood Academy Trust (read more HERE), the first classroom-based CPD session of 18 across the Trust was introduced to the children and teaching staff at Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy.

Key Stage 1 teachers, from across the Trust and local schools, were invited to observe the Magical Storytelling project being delivered by David Andrews to a class of 30 Year 1 pupils across the day. The project, which is designed to exploit cross-curricular links with a strong focus on literacy, uses multimedia tools to support communication, creativity and collaborative skills.

The stimulus for the day was the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. However, this particular project works with any picture book, topic or theme and can be adapted to any year group.

 

To begin the session the story was read to the children and a few children were asked to role-play as the characters as the story was read. After the story, the children were put into pairs and worked on iPads, in mixed ability pairs, for the rest of the day on number of activities using various multimedia apps to support the teaching of literacy.

Feedback

7 teachers observed the session.

How would you rate the session (1 = poor – 5 = excellent)?

All teachers rated the session as 5 (one teacher gave it a 5+)

Have the pupils enjoyed the session? Have there been any particular children who you think have benefited most?

“Yes, the LA children gained confidence using the apps especially the spoken language element!”

Wendy Parker, Year 1 Teacher, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the whole session. Children were constantly engaged. Low confident children benefited from using the iPad in this way – especially the oral aspects.”

Connor Phillips, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“The pupils were extremely engaged throughout the whole day. I believe all pupils made significant progress.”

Adam Brightmore, Kirkamgate  Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes, they were very engaged and it was great to see the joy on their faces.”

K. Christiansen, Lofthouse Gate Outwood Primary Academy

“Children were enthusiastic and engaged throughout.”

Kylie Senenko, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Some of the pupils were quite shy but it was a great confident builder.”

Kate Ramsden, Girnhill Infants

Has the session helped with your CPD and given you ideas how technology can support learning across the curriculum?

“Yes, we already had the apps but I didn’t really know how to use them!”

Wendy Parker, Year 1 Teacher, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes. Showed how it is easily cross-curricular. I’m going to create a ‘digital story’ about Victorians in Year 1/2.”

Connor Phillips, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“The session has helped me gain a good understanding of how to incorporate the apps and how to link it to literacy.”

Adam Brightmore, Kirkamgate  Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes, it was really great to actually ‘see’ the units and how the apps work. It was easy to follow and I feel a lot more confident having seen the unit taught rather than just reading the plan.”

K. Christiansen, Lofthouse Gate Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes! 🙂 It was great to see the session delivered directly. It has given me ideas on how to use the apps with my class.”

Kylie Senenko, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Very much so. I can’t wait to explore this. I know my children are going to love it!”

Kate Ramsden, Girnhill Infants

“Yes, lots of ideas I can take away and apply to my teaching.”

Leah Robinson, Girnhill Infants

Do you have any suggestions on how the session could be improved?

No suggestions.

“No it was well explained – a fantastic session.”

Adam Brightmore, Kirkhamgate  Outwood Primary Academy

The next session is the ‘My Hero’ project, which will be delivered to Year 4 at Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy on the 17th January 2018.

 

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