“All children were engaged all day. Staff and children loved it.”

Ayeesha Benson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

The third classroom-based CPD session, working in partnership with Outwood Academy Trust, was held at Lofthouse Gate Outwood Primary Academy on the 25th January 2018.

Year 2 teachers, from across the Trust were invited to observe the Puzzling Times project being delivered by David Andrews to a class of 28 Year 2 pupils across the day. The project involved the children designing characters, creating a game and multimedia content to support literacy skills. Other activities across the day included designing a digital invitation and a persuasive advert. The day concluded with a ‘Games Fair’ in which the children had the opportunity to present their games to other Year 2 children.

The stimulus for the day was ‘Aliens’. However, discussions with the teachers across the day opened their eyes to the potential on how this particular project could easily fit with other topics they were covering in Year 2.

 

Year 2 pupils sharing their games

 

Here you can see an example of a finished game by children in Year 2: Alien Snap

Feedback (Staff)

9 teachers observed the session.

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

All teachers rated the session as 5

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

“All the children really enjoyed the session and were really engaged. A little girl said she was scared in the morning but said later she wasn’t any longer.”

Kirsty Mosley, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“All pupils really enjoyed the session and were engaged throughout.”

Connor Phillips, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Children loved the session – one particular girl said she cried because she didn’t want to do it and had finished the day smiling and loving it!”

Melanie Kirman, Kirkhamgate Outwood Primary Academy

“All the children enjoyed the session. They worked in pairs and really supported each other to access and use the apps shown. The children then explained to another class which was a great opportunity to share their learning.”

Amy Harrison, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“All children have been engrossed + on task throughout the whole day. They particularly loved recording their voices.”

Vicky Poole, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes. Those children who are creative. Hardly any children were off task + all were engaged.”

Stefanie Leach, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“I think the pupils have really enjoyed making their games and working collaboratively.”

Rachel Tarbuck, Girnhill Infant School Outwood Primary Academy

“All children were engaged all day. Staff and children loved it.”

Ayeesha Benson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

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

“Yes – got lots of ideas! thinking of using this in French and linking it to money.”

Kirsty Mosley, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes, we are planning on teaching the same unit with Year 2 at Ledger Lane and linking it to our literacy topic.”

Connor Phillips, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Definitely! Ideas on how to create a full project over a day or how to use apps in a daily lesson to utilise technology and children’s knowledge.”

Melanie Kirman, Kirkhamgate Outwood Primary Academy

“I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have gained lots of ideas of how to use the apps with my class.”

Amy Harrison, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Like how you used several apps simultaneously – would never have thought to do that!”

Vicky Poole, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes. It has given me ideas to implement for my current and upcoming topics.”

Stefanie Leach, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Definitely, this has given me lots of ideas and new apps to try.”

Rachel Tarbuck, Girnhill Infant School Outwood Primary Academy

“I have taken lots from the day which I can include cross-curricular.”

Ayeesha Benson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

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

“No – super!”

Kirsty Mosley, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Maybe if staff had an iPad too? So they can follow instructions.”

Rachel Tarbuck, Girnhill Infant School Outwood Primary Academy

“None – really enjoyed it.”

Ayeesha Benson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

The next session is the Digital Apprentice project, which will be delivered to Year 5 children at Littleworth Grange Outwood Academy on the 31st January 2018.

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