Transforming ICT, Managing change across the Primary Curriculum – Cumran Primary School, Clough



komarin primary school is a rural school situated in the heart of County Dean we have one of each class from year 1 to year 7 and we have to social communication units which are for children who have statements for autism I wanted to broaden or work with an ICT and I wanted ICT to be used across the curriculum not just a valley developing it in one particular area and I also wanted to be embedded right from year 1 to year 7 it wasn't one to be a Key Stage 2 project it was everybody involved working together so the ultimate goal was I wanted the staff equipped and confident with the necessary ICT skills that would enhance their teaching and hence have an effect on the learning outcomes of the children who began by revising the ICT policy and we updated it our goals for ICT went into the school development plan and you know we worked that alongside the ETI together towards improvement self-evaluation process and then that long-term planning fit into our detailed medium-term planning and the coordinators action plan for the year I think the main thing was to have regular staff meetings we had the time set aside for the training but we needed more time built in for them to play with the apps become familiar with the apps and we had a lot of dissemination of good practice meetings we needed shared samples of work that the classes have been producing we celebrated the work we showed it on the screen in the foyer we had regular evaluations throughout the whole process and that was for staff and for the children as well in terms of training and terms of an audit at the start the aunt of using the iPads and it was all coming back to evaluating the impact on the teaching and learning within the classroom I find in the foundation stage and the iPads have been a fantastic resource for us to have in the classroom and I can see a lot of group work really develop through the use of iPads and a lot of partnership work working in pairs and it's so important if they say to develop that skill and this really has given us the opportunity to foster that and develop that all the people's love have been the opportunity to use a class help their learning they are very keen and motivated but we have a few boys in particular who has idea of gaming have really excelled themselves even a few little children who would be very quiet and reserved who have a real interest in it through Minecraft and things have really come into their own and been able to share lots of ideas and been very very on-task throughout the whole process they're planning they're doing and collaborating as they go along and then they're self-evaluating to so that they are changing it they can see the areas that need to be improved or if they want to add anything or take anything away they can do that through the editing process children have been challenged they're making choices and I asked of which technologies they should use they're approaching the open-ended activities their creativity has really expanded again because there's there's so many choices now involved for them and their confidence they are so confident of talking about the technology within literacy or the math or whatever their current no matter what the children love to see the iPads car might and that will have them engaged right from the very start the overall impact has been that everyone involved has become much more proficient and more confident in the use of ICT skills to enhance teaching and learning I also feel it has brought us as a school to hopefully up to date with changes in educational technology we annoy they're at the forefront and using it to enhance and reflect our teaching and learning I feel ICT is such a specialized area we really needed the expert external support of people who were enthusiastic and motivated and then could relay that to my staff and increase their capabilities with using iPads the trainers just been brilliant and it's it's great to do it together as a staff to have a teacher assistants as well involved and because it means things that we're doing in the class they've got that knowledge as well to use and can help both then as a staff for sales we would share and disseminate good practice around which is really key as well so if somebody has learned something I find an app that's been useful then you know we can introduce it and share it throughout the whole staff so it's not just captain one room we're always learning we're always trying to develop our skills and we're also learning alongside the children and I think that's important that the staff learn with the children as they go along I do personally as the principal I really am eternally grateful to nerf Belfast for offering us this partnership and I know that the goals and the action plans within our school development plan could not have been achieved without their support you

2 Comments

  1. cassius france said:

    amazing job

    June 26, 2019
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  2. Diana L Campbell said:

    hi its me taylor cambell

    June 26, 2019
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