We were pleased to award Longmeadow Primary School a grant to buy four laptops which will add to the mobile laptop unit they are building. Paula Flint (Business Manager) explained how they would use the laptops in addition to whole classroom use:
"The IT equipment would be used for booster groups via Teams to upload and download their work to allow them to work with the teacher and independently.
… We would also be able to use the computers when mentoring our year 6 pupils during one-to-one sessions, homework clubs (when we are able to operate these again.)
… We run small groups of 1:1 activities which we would like to run using some of our platforms but currently we do not have sufficient equipment to be able to do this.”
Paula also told us how the laptops would help learning by running a variety of programs and platforms:
“Technology has the potential to increase the quality and quantity of practice that pupils undertake, both inside and outside of the classroom. The award would also enable us to fully embed programs we have introduced over the last academic year including accelerated reader.
We have invested in Timetable Rockstars which is a platform for children to recite their times tables faster and to consolidate their learning. We are also using Spelling Shed which allows the children to improve their spelling, practice familiar words and also learn new spelling patterns.
The learning platforms we are using make interactive learning fun and have an element of challenge and competition within them to encourage children to learn. We have found that some of our harder to reach pupils engage positively with these platforms and have a tangible sense of achievement when they improve their marks. We also have a number of pupils with special needs who are unable to write but are able to express themselves in writing when they are unable to put pen to paper.”