We were happy to be able to grant Malvern Way an award for three iPads. Computers primarily intended for teacher use are difficult to pass through our criteria. Whilst we fully appreciate that so much administration and preparation is done using ICT, we have to be convinced that the children are directly benefitting from the purchase. Emma Cole (Headteacher) made a strong case which drew on effective learning and adapting to the current COVID19 difficulties as well as explaining the children will also have some use of the equipment.
“We are bidding for 3 Ipads to support the introduction of continuous provision across our 3 Year 1 classrooms. We believe that the opportunity to continue to learn through a play based approach based on the beliefs of good early years practice is vital in supporting children in their return to school following the extended absence. As books are not used regularly learning is assessed and monitored online using a programme e.g. Seesaw or 2Simple (2build a profile) this will require a designated Ipad for each classroom. The Ipad will initially be used by staff for monitoring and assessing learning but will also give the children the opportunity to capture their own learning.”
Sarah argued strongly for the need to introduce Continuous Provision in Year 1:
“Malvern Way School will be introducing Continuous Provision (learning through play) in Year 1 following the abrupt end to the year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This cohort of children will have missed more than a third of their Early Years experience and it is our intention to ensure the children return to a curriculum which is familiar to them to promote the best outcomes for all. By offering Continuous provision to our Year 1 children we believe this will support their well being as they return to a school routine. Allowing children access to Continuous Provision and giving them the opportunity to play will not only allow them to consolidate learning that has been taking place elsewhere but also allow them the opportunity to explore new concepts in a format that is familiar to them.
It is a growing belief that young children learn best through play and exploration with the opportunity to experience real life events that are linked to their learning. These play-based experiences enable the children to consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding and enable them to be become independent and resilient learners. Continuous provision supports and encourages our children and staff to have a lifelong love of learning.
We firmly believe that the development of basic skills will be enhanced through this approach and for many children who will not have accessed home learning this will be a more appropriate return to school. This will have a particular impact on children with SEND and also boys (who are more likely to have immature fine motor skills).”