Lyons Hall Primary School
Lyons Hall Primary is a large school in Braintree, Essex. They are an outstanding school with 450 pupils and 20 teachers. They have gradually invested in iPad and Mac over the past few years and through working with us have embedded the use of the technology into day-to-day teaching and learning with amazing results.
Children are highly engaged when using iPad and are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. They are producing a wider range of purposeful learning outcomes such as trailers, podcasts, animations and videos to explain their learning of a concept. Being able to watch and playback work helps them to reflect upon their learning.
JTRS went the extra mile to personalise their support and training for our school. At each stage, they helped us to clarify our needs and suggest possible solutions to meet our aims. The technical team are very knowledgeable and give advice on how to manage iPad in the simplest way to work as a whole school system.
Gabrielle Deed, ICT Coordinator at Lyons Hall, explains how iPad is supporting teaching and learning development.
Did you have a vision for embedding the technology into the curriculum?
At Lyons Hall, we want ICT to support children's learning across the curriculum in a creative, interactive and purposeful way; for ICT to support out Core Learning Skills Curriculum: Independence, Thinking Skills/Problem Solving, Collaboration and Improving own learning. We wanted to enable children to acquire the skills to whatever the future holds for them, ICT to be intuitive and efficient to use with high-quality outcomes and to fit seamlessly into any lesson inside or outside of the classroom, not forgetting to add excitement to children's learning.
Why did you choose to invest in iPad?
We wanted to update our old ICT equipment to support children's learning across the curriculum and help develop children's independence and creativity.
Why were JTRS the right partner for you?
JTRS went the extra mile to personalise their support and training for our school. At each stage, they helped us to clarify our needs and suggested possible solutions to meet our aims.
JTRS training is always engaging, hands-on and full of inspirational ideas to change the way we teach and children learn. Each year group has relished the opportunity to sit down with a JTRS trainer and rethink how to deliver their year group objectives using technology to make children's learning interactive and purposeful, with high-quality outcomes. When we wanted to try out new projects, for example, Year 6 children changing their Mini Enterprise Project to design and making their own computing games. the trainer taught how to use a range of different apps we could use to make it a success.
iPad has opened up a whole new way of teaching at Lyons Hall. For instance, anything is possible, using Morfo we can bring any character alive to introduce a topic or to hook the children in. Teaching has become more personalised by creating tutorial videos for group or individual children to watch and follow so they can start their activity at any point in a lesson and not have to wait for instructions from the teacher. Teaching has also become a lot more facilitated with children having time to explore for themselves and share their learning by mirroring their learning on the IWB and explaining to each other.
Due to iPad devices, being simple and efficient to use ICT is now fully integrated into all lessons across the curriculum and used as a tool to support learning in many ways. Children are always highly engaged when using iPad devices and they encourage children to work both independently and collaboratively. Children are now choosing which app they want to record their work on and having the choice to explain their learning by talking, writing drawing or animating. Children are producing a wider range of purposeful learning outcomes such as trailers, podcasts, animations, and videos to explain their learning of a concept which are being shared to a wide range of audiences by being able to be posted to class blogs and Twitter accounts.