BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
"Bletchley Park: Code breakers school planned for site". This headline grabbed my attention straightaway on two counts. Firstly, I have a huge interest in the role of ICT in schools and our role to prepare children for a 'Society that is undergoing a digital transformation more radical than the industrial revolution'. Secondly, I wonder whether anyone ever imagined the once wartime and highly secret code breaking centre would ever be used as a boarding school to teach cyber security? In many ways, its purpose isn't so different to the work of Alan Turing and fellow computer scientists who spent time at Bletchley Park during WWII cracking codes. However, the technological landscape we are in couldn't be more different, indeed it is so different to just five years ago.
The first IPad was launched in 2010, and by 2015 over 250 million had been sold worldwide. Using tablet technology in the classroom is now such an integral part of a child's learning that it would be hard to visualise education beforehand. Expanding a child's passion for questioning and 'seeking their own answers' forms a vital part of education, especially within our own curriculum where inquiry sits right at the heart of the learning process. The use of tablets develops collaboration between pupils, and pupils and teachers; it sharpens critical thinking skills, creativity, problem solving, research skills, independent learning and familiarity with IT at a young age. These are essential skills that will not only enhance a child's learning, but also prepare them for this rapidly developing world. My colleagues and I have begun a review into our IT provision to ensure we are at the cutting edge and to ensure we use our tablet devices effectively alongside more traditional teaching methods, which still have an important place in our schools.
That said, preserving real childhood is key, and I was so heartened to see the boys and girls playing traditional parlour games during break times this week as the astro has been too frozen to play on. Grandmother's footsteps remains constant with the Year 7s! How glorious and unsophisticated.
Have a wonderful weekend.
YEAR 1 HAVE BEEN FINDING OUT WE ARE ALL THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT
I was delighted to award a great number of Bronze Stars to all those who have amassed 50 or more House Points this term so far. House Points are awarded for effort in the classroom, excellent pieces of work, kindness, consideration, good manners and acts of generosity of spirit. It is great to see so many children racking up their points and I look forward to announcing the House winners at the end of term.
YEAR 7 LEARN TRADITIONAL FRENCH PLAYGROUND GAMES
In their French lesson this week, the activity was to learn some traditional French playground games and then adapt the rules to make new games. They had to explain the rules to their friends in French.
YEAR 3 DELIGHT US WITH THEIR SUPERHERO ASSEMBLY