Digital Learning at King’s Hawford
At King’s Hawford we are proud to deliver a comprehensive Digital Learning programme. We strive to achieve a balance between our digital provision and some of the more traditional learning styles, to provide a rounded education.
Our aim is to instil confidence and competence with a range of digital tools, preparing our pupils for the rapidly changing world of technology and the role it plays at home, in the community, and of course the workplace.
Our Digital Learning Programme is present in all aspects of our curriculum. Pupils have access to tablets throughout the school day and our teaching staff have a number of digital learning tools available to them to enhance and extend learning opportunities.
In September 2019 we opened our state-of-the-art IT Suite, which has a bank of PCs, a green screen and three flat screen TV’s that allow us to share work from devices in the classroom. We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom, and suites of laptops and tablets for use in various classrooms. Pupils are asked to bring in their own tablet from Year 5. Whilst we do use iPads, we avoid focussing on one platform and prefer to think of ourselves as a multi-platform school. Ipads are used alongside other IT platforms in school to prepare our children for the diverse range of IT solutions they will come across in their school life and beyond. We are also conscious that Digital Learning must sit alongside the styles of learning that we have used successfully at Hawford for some time. We feel that balance is extremely important and we will work hard to maintain it.
A number of our teaching staff have achieved their Apple Accreditation with the remainder currently working towards the qualification.
Our Digital Tools
We use a whole range of tools in the classroom to support key learning objectives and encourage digital thinking. We’ve also introduced a number of apps to connect pupils, parents, and teachers:
Showbie – We think of Showbie as our online workbook. The children can submit their work in various ways such as scanning in a piece of written work or submitting a video to show how a practical task has been carried out. Feedback is sent back via the teacher.
Showbie has been the backbone of our digital offering since April 2020 to submit and mark work. Parents appreciate this approach because they have unparalleled access to their children’s education.
Since Lockdown 3 all work in Key Stage 1 and 2 is set, completed and marked through Showbie.
Class Dojo– An incredibly intuitive website and app that connects pupils, parents and teachers to facilitate free flowing communication. Each child has their own portfolio where parents can submit work to the teacher. We also manage our house point system through Class Dojo and utilise the newsfeed section to share class wide news and messages.
Padlet – An online post-it-board that allows teachers to share ideas, suggest additional activities and resources. With everything available to view in one place, Padlet makes it incredibly easy for parents to stay on track during these busy times.
Supporting Apps – Teachers make use of various other apps and resources to bring the lessons to life and encourage interaction. These include:
Quizlet for class spelling tests.
Socrative and Classtime to create interactive assessments so we can track progress and identity knowledge gaps.
Various year groups have also enjoyed incorporating Minecraft into their learning
Our Year 6 children have also been using Headspace for regular meditation and mindfulness sessions.
What does Digital Learning look like at King’s Hawford?
Our Reception children experiment with age appropriate apps, and use various technologies within the classroom to support their learning objectives. This includes drawing apps, phonics apps and games to support their work in key areas of the curriculum.
Key Stage 1 – (Years 1 and 2)
In KS1 we introduce Showbie and start setting basic tasks and activities through this platform. This is a fantastic way to involve parents in the learning journey as they can see first hand the task being set, their child’s response, and the teacher’s feedback.
Our Key Stage 1 children really enjoy using spelling apps and quizzes to test their knowledge and reinforce key learning points.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)
We develop the use of Showbie throughout Key Stage 2 and by Year 6, the majority of work is electronically submitted.
We gradually introduce more complex apps to enhance learning in all subject areas and also encourage the children to use digital tools to present and evaluate their learning tasks and thinking, for example, recording a video to present and evaluate their work.
Whatever the subject, our teaching staff find ways to incorporate digital skills into their lessons. For example, the programming of a mini processor as part of a DT project.