Barry Island Primary School, South Wales

| May 12, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Great to spend a day with the children, staff of Barry Island Primary School, South Wales, and visiting colleagues, looking at ways to engage and inspire literacy skills through analogue and digital means.
The morning was spent with 50 Year 1′s and Year 2′s, then a quick break and we had the same number of Year 5′s and Year 6′s, together with their teachers and the visitors.

In the afternoon we explored the use of games and Web 2 technologies with the teachers, and so much more, ending the day with a twilight focusing on handheld devices and next steps. Schools joining us today included Palmerston Prinary School, Romilly Primary School, Victoria Primary School, Ysgol Gynradd Pen y Garth, St Athan Primary School, St Brides Primary School and Llancarfan Primary School.

This school is BECTA ICT SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2010! A fantastic achievement! They impressed the judges by showcasing their ideas and methods of incorporating technology into the heart of school life. Staff were praised for using ICT imaginatively to enhance lessons and support school activities. Children use ICT in every lesson and the school is proud to be completely “paper-free” in its communication with parents.

You can see a lovely film of life in the school HERE. Have a look at the first edition of the BIP Magazine HERE

At the end of the day, we really enjoyed ourselves having a full on creative session with the staff from Barry Island School. We used their iPods and iPads to generate, create, fashion, craft, explore, build, paint, chisel, splatter, and more! Fun!

It is always fun to see people laughing. To see them delighted by new experiences is joyous.

A huge THANK YOU to Headteacher Janet Hayward for inviting us today. Janet is herself an IT graduate, and well aware of the benefits technology can bring. Since arriving at the school in 2000, she has overseen a whirlwind ascent into the 21st century, with interactive white boards, iPads and eight computers in every classroom.

“We are absolutely committed to using technology in exciting and innovative ways to ensure our pupils progress and achieve their full potential, and, most importantly, enjoy their learning. The notion of having a strategic vision is really important,” said Mrs Hayward.

“We don’t want old stuff and we want to lift the ceiling in terms of what we can offer children. They are very creative in presenting their ideas and are used to putting together films and podcasts. Technology is a real vehicle to engage children in learning – and it’s the world that we live in. We are committed to using technology to ensure our pupils progress and achieve their full potential.”

Barry Island Primary is proactive in testing new equipment and is one of a small number of “regional training centres” for Apple.

Further Thank You’s to Deputy Headteacher Ty Golding for all his technical support, and to Lindsey Lewis, the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator, for her energy and incredible organisational skills.

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  1. suzanne says:

    Had a fantastic day.. Diolch Tim and Sarah.

  2. nic says:

    Thank you for a fabulous day- really enjoyed!

  3. Linsey says:

    A very special thank you for such a wonderful day. All staff and children were engaged throughout- we are looking forward to using the wonderful apps and websites you have shown us. Diolch yn fawr iawn.

  4. Huw Lewis says:

    Thanks, Tim, for an interesting and thought provoking exploration into making children’s learning (in particular their writing-through the use of ICT) as interesting as watching my beloved Arsenal play their brand of total football. (I think that’s a siiimmmiileeee!)
    I look forward to going back to school to try some of the stratagies and ideas you shared.
    You did say that spelling wasn’t important, didn’t you!!!
    Thanks again.
    Huw
    PS. Have I been the first to leave a comment???

  5. Meilir says:

    Thanks Tim for the fantastic course. Just ordered Myst and looking forward to putting your ideas into practice with my year 5.

    Diolch!

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