St Martin's C of E Primary and Nursery School was experiencing a turbulent time, yet thanks to a new building and a new approach to technology, a brighter future now lies ahead.
St Martin's moved from being a small village school in which there was a huge amount of disruptive behaviour, to a new establishment built to serve a new town that will ultimately have capacity for 450 pupils.
We were experiencing a number of issues including struggling to engage the children in learning," says Tania Beard, head teacher and person responsible for deciding on IT provision for the new school.
Since moving to the new school we have installed Apple technology throughout with high definition TV screens linked to an Apple TV box, teaching MacBooks and iPads.
From the word go Stormfront have had a very professional approach, were really interested in what we wanted to achieve as a school, involved the Apple Education Team in our meetings and arranged for us to attend the Apple Education Conference.
"Stormfront's approach, which involved us visiting another school in the area using Apple technology, was far superior (to that offered by other suppliers)."
St Martin's has utilised iPads to support learning in their school in a number of ways. They use them to film learning taking place; the children use a wide variety of apps to support all curriculum areas, such as Temple Run and Puppet Pals; and they have been used in PE to support children's understanding of what they need to do to improve their performance, e.g. playing back a short film of a game enables them to comment on what they are doing well and what they need to adjust to get even better.
“Through Stormfront, we trialled six iPads at the old school and found that they allowed us to support the children in gaining key skills in creative ways”
Tania adds: “As the iPads are linked to the high definition TV screens anything the children create can be put onto the TV – photos they have taken, sounds using the Doodlebug app, work they'd like to share. We have also bought into an eBook reading system (Bug Club by Pearson). By using the Rover app the children can access these books on the iPad and gather bug points by doing the interactive quests.”