Robert Blair Primary School have been using now>press>play as part of their curriculum delivery for two years. Robert Blair values creativity, so using a resource like now>press>play really supports their vision. We interviewed the deputy head, Paul Murphy, and year 5 teacher, Alex Gill, about the impact now>press>play has had on their school.
How does now>press>play impact teaching?
It allows the children to have a different kind of learning experience, unlike anything they have done before. Paul
It’s an engaging way of teaching the curriculum. The children enjoy the sessions a lot,and even the children that can disengage remain focused. Alex
How have staff responded to having it as a resource?
Staff have been positive about using now>press>play as a supportive resource. It is simple to set up and provides an engaging lesson for the children. Alex
The service has enabled teachers to engage children in learning in a new, powerful and exciting way. It has helped us to enhance our curriculum offer to the children. Paul
What impact have you noticed?
The children are always excited when they know they are going to take part in a now>press>play session. When asked what we could improve in our Topic teaching, lots of the children asked if we could include more now>press>play. Alex
Pupil engagement. Children who have more easily switched off during more typical style lessons have been able to remain engaged throughout. Paul
What would you recommend about now>press>play?
It is a useful resource for engaging children in topic work as well as preparing them for SATs in an unconventional way. Paul
It offers an alternative and engaging way of teaching the curriculum. Furthermore, there are lots of resources included to support additional work on top of the original experience. now>press>play helps the children access other ways to talk about their understanding and experience. The children really engage in the discussions afterwards. Alex
What is your favourite now>press>play experience and why?
Roman Britain. It is an exciting topic and now>press>play allowed the children an engaging and fun way of accessing the topic. The story within the experience really hooked the children. Alex