Tame Valley Academy, a one-form entry school in Birmingham, have been using now>press>play to support their curriculum delivery since 2015. The school encourages and inspires all children to develop their full potential in a stimulating and caring environment. We asked Craig Mcmahon, Key Stage 2 Phase Lead and Year 6 Class teacher about the impact now>press>play has had on pupils learning across the school.
Why did your school decide to use now>press>play?
We were looking for different ways to engage children, especially those more active, kinesthetic learners. This seemed to be a product which would be memorable for children, engaging and still meet the primary focus of learning.
What is different about the learning style and it’s impact on staff/children?
Children are given more freedom and as a result are more creative than they have previously been. Staff are able to sit back and watch the children become immersed into the process. That said, clear ground rules need to be set by the teacher so that children are aware of expectations.
Have you seen the impact on any areas/children that have been unexpected?
It gives children who are usually a little more reserved a chance to let go a little and really enjoy the role play. The quieter children do seem to flourish, it also brings out leadership skills when organising themselves into groups.
In your opinion what areas are important when a class completes now>press>play?
Imagination, listening skills, speaking skills, drama and creativity, writing.
Year 6 also used it as a different way to prepare for the SATs practice papers. It’s a good way to mix up the exam revision!
What do the children say about now>press>play and this style of learning?
Seems to be more memorable and can stay in my mind for longer than a usual lesson. Kieran
It’s fun because you are able to let yourself go and enjoy the experience. Mahdia
It develops your learning more so as it enables you to experience it as though you are there. Busayo
It’s a good way to learn about something, in a more motivating way. Even when it is writing it seems more enjoyable. Joy
It lets our creative aspects run wild – we are able to use our imagination. Phoebe
What else have you used the equipment for?
We have also used the resource for children to listen to music (which is suitable) to help minimise distractions in class and following research that classical music can help with creative writing.