Robert Blair Primary School have been using now>press>play as part of their lesson delivery for two years. The school values creativity, so using a resource like now>press>play has been of huge help in supporting their vision and providing enrichment across their curriculum.
We interviewed the deputy headteacher, 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 at Robert Blair?
“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 at Robert Blair responded to having now>press>play as a resource?
“Staff have been positive about using now>press>play as a supportive resource. It’s 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 as a curriculum enrichment resource?
“It’s 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’s 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