Tame Valley Primary School: Creative learning for all with now>press>play

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 now>press>play learning style and its impact on staff and 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 any impact that has 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
  • Speaking and listening
  • Drama and creative learning
  • Writing and literacy

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 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.

Children at Tame Valley Academy write while wearing Now Press Play pink headphones

What Tame Valley’s pupils think of now>press>play’s creative learning style:

“It seems to be more memorable and can stay in my mind for longer than a usual lesson.”

“It develops your learning more as it enables you to experience it as though you are there.”

“It lets our creative aspects run wild - we are able to use our imagination.”

“It's fun because you are able to let yourself go and enjoy the Experience.”

“'It’s a good way to learn about something in a more motivating way. Even when it is writing, it seems more enjoyable.”

Thank you to Craig and the children at Tame Valley Academy for sharing their experience of now>press>play. We’re excited to see how they use our resources next…