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