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St Mary's Catholic Primary School believes it is important to create a safe, caring atmosphere which enables all children to reach their full potential. In this climate, the school nurtures self-confidence and self-esteem. Their aim is to equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and confidence that will encourage positive attitudes to a life of learning. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum along with experiences that will stimulate, excite and challenge.
During the latter part of the Autumn term in 2016, the school began using LaunchPad 365 as part of a pilot project with a number of Staffordshire schools. We talked to Kelly Burrows, NQT/Year 3 teacher to find out how the school had been progressing. Right from the start, they found LaunchPad 365 to be easily accessible and came with a host of great features. The school were supported by one of our consultants, Steve Rowley, who helped them realise the potential of this personalised teaching and learning solution.
“Mr Rowley came into our school and taught my Year 3 class how to use some of the features. He linked it to the children’s learning in school, which was great. The pupils found it easy to use, enjoying the learning experience within a safe, secure and child-friendly environment. This was followed up with some staff training to enable the roll out to the rest of the school.
We are using J2blast for mental maths practice which the children really enjoy. We are also using JIT to represent our work in an interactive way. The pupils are responding very positively to the range of tools and resources available. LaunchPad 365 is making teaching and learning exciting and interactive. And crucially, it supports the National Curriculum requirements very well. Having the j2e Tool Suite as part of LaunchPad 365 makes an incredible difference in the classroom and beyond. I am using it from home to plan lessons and the children enjoy earning extra points in j2blast!
Our use of LaunchPad 365 is being used by all year groups and on different devices including computers and iPads, having that ease of access is great. It has definitely met our expectations, especially as it is so easy to use.
As a teacher, I can plan interactive and engaging lessons quickly and easily and give my pupils instant access to these resources. I can view all the children’s work very easily and leave comments which they enjoy responding to.
Based on such a successful trial, we are signing up to LaunchPad 365 to roll it out throughout the school for every teacher and every class so that we can use it consistently across all year groups.
It is just so easy and enjoyable to use. The children are excited to login and access the range of resources. It makes teaching and learning exciting and interactive. It is an excellent application, we are very happy with the benefits and therefore, without hesitation, we recommend LaunchPad 365 to other schools.”
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LaunchPad 365 is known as BGfL 365 in Birmingham schools, for more information, visit www.link2ict.org/bgfl365.