Our New Interactive Smart boards

Bringing ‘Learning to Life’ is very much a part of our whole school vision at West Tytherley CE Primary.  It involves creating a curriculum that is meaningful, memorable, challenging and responsive to the learner’s needs.  It is important for children to embrace technology as a tool for learning – developing important skills that will support them in their education and into their adult lives.

However, for small schools, keeping up with changes in technology is a feat in itself.  This year, we wanted to focus our fundraising efforts on developing our IT provision – and more specifically, purchasing new interactive digital Smartboards for each classroom. We needed to raise £9000 to purchase and install three ‘state-of-the-art’ Smartboards in the school.

Well, I’m really pleased to let you know that we have done it!!  Fabulous news!

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Along with our initial capital fund of £4000, we were very grateful for the support that we received from our PTA, local organisations and businesses.

We  would especially like to say a special ‘thank you’ to several members of our School community who helped us fundraise :

  • In July,  a group of six members from our Parent Teacher Association, were sponsored for undertaking ‘The Fan Dance – an intensive and gruelling 24KM SAS Selection Challenge’.
  • Two local businesses, Holbury Consultancy Services and East Brothers, both supported the project and made substantial donations that enabled us to purchase and install our final interactive whiteboard in Beech class.
  • The West Tytherley & Frenchmoor Village Fete fund, together with the Parish Council of West Dean, also made a contribution towards the project – for which we are very grateful.

Our children are enjoying their new interactive boards in the classroom.

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Our children say:

“We love the interactive whiteboard because you can use a pen and finger to write and draw with.”

“The boards are better than the projectors because if you stand in front of it, it doesn’t block out the light. ”

“The image is really clear and bright.”

If you want to find out about how SMART boards are used in the classroom – then please follow this link:

http://www.teachhub.com/technology-classroom-benefits-smart-boards

 

Welcome back to School

Starting school is an exciting time of the year for all children and staff.  After a restful and enjoyable Summer break, our batteries are ‘charged’ and we are ready for the year ahead.  It goes ‘against the grain’ to wish this beautiful Summer away – but we are looking forward to getting back and opening the ‘doors’ once again.

I would like to thank Mr Rickaby and Mrs Lane, our care-taking team, for their hard work during the holidays; to ensure that the school is well-organised, clean and tidy.  In preparation for the start of term, the staff have also been working hard to prepare their classrooms, so that all children feel secure and ready for learning.

On Monday 3rd September, our whole staff will be in school for our INSET training day.  We will also be joined by Mrs Gray, our new Beech class teacher.  Mrs Gray and Mrs Bowyer are looking forward to welcoming our new reception children and their families, into Beech class.

School officially begins for the children on Tuesday 4th September.

Until then – enjoy the rest of your Summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mr Warren