ICT at Park Lane....
Developing minds for an ever evolving world.
At Park Lane, we believe that ICT (Information and Communication Technology) should not only be a lesson, but a part of our pupils' daily lives: this is why we have interactive whiteboards in every classroom, MacBooks and PCs available to children of all ages, and invest in new technology and resources regularly. Our pupils use computer technology throughout the entire curriculum as well as receiving specialist lessons; ensuring that they learn a vast range of skills which are undoubtedly essential for their future in education and employment.
At Park Lane we use a range of software and internet based programs to assist with our teaching and learning and to provide a cross curricular ICT based resource for our pupils.
Amongst the various programs is PurpleMash, this is an online software by 2Simple which aims to support learning in a fun, interactive and inspiring way. PurpleMash has a range of activities for pupils from the Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and includes design, games, story telling, prompts for writing and video clips. The pupils thoroughly enjoy this resource and it is used regularly throughout the school.
Alongside PurpleMash, we are subscribed to Education City -another internet based resource that runs from the Foundation Stage to Year 6. Education City is a bank of games and activities that link to each of the National Curriculum objectives for literacy, numeracy and science. Pupils can learn along with the characters, play games to test their skill and knowledge as well as 'Play Live'- a speed based mental maths test played against other pupils around the world.
Espresso is an award winning software that we have invested in this year. It features information, lessons, teaching devices, videos and games for all of the primary children and all of the National Curriculum subjects. It allows teachers to link activities together and plan for specific objectives as well as for use as an independent resource. Espresso is a very popular resource within the UK and is proven to improve attainment and deepen children's understanding of a new concept. It is increasingly utilised at Park Lane- particularly alongside Fronter in which some of its content is embedded for use at home as well as school.