Children get technical using iPads at school

Assistant head of Fareham Academy, Raj Patel showing the school's IPads to children from Wallisdean Infants School (left) Bryn Nicholls and (right) Issac Gawrytenko. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (133235-894)
Assistant head of Fareham Academy, Raj Patel showing the school's IPads to children from Wallisdean Infants School (left) Bryn Nicholls and (right) Issac Gawrytenko. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (133235-894)

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YOUNGSTERS had a taste of life in secondary school when they enjoyed a lesson about using iPads.

Pupils from Wallisdean Infant School were invited into Fareham Academy, formerly known as Neville Lovett Community School, in a bid to build good links with nearby schools.

The school taught children how to use iPads, showing them what an app is, and how the tablets can help learning.

Nikki Getty is assistant headteacher at Wallisdean Infants and said the session worked very well.

She said: ‘The idea was that Fareham Academy were looking to make links with their feeder schools and to give the children an opportunity to visit.

‘We thought iPad training was a good way for the children to have fun, meet the teachers and see the school, and do something beneficial as well.

‘It was learning for the teachers as well with age-appropriate apps that the children could use to enhance their learning.

‘It was wonderful. We had a really good turnout. It was so beautifully led.

‘It was absolutely fabulous, they loved it. They have all asked their parents for an iPad for Christmas.’

David Butterworth is assistant headteacher at Fareham Academy.

He said: ‘The students really enjoyed it.

‘They were learning new things, but the most important thing was getting them into the school.

‘It’s a good step forward into experiencing secondary school.’

Mr Butterworth said it’s good for the children to get a taste of life in secondary school at an early age.

‘It’s a good confidence thing,’ he said.

‘It’s about not feeling so scared of secondary school.

‘The staff and the kids were really nice.’

The school plans to revisit Fareham Academy at a later stage to allow more sessions to take place and to give the pupils a chance to have a tour of the school.

It hopes to run the event every half-term with children at the school.