Pupils help launch new website at Gomer Infant School in Gosport

HI-TECH KIT Lewis Teesdale and Zoe Powell with the school iPads              Picture: Paul Jacobs (142833-2)
HI-TECH KIT Lewis Teesdale and Zoe Powell with the school iPads Picture: Paul Jacobs (142833-2)

Primary school in Gosport celebrates one year since merger

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YOUNGSTERS at a primary school have taken to hi-tech classes like ducks to water.

Pupils at Gomer Infant School, in Pyrford Close, Alverstoke, Gosport, have been using new iPad tablet computers in their classes.

And after school yesterday, acting executive headteacher Debby Marshall launched their new website and spoke to parents about keeping children safe on the web.

She said: ‘We know the world of technology for these youngsters is motivating.

‘But within that we have to make sure we’re including in our curriculum about safety.

‘We all know there are potential dangers for our children.’

She added parents should keep an eye on their children while they are playing games online, such as the popular Minecraft computer game.

While in school pupils can only access a cached version of certain websites – meaning their access to the internet is hugely restricted.

The youngsters use this version of the web to access educational games.

The school’s new external website has won praise.

It is designed for parents, pupils and prospective parents, with access to the school’s curriculum and library and more.

Parent governor Cheryl Teesdale’s six-year-old son Lewis is in Year 6.

The 41-year-old, from Churcher Close, Alverstoke, said: ‘It’s 100 per cent better than the learning platform was.

‘He can play games with it, he keeps the iPad safe.

‘It’s brilliant for his maths and English.’

Lewis added he plays the maths learning games called Sumdog, which helps youngsters with numeracy skills.

He said: ‘I can play games on it.’

But internet safety is something parents keep an eye on at all times.

Ms Teesdale added: ‘It’s very important.

‘I had a niece who was bullied on Facebook and it’s horrific.

‘Keeping them safe is very important in everything whether it be digital or in play.’

The school also launched red balloons into the skies above Gosport yesterday.

Anyone who finds one is asked to send a message to the website gomerinfantschool.co.uk