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YOUNGSTERS got a taste of life in a digital classroom.

Year 5 pupils at Stamshaw Junior School have been using tablets in lessons in a bid to boost their learning.

Stamshaw Junior School's new digital classroom. Pictured L-R Erin Smith 9 and Lewis Parr 9 ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143080-5)

Stamshaw Junior School's new digital classroom. Pictured L-R Erin Smith 9 and Lewis Parr 9 ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143080-5)

The Samsung Digital Classroom pilot is being run in 10 primary schools in disadvantaged areas across the country.

As a part of the programme, Samsung gave the devices to schools.

A study is being carried out as part of the project to see if it increases learning.

Lewis Parr, nine, said: ‘For Christmas last year I got a tablet. Once I started using it and got used to using it. I really enjoyed it.

‘It’s fun and it helps me learn. Normally we use paper and pencils and do all our learning there but it’s nice to use this to work.’

Erin Smith, nine, added: ‘I’m happy that we get to use them. It’s a great opportunity to learn more things.

‘It’s amazing to have the opportunity to do this. So far we have been using it to learn maths.’

Year 5 teacher and computing co-ordinator Alison Arif said: ‘It’s improved engagement and it helps the children with different learning styles to access the curriculum.

‘It’s to cater for all different learning styles and to make sure that all groups of children are catered for appropriately.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt visited to the school to find out how the project is going.

She said: ‘It’s incredibly important because as technology develops we want to make sure that we are using it in the best way possible and ensuring that it’s contributing to these kids’ education.

‘As well as providing them with good opportunities, there is a study going on alongside it to see how it’s helping the children learn.

‘Already there is some great evidence to show that it’s helping with things like special educational needs.

‘We’re seeing a taste of the classroom of the future here.’

The school has been provided with 30 tablets and Year 5 children have been using them since September.