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Last week Corby Primary Academy became a Microsoft School. Other than the obligatory tweet that was sent out, this was very much an understated event.
— CorbyPrimaryAcademy (@CorbyPrimary) February 3, 2017
Although we are very proud to call ourselves a Microsoft School, this really marks the start, not the end, of our journey towards developing our use of technologies to further enhance the teaching and learning within our classrooms, for all our pupils.
Without doubt this is going to make the following twelve months at Corby Primary an even more amazing place to learn and work for our pupils and staff.
As well as updating our current IT provision and working alongside Microsoft to enable our pupils to take advantage of the feature-rich capabilities that Windows 10 and Office 365 has to offer, our primary focus will be on examining how we are preparing our young people for life outside of school; unpicking the the need to develop the key 21st century skills of; collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, problem-solving and innovation, information and communications technology (ICT) for learning, and skilled communication.
This 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) approach will underpin our work over the next year.
- Introducing everyone to OneDrive for Business to store, sync, and share work files …
- Giving staff and pupils a taste of how OneNote can be used to provide collaborative learning opportunities…
- Using tools like Sway to develop visual literacy learning…
- Using Skype in the Classroom to embark on virtual field trips around the world…
…just a taste of some of the great things to come!
We will also be putting a program of support and training together to allow both our staff and pupils to become proficient in embedding the use of these new technologies in their teaching and learning.
For staff this will be primarily through a mix of face-to-face and online CPD, driven through the Microsoft Educator Community, which hosts a wealth of expertise and resources as well as the ability to connect with fellow educators around the globe to share experiences.
So, we may be just starting our journey, but like other Microsoft Schools focused on leading and learning, this exciting new direction at Corby Primary Academy will ensure both continue to flourish, with adults focusing on learning as much as pupils will do on leading.
Let’s get cracking…!!
Efe and David shared their amazing writing about germs, and enjoyed telling me about the ‘germy potato’ experiment that’s currently going on in Caterpillars class.
Sounds like some fantastic learning…!!
Yesterday in assembly we explored how Advent is celebrated in this country and others around the world.
Well done, to Tyler, Zara, Hallie and Xavier who have already researched how different countries celebrate Advent.
It has also been lovely to hear from children around the school about how they celebrate it in different ways at home.
Please leave a comment and share the traditions you have and follow at this time of year.
Yesterday we were treated to our very first class assembly here at Corby Primary.
The Bumblebees class spoke about their topic learning, which has been all about toys.
The children shared some wonderful work, spoke very clearly and joined together to sing ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ at the end.
Well done to our Brilliant Bumblebees…you were fab!!!
Last week we had our Harvest Festival celebration.
Father Anthony, from St Michael’s Church came and led our celebration, and all the kind donations of food were delivered to the Corby Food Bank, which were gratefully received.
Thank you again, to everyone who donated some food. It is, as always, very much appreciated.
This morning in assembly I spoke about the journey we are just starting, where we hope to become a values based school.
We also spoke about how this means more than just being kind to each other and saying please and thank you. (Although these are still extremely important qualities to have!)
I’d really like to know what you think we can all do to work together in achieving this goal.
Remember to be realistic with your ideas. The things we do have to be achievable and make a difference.
I have some special ‘Top Blogger’ stickers for anyone who leave a comment, so get writing!
This morning was the perfect day to launch our Park and Stride scheme, which we hope will encourage our children and their parents to walk to school if they can.
It was amazing to see so many children ready and raring to go! 48 children took part today, which was a fantastic turnout. Well done to you all!
Our town Mayor Cllr Julie Riley and Lodgy the Lion came out to lead the way. A huge thank you as well to Miss Sturgess, Mrs Bagley and Mrs Simpson-Woodland who organised everyone and made sure everything ran smoothly.
Let’s see if we can have even MORE children taking part next month when we run it again!