The School Association at Springfield Primary School in Sunbury has done its bit to spread a bit of happiness amongst the pupils by donating 28 new Samsung tablets – secured through a margarine promotion.
Earlier this year, Flora ran a ‘Tubs 4 Tabs’ scheme, where customers could help contribute towards specialist IT equipment for the school of their choice, and the parents of Springfield clubbed together with such effort that they ended up bringing in 28 new pieces for the benefit of pupils.
“It’s such a simple project, but one which has had a massive effect on the children’s learning,” said Springfield’s head of IT, Chris Gough. “We can’t thank the School Association enough for what they did. We’ve customised the tablets specifically towards the children’s school needs, getting protective cases - always useful in a school! – for them all, and installing the Tabpilot software scheme.
“All across the school, the children are feeling the benefit. They can now learn and play games independently, and even that is done in an educational way, as installing them involves an element of computer programming ability.”
The school term may have come to an end, but that does not mean that their education stops, because one of the apps they have been using on the new tablets – Skoolbo – will also be accessible from home during the holidays.
“Skoolbo is fantastic, as it is set to their individual ability at maths and English – they really love using it,” Mr Gough explained. “We’re giving them their login details to take away with them during the holidays, because we know they’ll want to carry on using it, which will have great benefits in terms of continuing their learning even out of school time. They enjoy it, and they benefit from it. And none of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the School Association’s help.”
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