The Technologies Impact Review (TIR) is one of two aspect reviews being conducted by Education Scotland over 2013-14. The other is literacy and English. Similar reports were published in 2013 on science, social studies (on Education Scotland website) – these had similar process and objectives as for TIR: “What is it like to be a learner 3-18 in Scotland? What contribution do the technologies make to that experience, and what is their impact on young people?”
This blog post is part of a series of blogs sharing practice that has been seen in the schools visited as part of the review.
Through the daily use of iPads and the interactive board the children are becoming more confident with technology as they participate in real “hands on “experiences. They can take photographs, make videos and have learned about direction through the use of a programmes like “Terry Turtle”.
The nursery has introduced other aspects of the technologies by introducing a woodwork bench and tools. This was a perfect opportunity to seek the help of parents and get them involved in what they were doing in the nursery.
They displayed a poster asking for parents/grandparents to help out and demonstrate woodwork skills.
A volunteer parent who is a design & technology teacher came forward and offered to share her expertise with the children. She set up stations around the bench involving drilling, sawing, hammering and sanding, allowing the children to explore the tools and to begin to develop appropriate skills. They discussed the type of wood, tools and the skills required to use them safely. Staff benefitted from this experience as they were able to develop new skills and continue good practice demonstrated.
The children sawed and sanded a small block of wood to glue on to a wooden Christmas tree. As part of this activity the children were given plastic stars with their names engraved on them, to hang on the blocks as decorations. They also painted and decorated the tree and it was displayed in the playroom during December.
Following these activities the young people continue to develop the skills learned and use the woodwork bench regularly, indoors and outdoors. The children enjoy wearing the safety glasses when sawing and the ear protectors when hammering.
Impact/Benefits of the craft, design, engineering and graphics project
Young people are
- developing fine and gross motor skills
- gaining confidence in using resources/ materials
- being given opportunities to explore and use new materials
- developing skills for ‘Life Long Learning’
Staff and practitioners are
- Involving the parents in the community and using their skills
- taking part in high quality CPD