Whizzkids get to grips with computer skills

Children at Roseacre Primary School are celebrating after the school was given the ICT Mark for its use of ICT across the school curriculum

Children at Roseacre Primary School are celebrating after the school was given the ICT Mark for its use of ICT across the school curriculum

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Children at Roseacre Primary School are at the forefront of IT and technology use in their day-to-day schooling.

The South Shore school has been awarded the prestigious ICT mark from Naace, an organisation working to advance education through ICT.

The award recognises how information and communication technology (ICT) is used across the school, from maths to history and in learning and play.

Now teachers and pupils at the school are being encouraged to share their skills with other Blackpool schools.

Sandra Gillibrand, headteacher at the school on Stonycroft Avenue, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this mark, it recognises our positive approach to ICT. We believe it’s essential our children are equipped for the modern world.”

The school boasts 40 laptops and 10 iPads as well as a host of other technology to enhance children’s learning.

Using these children will research topics, produce short films, presentations and their own photographs to illustrate their work and make learning interactive and fun.

Assistant headteacher Clare Greenwood said: “Children are coming in to school now with advanced knowledge [of technology] and we have to be alive to that.

“One of our pupils said to us, if you took the computers away we wouldn’t feel as clever.”

Teachers said they were immensely proud of pupils when assessors from Naace visited the school to interview them about their technology use and how it improves their school days.

Mrs Greenwood added: “We are extremely proud of them, they were very articulate with assessors.”

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