Expanding pupils’ experiences and saving teachers’ time: why Staffordshire University Academies Trust use now>press>play
Mrs. Eaglefield, Deputy Headteacher, Moorgate Primary Academy on her school’s Experience of now>press>play:
Initially, we purchased now>press>play as part of our pupil premium funding to give pupils experiences they may not get outside of school. now>press>play is now an embedded part of our enrichment offering for all 280 pupils within the school.
now>press>play allows pupils to fully immerse themselves in Experiences as if they were really there. It absolutely is offering a broad package to support pupils’ personal development, and extend their life experiences with opportunities that they may not otherwise have.
For example, when learning about and writing postcards within English for a ‘Seaside’ trip pupils struggle to write about what they do not know. By using the now>press>play Seaside Experience pupils have a grounding in which to draw upon without having had a visit to the seaside. With ever-decreasing budgets and social distancing measures in place, large trips to places such as seaside visits are not possible but now>press>play offers an alternative to still enrich pupils’ experiences.
now>press>play works wonderfully as a jumping-off point and really gets pupils interested in a new topic or subject such as dinosaurs or the United Kingdom. The follow-on materials are well considered and support teachers’ workload. It is so simple to use that it does not take up a considerable amount of time to prepare – as a busy teacher this is a great big plus!! The easier it is to use and deliver the more likely it will be used ample times.
Presently, we haven’t measured now>press>play’s impact in a particular area but teachers often comment on how engaged pupils are and how well it supports the teaching of new material such as Neil Armstrong for Key Stage 1 rather than reading a book or report. Children absolutely love seeing the box arrive in their classroom and will ask “Are we using now>press>play?”
Having had the most recent training from the now>press>play team, as a school I can see us using it more than just the Experience sessions within the app but to enhance it further with our own music, etc to support pupils.