1. Description of Our Community
Our school philosophy is centred around developing the whole child and creating thinking, independent, caring and successful citizens for the future, able to make informed choices and valued contributions to society. With this in mind, we decided that our community would include Bolton and its neighbouring towns and cities, because we wanted to focus on our school locality, and showcase “home produced” leaders, who have not only had a significant impact upon our community at a local level, but who have also had a wider impact nationally, and in some cases, internationally. We want to instil pride and inspire them to strive towards achieving their aspirations and ambitions, showing them that great leaders help to create a rich tapestry of life but often come from humble backgrounds.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is about key leaders who have originated from our local community, and provided evidence, produced by our pupils, which shows why they are leaders in their field. Younger children focused upon our own school leader- the head teacher, Mrs. Bramwell, whilst other classes chose Samuel Crompton (a historical leader), Nick Park ( a leader in film animation), and the Warburton family ( bakers born and bred in Bolton). Children examined aspects of their lived and work, determining how they had become leaders in their particular field. Year 4( 8-9 years old) went on to try out Nick Park’s animation techniques for themselves, and created short animation films with great results. Year 5(9-10 years old) experienced bread making when Warburton’s staff came into school. They made bread hedgehogs. Our younger pupils(5-6 years old) visited a manor house- Hall-ith-Wood- which was once the home of Samuel Crompton and is reported to be haunted. They got to dress up in costumes, and learned that the loom, the spinning mule, invented by Samuel Crompton, was used to make material, just like the materials their costumes were made from.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
School has an ICT suite with 15 computers, a printer and a server, plus 2 mini suites each housing 5 computers, one with its own printer. Each class has an interactive whiteboard and wireless connections to the server, and all staff have a teacher laptop to use in class
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We have recently developed a school website, which is under continuous review and improvement. Most staff wanted to contribute towards the website, but lack of expertise and time meant that only two staff updated it regularly, and the rest avoided it. This presented a problem, as only two staff declared having enough knowledge to attempt to create a project website for the “Empower and Unite” theme, so we engaged the expertise of our ICT technician, who visits weekly to back up data and troubleshoot in our ICT suite. He helped us to create our Cyberfair website entry. Classes carried out research, and the technician and Deputy head teacher began to create the web pages with the children, based on the children’s’ ideas.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participation in the Cyberfair has allowed our pupils to learn about a variety of leaders and given them opportunities to develop their understanding of sharing and working together as a team to achieve a common goal. They have been empowered through their recognition that success, in any field, is an achievable possibility.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Completing our entry met a lot of the ICT curriculum strands for using the internet and a range of technologies(cameras, voice recorders etc.)It also supported and met objectives in literacy, Design technology, speaking and listening, History and citizenship, developing a range of communication skills across the age range.