Friday 13 July 2018

My visit to St Leonard’s Primary School, Lambeth, UK

"My favourite part of the visit was walking into a classroom just as children were using their VR headsets, immersed in a virtual jungle for their Active Planet unit." - Rianna , Summer Intern at Fieldwork Education

Earlier this week, the other interns and I had the opportunity of visiting one of our IPC member schools, St Leonard's C of E Primary School, Lambeth, UK. The purpose of this visit was to see the IPC being implemented which really cemented my understanding of the curriculum. Prior to the visit, I only understood the IPC theory so it was useful to see it being put into practice at each milepost. Initially, it was quite bizarre being back in a primary school; I hadn’t been in one in over a decade. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed interacting with the children and listening to their experiences of the IPC units. As well as that, our three Year 5 guides were extremely helpful in showing us around the school and introducing us to each class.

St-leonards.jpg#asset:2010My favourite part of the visit was walking into a classroom just as children were using their VR headsets, immersed in a virtual jungle for their Active Planet unit. With a series of ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ echoing around the room, you could tell how engaged they were in their VR experiences.

One child was even kind enough to offer me her headset so I could experience for myself this simulated vision of an erupting volcano! I’m quite fascinated by VR, but, I’ve only ever taken part in an experience within a gallery setting so it was interesting to see how this type of technology can be used to aid educational engagement. Judging from the children’s reactions, it seems to have an excellent impact.

One of the campaigns I’m working on at the moment focuses on the process of a unit, from entry point to exit point. Thus, speaking to teachers gave me a better understanding of the different stakeholders involved in this process. While teachers are responsible for the organisation of the entry point, students are given a memorable and immersive opportunity to get to grips with themes that might be new to them. In addition, the community of parents can engage themselves in this process by attending entry/exit point events to help them support their children’s learning at home. Looking through children’s workbooks and seeing how they documented this process also gave me further ideas for my campaign.

Overall, I found my visit to St Leonard’s highly insightful and enjoyable and I look forward to the opportunity to visit another school during my time here.

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