As part of our exploration topic, we have been lucky enough to use virtual reality to explore different parts of the world! See our recent news story in the press: Virtual Reality Comes to Park Grove
Rather than just talk about rainforests, deserts, under the sea and space, the children in Key Stage 2 were able to transport themselves there through the power of VR.
“It allows you to see places you thought you would never see but all in VR – it makes it look very realistic!” says Dariush, a Year 6 student.
Another Year 6 student, Nellie, said: “VR has been an amazing help to our learning. It’s hard to write about under the sea when you can’t go there and it has given us so many experiences that we might never have seen.
“I think I can speak for everyone when I say it is one of the most fun ways to learn!”
We are keen on using technology to enhance learning for their children, with chromebooks and iPads being used widely throughout all key stages and classes for the different range of subjects in the curriculum. With children having access to tablets and other devices for entertainment from a young age, it is important for schools to keep up with the ever evolving technology available and use it to improve education and make learning more engaging and effective.
For children, it’s much easier to learn something whilst experiencing it, so instead of reading a large amount of text explaining what it is like in the deepest depths of the sea, Park Grove students have been able to put on the VR headsets to instantly immerse themselves into that environment.
This has inspired the classes to explore more about the oceans, learning about key underwater explorers and the importance of marine conservation.
Year 5 and 6 teacher Charlotte Platts, said: “It is all thanks to our IT provider Vital who have allowed us to use this amazing technology to engage our children in their learning, making their lessons on our exploration topic more memorable and giving them some very realistic experiences – all whilst still sat here at school!”