Some of the youngest children in the school went on a dusk nature walk equipped with binoculars, tablets and an abundance of enthusiasm. The children stalked quietly along the beautiful path to the edge of the nearby lake. They eagerly used the tablets to photograph the multitude of birds and their habitats. The short walk around Paradise Village revealed a diverse range of habitats. The name of the school has been well chosen as anyone who undertakes this walk will quickly see. It was refreshing to see how well the younger children shared the equipment and eagerly pointed out birds to each other. The return journey past the edge of ‘Snake Mountain’ which is a ‘jungle’ habitat, added an extra dimension to the walk. The sound of roosting birds emanating from the thick undergrowth gave an audible experience. The flocks of birds returning home after feeding at the lake, could be seen against the setting sun.
The introduction of ten tablets to the school has been a success. It has motivated the desire to provide a tablet for each student at the school. To support this ambition, eight of the senior students, four girls and four boys, are receiving additional training. This will provide the school with a knowledge pool sufficient to support the on-going use of the tablets in all areas of the curriculum.
Each of the eight children have pledged, in the fullness of time, to pass on their knowledge to eight more children. The success of the introduction of tablets has already led to a pledge for six more tablets. The cost of each tablet is £40 and support is actively sought to fulfil this ambition. Anyone wishing to contribute towards buying a tablet, can do so by going to www.healcharity.org and following the donation link.
The exercise that was set was to research famous world landmarks, using the computers in the new computer lab’. Children were shown how to use a search engine and how to navigate webpages to find relevant information. They were also asked to find images of the landmarks so that sketches could be produced.
Twenty one children undertook the exercise and very good reports were produced by eleven of the children. Samvidha, Bhargav, Lokesh, Sai Keerthi and Lakshmi all produced work of outstanding quality. Here are some examples of their work.