The children in the Michael Faraday Nursery are now coming towards the conclusion of their project using technology to help improve speech and language. Working with our school tech partners at audioboo, we have been using the online audio platform to help the Nursery children explore their use of language, and to focus on further language development.
A large part of this project has been the superb memory boxes that the children have been making whilst at school. We are incredibly grateful to all parents and carers who have kindly allowed the children to bring in and share some very special memories and photographs.
We started off this piece of work by recording the children either individually or in small groups. We asked them some friendly questions about themselves – who they enjoy playing with, have they been on holiday or what is their favourite food. We then repeated this process using a selection of home photographs as the stimulus. The Nursery children were able to add an extra layer of description to their thoughts with the help a physical image in which to describe their interests.
The final part of this project was to make a third recording, this time using the completed memory boxes that the children have made. We wanted the Nursery children to explain to an adult a little more about their own lives without too much prompting or intervention.
We noticed a considerable improvement in the both the choice of words and the confidence levels of each child as we repeated this process. This project is part of a wider initiative at Michael Faraday School to use online tools such as audioboo throughout the whole curriculum. We are now looking at the possibility of partnering up with an American school to exchange ideas and audio work online.
We have one more part of this project to celebrate in the Nursery – we will be inviting all parents to come into out school for an afternoon tea party to share our work and see some of the fine achievements. Many thanks to all the parents for helping to support the Nursery children with this work, and thank you to our technology partners at audioboo for being so generous with the resources and ideas.
We are happy to share some of the final recordings made by the Michael Faraday Nursery children in the playlist below.
Elsewhere around the Michael Faraday Nursery and we are pleased to announce that we have another newborn chick to look after! Susie was born a week later than Goldilocks and Smelly, our two other lovely chicks that the children are now taking care of.
We have been looking after the eggs in the incubator after our friends from Surrey Docks Farm kindly came to visit the Nursery. The children will now be monitoring the growth of the three chicks until they return back home to Surrey Docks. You can watch a short video of the chicks in the Michael Faraday Nursery below.