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Tomorrow’s technology for today’s children


Pupils at Heywood Prep benefit from a complete IT overhaul and a fantastic new gadget


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ver the Easter holidays, Heywood Prep’s newest piece of technological kit arrived, to much excitement. From this term,


the school’s pupils will be putting a brand new, state-of-the-art 3D printer through its paces, and the benefits to their learning look set to be manifold. Heywood is one of very few schools


to have use of such a gadget, though its installation is not the only factor improving their educational environment. With the arrival of new Year Five teacher and head of IT, Ben Pitman-Jones, the Corsham school’s IT programme has been completely overhauled and updated, making it one of the most progressive in the county. Already, from Year One, children are learning algorithms – coded instructions arranged in sequence – and using specialised software to programme robots and create games. Now, from Year Three and with the use of the printer, children will be able to design and create tangible 3D objects on the computer, building them up digitally using a selection of shapes, and printing them out in multiple layers of plastic. Ben, who sees a solid understanding of technology as just as vital to a child’s career


prospects as securing a Maths or English GCSE, is thrilled with the new technology as it will give young Heywood pupils opportunities that not even most secondary school children enjoy, and a headstart in understanding its applications. 3D printing has many benefits, allowing


the quick and cheap production of functioning prototypes. “The potential is extraordinary,” says Ben. “Architects are able to print scale models for clients, and surgeons can print individually customised hips for replacement surgery. 3D printing applications are growing and it’s this kind of technology that will be facing children when they are entering careers. Using the new printer will help them learn about, and experience for themselves, the modern processes involved in coming up with, developing, testing and refining design concepts, with instant physical results.”


A proper understanding “The printer will have enormous benefits right across the curriculum,” continued Ben. “3D modelling will help children understand shapes, and how complex ones are made up from smaller constituent parts. Creating objects will also improve spacial awareness which is useful in problem solving and non-verbal reasoning


The addition of the technology is the latest positive development for Heywood


activities, and pupils will be working with measurements down to a tenth of a millimetre – a scale that is hard for children to perceive in traditional lessons – so they will be designing and realising their designs in much the same way that professional designers do. This is something most children simply do not have the opportunity to do. “If you look at what is required these days


in any career – finance, medicine, science – technology is at the heart of it. We need to recognise that a proper understanding of technology is going to be as important as literacy and numeracy. Keeping pace with emerging technology is vital; it’s not good enough to be teaching our children technology that is already redundant.” The addition of the new technology


is just the latest positive development at Heywood Prep, which has seen great investment in the past 18 months, since it was bought up by the Wishford Group of prep schools, owned by Sam Antrobus. “This is an amazing opportunity for our


children,” said headteacher Guy Barrett. “We are so used to using technology to consume information these days, and this is a monumental chance for us to change the culture in our children, from being passive consumers to becoming active creators.” BL


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New head of IT, Ben Pitman-Jones, has completely overhauled the IT programme


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