“web-based tools and resources have changed the landscape of learning. Students now have at their fingertips unlimited access to digital content, resources, experts, databases and communities of interest. “
We believe that in an ever-changing, interconnected world, our model of Teaching and Learning needed to evolve to prepare students for the 21st century world. Our Blended Learning approach combines the best of traditional teaching methods whilst giving access to the world of information online and freeing student creativity using digital tools.
We think that 21st Century Learners:
- Learn through enquiry and creativity, investigating the world around them and synthesising new knowledge through investigation and projects
- Have a right to an increasingly personalised curriculum, that caters to their individual needs and motivates them through choice and variety of learning media
- Make connections locally and globally, collaborating with peers, expressing their ideas and gaining a global perspective
- Are active, independent learners that take ownership for their learning, using a range of tools and resources to stretch and challenge themselves.
- Use online resources to extend the boundaries of learning beyond the confines of the classroom and school day
The diagram summarises Sandringham’s strategy for Blended Learning:
- BYOD: Students in years 7-11 must bring a suitable device to school each day. Students in sixth form may be required to bring a laptop or Chromebook to lessons depending on their subject choices.
- GSuite for Education: our main tool for communication, collaboration, submission of work and receiving feedback
- Digital Learning Spaces: our website MySandstorm provides online resources, revision tools and a range of apps for learning such as My Maths, Kerboodle and My GCSE Science
- Show My Homework: All home learning in years 7-11 is set online with parents and students having access via the website or app.
- Google Classroom is used throughout the school, particularly in the sixth form to share lesson resources with students and sometimes to collect work.