It’s usually important that teachers don’t drone during lessons – but Delamere Academy’s Lucy Bate is anything but boring!
The enterprising Key Stage Two teacher has been using her remote controlled flying machine to capture children’s imagination during maths lessons.
While Miss Bate steered the miniature aircraft high above the primary’s generous playing fields, the excited youngsters arranged themselves in different number formations to reflect what they had learned in class.
Then they giggled as they watched the video footage shot from the sky.
Miss Bate, who joined Delamere last year, said: “It’s important to have a creative approach to teaching and make lessons as fun as possible, as these are likely some of the most memorable moments of school life for children.
“Using technology is a really easy way to capture children’s interest, because they can relate to it so easily and are very keen to engage with it.
“The drone is a useful tool for learning because it instantly engages all of the children. During the practical lesson on arrays of factor pairs, as soon as I mentioned we would go outside and use the drone their faces absolutely lit up.
“I’ve used the drone once before during a trip up Eddisbury Hill for a history topic in which we were studying hill forts from the Bronze Age and that was a big success too. I’ll use it again, and always be looking for more creative and engaging ways I can incorporate technology into my teaching.”
Delamere Academy, rated outstanding by Ofsted, is part of the North West Academies Trust (NWAT) which runs several schools across Cheshire and Shropshire.Teachers at all the schools are encouraged to be innovative and imaginative in the way they deliver lessons, and every opportunity to learn outside of the classroom is taken.
Head of School Julie Clayton said: “I love Lucy’s idea of using a drone to capture the children’s imaginations – it’s exactly the type of out-of-the-box thinking I support at all our schools. I’m not surprised it had the desired effect – engaging them completely in a maths lesson.
“We ensure all our schools are forward thinking, adopt the highest possible standards and open children’s eyes to a world of possibility.”