Our schools are minimising the number of visitors they receive, as well as the amount of time visitors spend on the school premises, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This will help to minimise group mixing and make it easier to maintain social distancing in school.
We expect all visitors to: 1. only visit the school premises if absolutely necessary. Please phone instead, request a call or request an online meeting if possible. 2. not enter the premises if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus. 3. clean your hands with alcohol gel (provided) when you enter and leave the building. 4. follow the same procedures as those in place for staff, ie social distancing (2m), avoid touching surfaces and do not enter areas of the school without the permission of staff.
Thank you for your support in keeping our pupils, staff and families safe.
The Human-Robot Interaction team at Plymouth University have been investigating how we can use new technology to help children learn.
Previously, they have found that a robot tutor can improve learning when compared to screen-based instruction for maths. James visited Widey Court to explore how different robot behaviour might impact how well children learn. Over 50 children from Year 4 had a 10 minute French lesson from a small robot, where they were taught three simple rules to work out whether to use "le" or "la" for some French nouns.
Some children saw a robot which talked more about itself and had a short chat with them, whereas others saw a robot which concentrated only on the lesson. The children learnt a significant amount regardless of which robot they saw, and they also remembered just as much a week later as well! This research was carried out as part of the DREAM project, which you can read more about here: http://www.dream2020.eu/