Although Branwood’s role as a preparatory school places an emphasis on traditional teaching and learning methods, we recognise the increasingly important role that technology plays in education and the wider world. As such, ICT is used in many different ways in the classroom, and our pupils are given the opportunity to use the school’s ICT resources as part of their day-to-day learning.
Every classroom is equipped with a large interactive display board which is used daily by staff and pupils as part of everyday teaching and learning. Each class also has its own set of iPads, allowing children to work in pairs, groups or individually, linking the iPads to the internet and to the interactive display boards. Pupils are able to create Leno boards, compose music and access numerous apps to enhance their learning.
The school also has a suite of more traditional PCs for word processing and other tasks. These are connected to an interactive display board.
The school has a custom built website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and our own personalised app, all of which work together to keep parents and staff fully informed and up to date on life here at Branwood, as well as providing valuable links and resources for pupils.
As you would expect from a traditional, independent school like Branwood, all of our classes are housed in individual form rooms. This allows our children to benefit from a calm and quiet environment when grappling with the perils of long division, whilst at the same time allowing animated discussion to proceed without disturbing others.
In the upper school children have their own individual desks and personal resources which they are responsible for. In the lower school children work in a more informal atmosphere with groups of pupils seated together and a variety of activity stations in each form room.
A wide variety of communal resources are available in each form room, with individual teachers having considerable freedom to tailor their classroom environment to the needs of their children. For example, we do not have a central school library but rather each form room has its own library of age appropriate material. In this way, children have constant and unfettered access to reading, and books become an integral part of their daily life in school.