Children take over the classroom for tech lesson

ROBOTICS: Gilberthorpe School pupils left to right: 10 year old Jorja Hodgson, 12 year old Sita-Lila Evans and 11 year old Siyona Sachdev. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS.

Teachers enjoyed seeing children become the tutors at the first ever pupil-led education summit in Hornby on Wednesday.

As part of the Manaiakalani Outreach programme, 120 pupils from six schools, which are part of the Uru Manuka cluster, gathered at Hornby Primary School.

The year 4 to 6 pupils from Hornby Primary, St Bernadette’s, South Hornby, Sockburn, Gilberthorpe and Yaldhurst Model schools rotated around six different workshops, each lasting 45min.

The focus of the summit was on digital technology and the pupils taught each other about coding, robotics, blogging and other useful online tools.

Hornby Primary School principal Simon Scott said the children loved the summit and behaved so much better when teaching one another.

He said the best part was that the information came from a child’s perspective.

“Often children are the best teachers. And especially with technology these days, they actually probably know more about it than the adults know about it,” he said.

Mr Scott hoped to make the summit an annual occasion. He said the school would get feedback from pupils and adapt that into next year’s summit.

“Hopefully, we can expand on this. Ideally, we’d like to start small and grow. Next year we will be looking to make it a bit bigger and maybe include some younger children too,” Mr Scott said.

Gilberthorpe School pupil Siyona Sachdev said she
really liked learning about robotics and spending time with children from other schools.

“I enjoy finding out who they are and what they’re like,” Siyona said. Her favourite part of the summit was discovering the robot can move automatically when it is given instructions.