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St Colmcille's Nursery School, Downpatrick Co. Down

Home Learning Packs

7th Jan 2021

Choosing an app for your child – the FEED test

There are lots of apps that say they are ‘educational’, but you’ll want to reassure yourself that’s the case and that they are right for your child. The FEED check may help.

Fun – Will your child enjoy the app? Will it keep their attention?

Educational – Is there a clear educational aim? Do you know what your child will learn? Will it keep them learning and allow them to progress?

Engaging – Will it help your child if they get stuck? Will it give them feedback and let them know when they’ve got challenges right?

Design – Is it attractive and easy to use? Is it inclusive and does it avoid gender and racial stereotypes? Can an adult change the settings? Is it safe, with links to the internet and adverts protected behind a parental gate?

Find more information on how to support your child’s learning through apps and get advice on screen time:

At our Nursery School, we are always very keen to promote our “Learning through Play” policy, and whilst we do not discourage the use of phones/ipads and tablets, we feel that they should be used in a limited basis. Therefore, this week, we have posted a Winter-themed pack to every child which contains worksheets and lots of practical ideas to stimulate learning. We will continue to post out these packs on a weekly basis until we are back in school. Please email us if your child did not receive a pack this week. We hope you enjoy using them and find them useful; email us a photo of your child and an activity they are doing, and please give us feedback on how useful these packs are.