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Does technology hinder children's writing skills?

Philippa Lang-Daly

At Rose Hill we are conscious of our duty to ensure that 21st century pupils acquire technological knowledge and skills which are essential for success in modern senior schools and the working world. But while we value technology and its potential to enhance teaching and learning, we believe optimum child development is achieved through immersion in a breadth of learning environments, including the more traditional.

Our pupils’ learning journey begins in our woodland classroom, as they learn to explore and manipulate their surroundings, stimulating their imagination and self-confidence. As they grow, iPads and laptops are introduced to support delivery of our Creative Curriculum, but we are clear that children should master penmanship before they learn to touch-type.

For a minority of pupils, difficulties with handwriting are a barrier to their ability to convey ideas and in these cases it’s entirely appropriate to use typing skills to produce work instead. However, most children benefit from handling and steering a pencil: there is plenty of evidence to support links between the physical act of writing, and deeper learning.

At Rose Hill we ensure that technology is used as a supplement to a range of creative and active learning experiences, therefore there is no sacrifice to child development. The outcome are positive: a generation who possess the essential skills for success in the modern world.

Philippa Lang-Daly, Director of Studies, Rose Hill School

Year 7 art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne

14 November 2019

On Thursday, 9 November Year 7 went on an Art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. After a bus journey to Eastbourne College we had a delicious lunch in their canteen. We then walked a short distance to the Towner Gallery which is located right next to the College. It wasn’t hard to miss as there was an amazing mural painted on the side of the building, in all sorts of shapes and colours, celebrating the Towner’s 10th Anniversary.

Rose Hill School Sports Tour to Holland

11 November 2019

During the half-term break 45 Rose Hill School pupils and staff travelled to Eindhoven in Holland as part of the school’s Sports tour. During the trip the boys were lucky enough to train with Dutch Giants PSV Eindhoven, whilst the girls trained with the Dutch National Hockey Champions Oranje-Rood.

Rose Hill School 11+ success

08 November 2019

Rose Hill School pupils were celebrating yesterday following a very successful year of 11+ results with nearly 90% of children passing the Kent Test. The pass rate has risen from 72% in 2018 to 88% in 2019 a significant increase under the new leadership of Head, Emma Neville and Deputy Head, Philippa Lang-Daly.

Rose Hill School HSBC SchoolBank

08 November 2019

Rose Hill School launched their HSBC SchoolBank in September 2018.

RHS Motorsport at Ford Airfield

07 May 2019

In the midst of the Easter holiday, three members of RHS Motorsport attended Greenpower Ford Airfield event with the Red Devil car.

Fly to the Line

03 May 2019

After coming first, second and third at the Regional Final for the Fly to the Line competition the whole of the Y5 STEM club were invited to attend the National Final at RAF Museum London.

Green Goblins second race of the season

03 May 2019

At the start of the Easter holidays a band of dedicated parents and children made the picturesque journey to Plumpton College for our second Greenpower Goblin race event.

Andiamo a Sauze D'Oulx!

26 April 2019

30 pupils enjoyed a fantastic week on the slopes in Sauze D'Oulx in Italy over the Easter holidays.

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