27 June 2012
We spent a whole day at North Cadbury Primary School, in rural Somerset, working with three groups of children - in two of the sessions we were competing with brass band practice in the room next door.
In these sessions we had as much time as we needed, so we had some wide-ranging discussions with the children, ranging from the differences between a Social Enterprise (like Speakr), a charity, and a normal company, through the web application development process, to the relative costs of a website, a fighter jet, and the Olympics.
Two of our most memorable quotes came from the sessions at North Cadbury. We discussed how long our prototype had taken to design and build (5 months to this point), and we suggested that the children probably thought that was a really long time.
Lucy, in Year 4 said: 'No, I think you've done very well.' Which was nice.
At the end of our session with a Year 6 group, we refreshed the Speakr prototype to see what the children had written, and saw this:
Sometimes it's good to be reminded how worthwhile 'work' can be.
Thank you to Annie Craggs and Nick Collins for allowing us so much time with the North Cadbury children, and the run of the ICT suite for the day.
Year 6: Jacob, Chris, Neve, Max, Holly, Mattie
Year 3/4: Georgina, Sophie, Archie, Toby, Lucy, Henry
Year 2: Harley, Florence, Heidi, James, Josh, Jamie