January 2015 archive

Special Effect charity support Springfield School

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

Springfield School have teamed up with local charity, Special Effect, to explore accessible gaming with pupils. The charity, based in Charlbury, put the fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

They use a range of technology, from modified joypads to eye-control, to enable people to play to the very best of their abilities. But it's not just about having fun. Increasing the accessibility of gaming helps to bring families and friends together as well as having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation. Special Effect have secured some funding to provide Springfield with a Playstation 3 with controllers adapted for both switch use and modified joypads that have a variety of handles to facilitate gaming.


Staff training on how to use the specially adapted Playstations was held this week and pupils are now able to start using the machines under guidance from their class teams.

Teachers getting briefed on how to use the modified playstations


Tim Walker, Assistant Head Teacher, said; "The use of technology in class helps pupils to access the curriculum so much better and offers real motivation and incentive. We are very lucky to be working with Special Effect on this and are sure that while the pupils play and learn both the school and Special Effect will also be able to learn and share expertise."

Tim playing Playstation

We're sure it won't be long until the pupils are able to beat the teachers hands down!

Making a splash!

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

On 15th January some of the pupils at Springfield Primary took part in a Partnership Swimming Gala at The Windrush Leisure Centre.


Pupils (and teachers) waited nervously for their race to be called.


looking nervous


Once in the water, there was more nervous excitement as they waited anxiously for the starter's whistle.


race start


And then they were off steaming towards the finish line!


nearly there


Everyone had a splashing good time! 

Springfield School