Prescot Primary's Project Dash

A project by: Lisa Seddon



from 36 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 08 Jul 2019
Engaging our little learners into the art of story-telling with the help of technology!


Number of students that will benefit: 180

Age of students: 3-6

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 20.6%


About us

Prescot Primary and Nursery School is a two-form entry school in the Liverpool borough of Knowsley. Knowsley is the second most deprived borough in the country, the most working class and the least ethnically diverse.

The majority of the pupils at Prescot are White British and speak English as a first language. This is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils that qualify for pupil premium funding is also above the national average.

In 2012, we launched our iPad 1:1 project in Year 3 as part of our strategy to address the lower attainment levels of some of those children for whom we received pupil premium funding. We believed that technology could positively impact children’s learning and wanted to close the digital divide between those children who had access to technology at home and those that did not. Since then we have grown our 1:1 project and have been designated as an 'Apple Distinguished School' (2017 - 2020). You can read more by downloading our newest iBook from the iBooks Store:

We have always wanted to provide new opportunities for all our children to develop those essential learning skills that will ensure they can succeed in a rapidly changing world.

However, we are conscious that children in our Early Years do not have access to the same quality or quantity of devices that the older children enjoy. Little learners in Nursery and Reception have an amazing outdoor space to boost physical development and lots of engaging concrete resources. They use iPads often but, as high quality talk is a high priority, time on devices is monitored closely.

We do recognise however that programmable kit and early coding toys are extremely useful in giving the children a reason to talk - to solve problems, think aloud, debate and tell stories. Providing some high quality resources to re-engage our Early Years pupils with coding would help us to achieve the next target on our technological journey.

What do we want?

We want to buy 4 Wonder Workshop Dash Robots.

Who is this for?

These coding toys will be used in our Nursery, Reception and Y1 classes.

Why do we want it?

We have recently been emboldened by an article in this month's Impact journal from the Chartered College of Teaching. We have placed a great emphasis on enabling our little learners to develop physically; our outdoor spaces have had great investment and are spaces made for adventure. After reading the article, 'We're going to be the persons that tell stories': An exploration of how digital technologies can enhance children's learning in the Early Years', (Cathy Gunning), we looked again at our provision for younger pupils to learn using technology. This area now also requires serious investment.

We have seen through the progress our older children have made across the curriculum how digital technologies have energised learning. How they are digital natives who think more creatively and learn more confidently than ever before.

Spheros are very popular in our school. They have been programmed by different year groups to tell different stories. In one lesson, Sphero became Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream, working his way around the mysterious forest. Another session saw Sphero catching the plague then travel around a world map, leaving disaster in its wake. Programming devices to follow a story map helps children to visualise events and become more chronologically aware.

Our younger children feed off our older children, eager to have a go. We think Dash will take our younger children on lots of new adventures! Now it's their turn to become immersed into stories by being able to programme and control their main character - Dash can be transformed into anyone: Red Riding Hood, the smartest giant in town or Harry with his dinosaurs!  Tasks will be easier and will provide lots of problem-solving opportunities: can you get the mouse around the wood before the Gruffalo finds him? Can you help the family on the bear hunt overcome all of the challenges? They will explore, experiment and present solutions to each other whilst gaining spatial awareness and doing lots of talking - just what our children need.

Open-ended tasks will allow children to be independent; they can have ownership of their learning experiences and work with adults on a different level - they can even change the ending of their stories - what if the Gruffalo actually lived in a big city? 

We think Dash will take our children on lots of new learning adventures, helping to set the foundations of problem-solving and computer programming whilst gaining a deeper knowledge of much-loved stories.


4 x Wonder Workshop Dash Robots @{creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584070139015073&psc=1 @ £184.29

Sub total = £737.16 (Inc VAT* & delivery) 

+3% payment processing fees (charged by the payment provider)

Grand Total = £760


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy another Dash!


We have recently witnessed the power of a community when we won the Tesco bid for our EYFS outdoors provision. This has made a huge difference to the children in our school - and will offer our future intakes a memorable experience too.

We would love the community to come together once again to support this project - you really can make a huge impact.

Please do donate, but if you can't donate right now you can help us in other ways! Share this project with anyone you think would support us. Share the link at the top of the page on Twitter, Facebook, email, your website, blog, mention us in a phone call or even just a chat over the fence! Please support us and help make a difference to our students.

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