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Woodcroft First School children in Leek get digital with new ibook

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

Woodcroft First School pupils with an ipad showing their ibook. From the left, four-year-old Daisy Scrivens, George Bridgwood, aged six, Felix Bethany, aged six, and six-year-old Lizzie De-Steunder.

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Pupils have been getting digitally creative with literature – by creating what is believed to be a first for any school.

Staff at Woodcroft First School in Leek believe that their children are groundbreakers in producing an ibook for all to see on the internet.

Every one of the 217 youngsters at the Wallbridge Drive school has played a part in creating the ibook, which is made up of seven stories, each with illustrations and audio.

The ibook, entitled 'Our Stories Woodcroft First', features stories which have been written by the Woodcroft children themselves.

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They include The Emporor and The red Dragon; Teddy's Birthday Party; Diesel's Space Adventure; The Talking Crown; Marshmallow Monster; How The hedgehog Got His Spikes; and The Land of the Kiwi.

All relate to the classwork which each year has been studying recently.

Teacher Hannah Hammersley said: "The Parent Teacher Association came up with the idea of the school doing an ibook and members of the PTA carried out the hard work of putting it all together.

"They wanted to do something to raise funds for the school, but wanted to do something different; something which would include parts of the curriculum and also something which the children are into now.

"As far as we know, no other school has done this yet."

Daisy Scrivens, aged four, said: "I am very excited because my nan and grandad who live in Canada can buy the book and be able to hear my voice too."

George Bridgwood, aged six, said: "It was fun when we first had a look at the ibook on the computer because we were trying to work out who said which bit.

"It was fun making the ibook."

Felix Bethany, aged six, said: "It's really good to see our work on the computer and I feel excited that other people will be able to have a look at our work."

Six-year-old Lizzie De-Steunder, said: "Some of us worked on the beginning of the story, and others on the middle and others on the end.

"I am hoping that The Queen will have a look at our book because I helped with the story about The Talking Crown."

The ibook, which is available online in 52 different countries, is available to download, for £2.99, from Google Play or the ibook store.

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