Mundella is a larger than average primary school in Sheffield. The majority of pupils are white British. A few pupils speak languages other than English. In the latest Ofsted report (2011) it was rated a ‘good’ school with an ‘imaginative and effective curriculum’. There are 274 pupils on roll. For the majority of children, English is the first language; 5% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.
The teacher, Kate, has long used Web 2.0 tools to support her class teaching and professional practice. She is committed to extending learning beyond the classroom and to widening the classroom community through blogging with her class and using a Twitter feed to connect with the parents. Twitter and her class blog keep parents informed about what her class is doing. She often poses a question for children, for example about their favourite food, or what they are doing for Sport Relief etc, connected in some way to the class topic or to school events. Kate has developed resources for other teachers at Mundella who were not familiar with blogging and Twitter. Her site is gaining considerable interest: to date it has had 6,676 hits.