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Somerset schools have worked together to share their experiences of using tablet devices with primary learners.

Consider your tablet journey:
  • How will you prepare and plan?
  • How will you engage and explore?
  • How will you embed and review progress?

These materials are for SSTEP subscribing schools who wish to plan for and implement a roll-out of tablet devices in their school. If you are not a SSTEP subscribing school, please contact for details of documents.

Phase 2: Engage and Explore 

Start with a limited core toolkit of apps that can be used by teachers getting started with their tablets. Train staff in their use and encourage them to share ideas with each other.

The core tools below have been identified by Somerset teachers as being cross-curricular and will support a range of learning experiences. Android users may wish to look at the eLIM Android apps for learning.

iPad apps for Foundation Stage

  • Pic Collage (free)- add text to your photos (great for EYFS teachers)
  • Doodle Buddy (free) - make marks and explore
  • Singing Fingers (free) - 'sing' a picture and play it back
  • Sock Puppets (free) - animate a puppet to your own voice

iPad apps for Key Stage 1

  • Green Screen by Do Ink (£1.99) - simple greenscreen film-making HELPSHEET
  • Morfo Booth (£0.69) - animate an image HELPSHEET
  • Comic Life (£2.99) - present your learning HELPSHEET
  • Puppet Pals 2 (free) - animate a puppet to tell a story
  • Art Set (£0.69) - create a picture using simple art tools
  • QR Reader (free) - learn how to make QR Codes HELPSHEET

iPad apps for Key Stage 2

  • iMovie (£2.99) - create a trailer for a movie HELPSHEET
  • Comic Life (£2.99) - present your learning HELPSHEET
  • Keynote (£6.99) - PowerPoint-style presentations HELPSHEET
  • Photoshop Express (free)
  • Green Screen by Do Ink (£1.99) - simple greenscreen film-making HELPSHEET
  • QR Reader (free) - Make a class quiz or treasure hunt HELPSHEET

iPad apps across the curriculum

  • Plickers (free) - quick formative assessment tool; create a quiz and scan the answers with your device HELPSHEET
  • Popplet Lite (free) - mindmapping and presenting ideas HELPSHEET
  • Thinglink (free) - create an interactive image HELPSHEET

Phase 3: Embed and Review

Make links to learning in all subjects and extend your core toolkit into a class toolkit of apps to be used with your learners. These sample toolkits suggest some apps across the curriculum and can be adapted to include apps you've identified through exploration

Sample Toolkit for Year 1 and 2   PDF

Sample Toolkit for Year 3 and 4   PDF

Sample Toolkit for Year 5 and 6    PDF


These documents and links may help you identify more apps for your class toolkit:

eLIM iPad apps for Computing

eLIM Android apps for Computing

Apps for Primary Schools - searchable index of apps

Simon Haughton's apps for Computing


You may also wish to look at developing your own apps with learners:

Curry Rivel e-safety app - developed by Digital Leaders using Appshed

Appshed - app creation website, free for a personal account

Blippit - education focused app creation website, £225 pa for primaries, including planning materials. Free trial available.