Out of School Activities

New engineering challenge launched at Big Bang Fair

New engineering scheme launched at Big Bang Fair

A new education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair is opening the door to engineering for children across the country. 

Junior Technology Tournaments are inviting school children to take part in a range of activities that encourages them to think about engineering. 

The scheme was developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and is based on success of the Rotary's existing Senior Technology Tournaments, where secondary school students take part in innovative engineering challenges as part of a national competition. 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Internet Safety

Internet Safety

‘70% of children aged five to 15 have access to a tablet, while 40% of five to 15s and 80% of 12 to 15s have a mobile phone.
Which means that each child – however diligent their parents have been about filtering and monitoring at home – is only as
safe as their least-protected friend’

 
A new report into digital resilience from family internet safety experts Parent Zone asks ‘Is it time to rethink online parental controls?’

 

Ordinary Magic for the Digital Age: Understanding Digital Online Resilience
by Rachel Rosen

New "Facebook for seven year olds" is launched to boost internet safety

gbubble.gifA new social media platform dubbed "Facebook for seven year olds" has been launched to help protect children when they are online. 

Former police sergeant Henry Platten has designed GoBubble to provide young people with a safe alternative to Facebook following the news that increasing numbers of primary school children are logging on to social media at least once a day. 

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

How Holiday Childcare Promotes Education

Whilst you’re spending your hard - earned money on childcare during the holiday season, it’s great to feel assured that your child isn’t just spending hours being mindlessly entertained. It’s vital that their minds are being stimulated while having fun! 

Putting your children into a high - quality childcare environment can greatly help with their educational development and help them improve their habits in school. 

The team at Barracudas Camps explain just some of the ways your child is getting educated while spending their time at a childcare camp. 

Art and Development

Should tackling be allowed in school rugby?

 

Stadia Sports manager Daniel Goddard takes a look at the dangers of school rugby and discusses the safety equipment available. 

In a recent letter to the Government, more than 70 doctors and health experts asked for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. The letter outlines and warns of the risk of serious injury among under 18s playing the sport, with a recommendation for schools to introduce touch and non-contact versions of the game. 

In the current curriculum, rugby is a compulsory part of physical education from the age of 11, and there is particular emphasis on it in the independent sector.

Frogmore Paper Mill School Programmes - Interactive, Fun and Informative

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Frogmore Paper Mill offers a range of exciting educational attractions and activities at the site of the worlds first industrial papermaking machine of 1803. It is one of the few working industrial sites open to the public. Watch our working 1902 Fourdrinier machine producing beautiful specialist papers, or our papermaker in action at the hand vat, while you are here.

“a WONDERFUL day we all had and every child came away the richer for sure” – a teacher

Workshop Sessions

We cater for all age groups from Key Stage 1, 2, 3 to 4+ and are able to offer themed sessions linked to school curriculum. Our 2.5 hour programmes are tailored toeither primary or secondary school classes.

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