Learning Outside the Classroom

Kong Adventure Keswick

Looking for something that will challenge your pupils in new and exciting ways, whilst pushing them out of their comfort zone? Want to find a unique way to develop teamwork and soft skills? Look no further than Kong Adventure, Keswick! 

Based in the heart of the Lake District, we are a well-established centre specialising in all things adventurous, offering a vast range of activities, both indoors and out!  Each experience is tailor-made to your specifications, and every detail is carefully considered.

 

Boasting a large, state of the art onsite Climbing Wall, Ice Climbing Zone and our own café/play area, we are well equipped to deliver the experience your pupils deserve.  We even have an indoor caving system, for something truly unique!

Quality sports equipment for schools

sportsequip.co.uk are a Leicestershire based company specialising in the supply and installation of quality sports equipment for schools, colleges and universities.

 

sportsequip are major distributors for the most popular ranges of sports equipment for schools including UK manufacturers Harrod UK Ltd and Edwards Sports Products Ltd. With a wealth of experienced personnel on board sportsequip offer unbiased, balanced advise to go alongside their extensive range of products and services.

 

With competitive pricing being ever more important for all schools sportsequip.co.uk continue to secure more and more school orders and contracts for football goals, hockey goals, rugby posts,  cricket cages & artificial wickets.

 

How teachers can use mobile apps to engage students

By Paul Swaddle, Co-founder and Chairman of Pocket App
 

As youngster’s up and down the country prepare for school this September, education technology continues to be an extremely hot topic and mobile apps are proving to be a perfect solution for teachers hoping to enhance their classroom experience. Mobile apps can not only help teachers, but also students and their parents. Here are five ways teachers can use apps to engage their students.

 

1. Improve in-classroom communication

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

The winning Voice will appear in a recording to be played to tens of thousands of visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out. The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages.

The Apprenticeship Levy and why retailers and food manufacturers must embrace Apprenticeships more

apprenticeship reform

Debbie Gardiner (pictured),CEO of Qube Learning, explains why “Apprenticeship Reforms" commenced on the 1st May, which changed the way that Apprenticeships are funded and delivered using new Apprenticeship Standards and in turn, has changed how employers are recruiting.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Students take on work experience with top company

Students take on work experience with top company

Secondary school pupils got a taste of life in a busy company when they undertook work experience with a leading turf equipment manufacturer. 

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, an Ipswich-based manufacturing company recently hosted 15 pupils from local schools for a week of work experience. 

The students were placed in a number of different departments, including operations, engineering, marketing, IT, customer care, sales and HR. 

All of the students were given a thorough overview of the company including its extensive history dating back to 1789. 

Six tips for online safety during the summer holidays

Six tips for using devices safely in the summer holidays

Summer holidays are finally here, and come rain or shine, children will be spending a lot of time on their mobile devices.

A staggering, yet unsurprising, 92% of children claim to use their devices daily.  As adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure that while they’re using social media, gaming, or video sites they’re having fun, but most importantly, being safe.

Leading providers of classroom management software, Impero Software, put together these six top tips for the next six weeks of summer, offering best practice advice on how to keep young people safe online.

Week 1 – the Talk

Recognised chess challenge links up with children's author to inspire youngsters

Prestigious chess competition wins support from businessman and author

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

As an avid chess player himself, Mark - who is also the former deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and managing director of Waitrose - understands the importance of learning while young.

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

Mission to Mars: space challenge for uk schools

Young boy with a parent

MISSION TO MARS: LOCKHEED MARTIN & DISCOVERY EDUCATION LAUNCH SPACE CHALLENGE & STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR UK SCHOOLS

 

As the first manned mission to Mars draws nearer, UK students are being offered a unique opportunity to join the race to the red planet- by designing a space habitation module for NASA.  

The challenge – the first of its kind in the UK – is being launched today by Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education as part of a new national STEM education programme: Generation Beyond. Unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Gloucestershire, the exciting initiative will deliver space exploration resources to UK schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers and astronauts to pursue STEM careers.

St Andrew’s CE School brings the British Theatre to Croydon primary schools

St Andrew’s pupils

St Andrew’s CE School has announced its work in partnership with The British Theatre Academy, to bring musical theatre workshops to primary schools across Croydon.  

 

The workshops were run by groups of 12 students from St Andrew’s, whose work with the British Theatre Academy has seen students from the school perform in West End theatres in productions such as The Colour Purple and soon to be released ‘Pinocchio’The workshops brought movement and singing into the classroom for children in years four and five and began with a performance by the St Andrew’s students.