Children’s University activities
Enrich Education and the wider Children’s University network from across the UK have started to put together a range of different online challenges that can be undertaken by children at home. The majority of the challenges and activities are Children’s University accredited and will allow children to carry on accruing credits towards their graduation while away from school. These challenges and activities will be available through both the national Children’s University website and also the Enrich website in the ‘news’ section. Links to both sites can be found below:
Keep a record of the activities you complete in your Children’s University Passport – if you don’t have a passport keep a record on a piece of paper, in a notebook or why not make your own Passport to Learning! I look forward to seeing what you have been doing.
What is Children’s University?
Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. This is achieved by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside school. Research shows that participation in extra-curricular activities can positively impact on attainment, increase a pupil’s positive identification with school, and build self-confidence and resilience.
Children who participate in Children’s University have the opportunity to learn in a rich range of contexts, experience new places, visit universities and attend their own graduation ceremonies. This adventure introduces children to the joy of learning, brings a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops their confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures.
How does it work at St Julie’s?
As a school we offer a wide range of after-school activities from Year 1 upwards. Every time a child attends an after school club the time they spend is logged on the club register. In February each year, the total hours for the previous year is calculated with each hour being one credit. Hours are banked and accumulate year on year.
From Year 3 the children are invited to attend the Children’s University Graduation Ceremony at Hope University in March. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the children’s many talents, skills and achievements in their learning beyond the school day.
Do other clubs that the children attend count – not school ones?
Credits can be earned by attending other clubs but they must have been accredited by Children’s University and will be on a list of CU Learning Destinations which can be viewed on the Children’s University website. Some of the local clubs which are currently part of the scheme are on the document attached to this page.
To log the hours attended at a CU Learning Destination you will need a Passport to Learning in which to record participation in the quality-assured activities taken part in beyond the classroom.
A Passport to Learning can be purchased from the School Office. Take the passport along to the club every time you attend and hand it in to be signed and dated. School will collect these in for verification in February.
Do any other activities count?
Many museums and places of interest where the children extend their learning are recognised CU Learning Destinations – just check the list and take your Passport along to be stamped or signed. An afternoon out could earn up to 2 credits.
Enrich Education who facilitate St Helens’ Children’s University now set activities for the school holidays which the children can complete. On bringing their evidence in to school they can earn credits for each fun creative task completed.
Certificates start with a Bronze Award for 30 hours of CU Learning Activities and go up to a Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours! Children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of learning opportunities and to broaden their experience so there is a cap of 100 hours per club.