Blue Kazoo in USA.
This year, Tom received a grant to visit schools, museums and heritage sites in Massachusetts, USA. He spent a month researching the methods of history re-enactments in popular tourist attractions to develop a bespoke classroom workshop for schools in Nottinghamshire. This is thanks to the support of Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship and with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.
A school in Bradford, UK has recently performed one of the biggest U-turns in primary school history by coming from a state of ‘Special Measures’ and into a the top half of performing schools in Britain. How? An extra six hours a week of music for every child.
The national curriculum has been updated – but not enough. There, we said it. Whilst technology is being advanced constantly, our education system hasn’t changed that much since Queen Victoria was on the throne.
As a child I loved reading, Roald Dahl or otherwise, and this has led me to where I am today – about to start a PhD in English Literature at the University of Nottingham. But it all stemmed from being read to and reading at home, and in school.
Tiny Green Planet proved to be a success in schools across Nottinghamshire. The aim of the project was to engage children in a conversation about conservation. Classes were encouraged to think about the impact they have on the world and were asked what they would change if they could design their own planet. The project was such a success in one school that we actually left the planet with them for an extra week because the children had so many brilliant ideas!