Manland have big hearts for learning!
EdufundUK are very keen to help with staff training as the benefits for children last for the whole of the teacher(s) career. We were therefore very pleased to award Manland Primary School a grant to fund a day’s training from an English Advisor from Herts for Learning.
In this case, Manland were addressing a specific need as Cally Arbury (School Business Manager) explained:
“We have a new English Lead and have made writing a key focus in our school development plan.
…the new English leader would be skilled up in the latest effective ways of teaching English. This is a particular area where our school needs assistance and writing is one of the focuses of our School Development Plan.”
Manland are certainly squeezing value for money out of the advisor as Cally explained:
“The Advisor would also deliver teacher training at a staff meeting.”
St Mary’s net a huge haul of PE equipment
We were pleased to award St Mary’s CE Primary School (Northchurch) a grant for a wide range of PE equipment including tennis racquets, basketball hoops, rounders sets, foam javelins, balance boards and even a pedal roller!
Jodie Brown (Nursery Teacher) explained the importance of having the equipment:
“As a school we are focussing on mental health and wellbeing, and a big part of this includes being outside, playing games (including team games), and being more active.
By having more resources for P.E it will enable us to offer more sports clubs during lunchtime or after school and will support the children who excel in a sports activity, when often they find academic learning in the classroom more difficult. We want all our children to be able to shine bright and be proud of their successes, and for many this happens during sports.”
Bids that are responding to an identified, specific need often carry a lot of weight and Jodie brought this into her arguments to strengthen her application:
“In the past we have had feedback from our parents, saying they would like more sports clubs on offer.”
Applecroft cook up a plan to equip their new food technology room.
We were pleased to award Applecroft School an award to purchase a large range of food technology equipment.
We love to see the efforts and determination staff and schools put into achieving their learning objectives and Applecroft have managed to convert their nursery into a food technology room during these difficult times. We are proud to help them acquire the equipment which takes them over the last barrier to introducing the subject into their curriculum.
Odette Coe (Finance and Business Manager) explained the benefits of a strong, well-resourced food technology offering:
“We have already seen how having an understanding of food groups and how important they are for healthy living has had such an impact on children’s attitudes and wellbeing - to actually allow the children the opportunity to learning basic food preparation skills and move onto cooking meals will embed attitudes and wellbeing even further.”
Odette went on to explain how children will also benefit outside of the curriculum:
“The food technology area will also be accessible to our after-school club to allow them to do additional activities with the children in their care. The after-school club also run holiday clubs so will have the same access to facility.”
Little Green create a great crate space
We were very pleased to award Little Green Junior School an award to buy two class sets and an intervention group set of portable outdoor seating. In a detailed and well-argued bid, Joanna Rowland (Pastoral Lead) showed how a large number of children would benefit from the equipment:
“The equipment enables two classes to use portable, purpose built seating to support their focus and involvement in outdoor learning. Similarly, a small intervention group will benefit too.
…Alternatively, the equipment can be used in a variety of ways to stimulate imagination and independent learning.
…Little Green After School Club
…Local Brownie and Guide pack
…School holiday and/or after school groups such as Art Club, Tech Club (as and when these resume)”
She then went on to explain the need and the many benefits of this equipment and outdoor learning, putting her arguments in current context and giving specific illustrative examples e.g:
“When our Year 6 cohort returned to school in June (after the partial lifting of Covid-19 restrictions) it was immediately apparent how invaluable these outside spaces were. Children were not necessarily with their usual class teacher, peers or friendship group. Nevertheless, in spite of the necessary restrictions, the children thrived when learning outside. For example, teachers were able to devise maths challenges using natural resources, art inspired by Goldsworthy and Frieda Kahlo, as well as numerous (socially distanced) PE and team building activities focusing on self-esteem and secondary school preparation. The freedom of learning in the fresh air and open spaces undoubtedly released some stress and anxiety for the children.
…For example; mini beast hunts and observing nature, transformed into a Celtic fort, as well as the scene of an ambush by Roman Centurions, data collection, sketching or painting nature and of course, whole class or group speaking and listening or reading. Research confirms that by experiencing their learning kinaesthetically, children’s understanding and recall of their learning is far more embedded.”
Long Marston stretch their children with yoga.
We were very excited to award Long Marston VA CE Primary School a grant towards training and mats to enable them to become a Yoga Trained school. As Clare South (Headteacher) explained:
“This consists of a day of training with class staff and the children; we are then left with a scheme of work and a contact to support our progress. So we will have trained staff and a scheme to support learning but we will also have a programme to support our child further with their wellbeing. Opportunities for mindfulness and relaxation will be invaluable even more so in this current climate. This work fits beautifully with our school philosophy of working with the whole child.”
Clare strengthened her bid with some of the lasting benefits of Yoga to both children and staff:
“The project is to support our children with physical activity as well as with their mental health and wellbeing. The whole school will benefit including staff. Having time to stop and think is difficult in this fast-paced world and by providing children with these skills at a young age, they will hopefully have a lifelong learning skill.”
Ashwell get a shed-load of outdoor learning equipment.
We were very pleased to award Ashwell Primary School a grant for outdoor science and English sheds and water play/learning equipment in order to create an outdoor learning space for their Year 1.
We are always looking for arguments of the benefits a bid will provide but even better than this is evidence that the projected benefits are likely to come into fruition. This might be from e.g. other schools, research or previous experience of staff or the school itself. Tracy Bowen (School Business Manager) provided the latter as part of her bid:
“Having already witnessed the benefit of the outdoor learning area in Early Years where we have seen children flourish, we know that these facilities will help our children to continue to make good progress in all areas of their learning.”