Primary Award Winners

Over £250,000 Granted to Hertfordshire Primary Schools Since September 2019
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Shiny New Cassiobury Chrome

We were very happy to fund four new Chrome books for Cassiobury Junior School in Watford to add to their existing trolley of 26.  We fully appreciate how much more effective learning can be when children do not have to share equipment (although, team/pairs work also has a big part to play in certain activities of course) and so we were glad to enable the school to finally have a full class set.

Whilst IT itself is only a small (but important) part of the primary curriculum, we are always keen to hear how schools would like to use IT to learn more effectively across the other subjects and prepare children for secondary school and the world beyond.

Lovely laptops for learning at St Giles

We were very pleased to award St Giles C of E Primary in Potters Bar a grant for two laptops to help with children’s learning.

As Rosie Willett, School Business Manager argued in her bid, the laptops would help:

…enable access to the curriculum for all of our children, regardless of ability, age or aptitude. Our current small stock of laptops have become a much used tool in all areas of the curriculum and teaching, enabling all children, but particularly those who are less able, or with special educational needs to access information and valuable tools to aid their learning. However, the small number that we have restricts teaching and learning and it is vital that we keep up with the ever-changing technologies.

Kingsway bang on about music!

We were very pleased to award Kingsway Junior School (Watford) an award to purchase a whole range of Djembe drums to enhance their music curriculum offering.  Kingsway will also tie the drums in with  geography, history, art, dram and English with such activities as a visit from Bigfoot theatre to celebrate black history month.  As Jo Beale (Music Coordinator) wrote in her application: 

The vision is for each year group to learn an instrument each year. Within the last year, we have purchased glockenspiels and ukuleles. We offered an after-school Ukulele club. Fitting into our Music scheme, the Djembe drums would contribute to our national curriculum aims of "perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians".

Jo also explained how drumming has, in her experience, been particularly effective at motivating boys which is a focus at Kingsway at the moment.  The drums will also be used in a PPG nurture group and be showcased at a performance for parents.


Top-Up Bid – Terrific Textiles!

We were very happy to give Kingsway Junior their second grant this year to take their award total to the maximum £1,000.  This top-up grant was for textiles equipment to introduce the subject to the school. 

Amanda Akers (Teacher) made a strong case for the project where she looked at many cross-curricular benefits for children of all ages.

“Giving pupils the opportunity to physically examine a range of fabrics in order to make an informed choice of what is most suitable for their product
Moving away from stereotypical outcomes where pupils all make the same product led by the teacher. Working from contexts, pupils can come up with their own design brief and work towards solving it – what other subjects aside from D&T give them the opportunity to develop such strong analytical problem-solving skills?
Creating a PowerPoint to help plan what they are going to design
Not just in the practical aspect of sewing, but also in the development of the transferable skills of analytical thinking, problem solving, accuracy, planning and evaluation
• Understanding the principles of polymerisation to manufacture synthetic and regenerated fibres
• Knowing the chemical reactions that take place when colouring fibres and fabrics, in order to get the desired outcomes
• Testing properties of fabrics – for example, tensile strength


• Drafting the pattern – measurement, scale, tolerances
• Colouring fabric – ratios”

Amanda also applied the bid’s benefits to the current lockdown with an excellent first project to make PPE equipment:

“Some children have been in school from the start of the lockdown, throughout the Easter holidays and will continue to do so as their parents are vital in fighting the virus. In getting the textile equipment, not only can they learn vital life skills linked to Science and Maths, they can make PPE equipment, design products for their parents and be proud of what they have achieved in this time. This is a way of thanking them for coming in everyday so their parents can work.”

Robots invade Rickmansworth!

We were very pleased to award Sarratt Primary School in Rickmansworth a grant for computer coding equipment to help them in their “digital revolution”.  The project will use Blue-Bot coding robots, inventor kits, circuit boards, programmable mats and sequence cards.

As Nicola O’Hare (Head) and Andrew Young (Digital Technology Lead) explained in their bid:

The addition of practical resources to our school’s digital offer would enable children to develop their coding skills, whilst also taking on real-life problem-solving challenges.

The Blue-Bots in early years and KS1, will give the children a sound understanding of coding and how to set up algorithms. This would then lead the children into more advanced coding, by using the Micro:bits and inventors kits.

We believe that the introduction of these resources will inspire and motivate the children across the school and engage them with the computing curriculum. The resources that we have selected will not only support the learning of current cohorts but will allow the computing curriculum to be supported for many years.

Oxhey Wood Lift Hearts and Minds!

EdufundUK are delighted to award Oxhey Wood Primary School in Watford an Arts award to take their pupils to see Matilda in the West End.

This was a difficult decision for us as we have to have a very good reason to fund trips.  Our difficulty lies in balancing value-for-money against the educational value of the trip and the longevity of its benefits.

In this special case, Kerry Kent, Assistant Head, explained that their school is in the top 5% of deprivation in the UK.  Many of their children (and parents) have never travelled out of the Watford and many children have never been on a train, let alone to the theatre and many have no more ambition than to “stay at home like my mum”.

Matilda is an ideal show as it will bring their topic work of Heroes and Villains to life and generate enthusiasm for all the arts in school.  However, what really swung the decision for us was that the trip will show the children there is a huge, exciting world of opportunities beyond South Oxhey and hopefully fill them with aspirations.

As Kerry put it:

The trip will be remembered by the children FOREVER - longevity at its best!!

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