Hull Children’s University London Experience
The East Coast Community Fund provided Hull Children’s University with a grant of £18,430 to deliver a 12-month programme of activities, ensuring children in areas of high deprivation along the East Coast have access to social development programmes that help them develop the skills they need to achieve in adulthood. Working with Primary Schools, local employers and other stakeholders to develop a Children’s University across Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea and Easington, based on the Hull model but bespoke to their needs, demographics and employer profile.
A recent day visit to London, for many of the children, was their first time on a train and to London. After travelling on two trains, the children went on to experience a short ride on the Tube, then walked to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade, 10 Downing Street to see where our Prime Minister lives, then onto Parliament for a special behind the scenes tour learning about what Members of Parliament do, and the three parts of Parliament. They got to sit in the House of Commons and House of Lords to hear the debates, before continuing their tour, hearing about the Suffragettes as they campaigned for votes for women. The children took part in a workshop to create their own law, bringing learning to life.
Then a quick walk across Westminster Bridge to take some photographs of Parliament and other key landmarks before boarding the London Eye. This gave the children an incredible view of London, including Wembley, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Business District, the iconic BT Tower and much more. Following that, a quick pit-stop at the 4D Cinema before choosing some souvenirs and beginning the journey home.
Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY CU said, “Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University is all about raising the aspirations of children and showing them the world of opportunity beyond the end of their street. We provide whole classes of children with experiences that they would not normally encounter, to link the lessons in class to future success and careers by working hard, we demonstrate that anything is possible. It was a complete pleasure taking the children from Quay Academy down to London and seeing their faces as they looked around in awe and wonderment of our capital. Many now want to take their families for a return visit to show them what they’ve seen and are looking forward to exploring new towns and cities.”
Caroline Broadhead, Vice Principal, Quay Academy, David Ross Education Trust said, “The Children’s University London Experience ticked every box for our Year 5 pupils. Most of our pupils had not travelled by train before, so you can imagine the excitement of using the London Underground, watching live action in the Houses of Parliament, being mesmerised by the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, walking the characteristic streets of London to then watch the 4D Cinema and take a trip on the London Eye. The aim of learning outside the classroom is of course to raise every child’s aspirations by opening their minds to new and different situations. This hands-on experience, and others we have been on, continue to inspire our pupils and give them fantastic reasons to aim high for their own success and future.”.
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