Friday, 12 October 2018

Planning your October half term fun?


There are some spooky happenings all across Sheffield this October half term - have you planned your holiday fun yet?


The October Children's University Passport to Learning newsletter which includes details of activities across Sheffield happening during the October half term is now available! Click HERE or the link on the side of these page to start planning now!

Children and young people who take along a Passport to Learning will be able to earn additional CU credits at these activities. There's also a list and contact details of our validated Learning Destinations.


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Sheffield CU - How does it make a difference?


It's here, it's here! We are very pleased and proud to share with you the 2017 ‘Sheffield Children’s University – How does it make a difference?’ report which provides detailed evidence of the positive impact being part of Children’s University in Sheffield makes.

Any school, or Learning Destination will tell you that being part of CU and being celebrated and rewarded for taking part in out of school activities makes a real difference. Here in Sheffield, we do lots of work looking at the impact of participation in these activities, through lots of data analysis, but also through case studies and evidence collected from schools, providers, parents and the children themselves. With over 40,000 children and young people in our city with CU credits, we have a lot of information to work with!


This report builds on our previous analysis and includes a detailed look at the impact of participation in CU activities on achievement, attendance and progress, as well as anecdotal evidence of impact through a number of case studies. It includes a detailed look at new performance measures as well as examining the impact on the most vulnerable children and young people in the city and progression routes for post 16 students.

And the results are overwhelmingly positive! Click here to view the full report: https://tinyurl.com/SheffieldCUImpactReport2017


Friday, 3 August 2018

Sheffield Bricktroplis Trail - Collect CU credits for taking part!

Are you ready for Sheffield to be transformed into a city of Lego bricks this summer? We are so excited about Sheffield Bricktroplis, which will be taking over the city centre between 4th -17th August and has been brought to you by the fab team at Sheffield BID!

One of the fantastic activities on offer is the Sheffield Bricktropolis Trail, a stunning spectacle featuring 20 world landmark models, plus a custom model of Sheffield’s own City Hall. Expect to see some of the world’s most famous buildings, including the Shard, the Arc De Triomphe, Big Ben and the Empire State Building across the city.


The good news is that children and young people who have a Passport to Learning will be able to collect CU credits for taking part in this trail by filling out our special activity sheet and returning it to the Sheffield CU Team! There are 3 CU credits on offer for every child who takes part in the trail AND completes the Sheffield CU activity sheet! You can download a copy of the sheet here: https://tinyurl.com/SheffieldCUBricktroplistrail and it also includes the Bricktroplis trail map too!

Trail maps will also be available at the Crucible Theatre Box Office, the Winter Garden and other trail venues or you can simply download one online. The trail officially starts at 9am on Saturday 4 August to 4pm on Friday 17 August.

Please be aware that you MUST complete the Sheffield CU activity sheet in full as well as take part in the trail to earn CU credits. This MUST be returned via post to the Sheffield CU team to be awarded credits. Happy Lego hunting!





Friday, 27 July 2018

Sheffield CU Festival of Fun 2018

Spotlight on...


And we shine our final CU Festival of Fun spotlight on...

The Great Outdoors!

Foresteers Forest School

Rohan and the team join our CU Festival of Fun for the first time this year with Foresteers, and their activities promise to be lots of fun!  Each session will provide children with an opportunity to use a flint and steel to make a flame and light a fire, use natural resources to build a shelter, and use tools to make craft items.  What’s not to love?!




Sessions are for children aged 5-11 years and will be run as follows...

·         Tuesday 31st July, 9.30am-12.30pm, Glen Howe Park, S35 0DW
·         Tuesday 31st July, 1.30pm-4.00pm, Glen Howe Park, S35 0DW
·         Thursday 9th August, 9.30am-12.30pm, Glen Howe Park, S35 0DW
·         Thursday 9th August, 1.30pm-4.00pm, Glen Howe Park, S35 0DW

Contact Rohan for more information and to book your place on 07835 284996.




Wonderful Wincobank Hill


Penny Rea Projects join us once again for a family ramble through the ancient woodlands on Wincobank Hill, to be rewarded with a magnificent view right across the city, from the Iron Age Hillfort.  But along the way, you’ll have the chance for some craft, construction and cooking on a camp fire! 
Sessions will be run as follows…

All are for ages 4yrs+ and families, and you should meet at Upper Wincobank Chapel

·         Wednesday 1st August, 10.00am-12.30pm
·         Wednesday 1st August, 1.30pm-4.00pm
·         Monday 6th August, 10.00am-12.30pm
·         Monday 6th August, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Contact Penny for more information and to book your place on 07980 143776 (TEXT PLEASE).



Zesty Nature Crafts

Our friends at Zest will be delivering a nature crafts session during our CU Festival of Fun programme this year.  A variety of crafts such as bug hotels, plan sculptures, leaf printing and bird feeders are just some of the activities to keep your young ones entertained.  Weather depending, this will be a great opportunity to get out and about into the local green spaces.



You can find this session as follows…
·         Wednesday 8th August, 2.00pm-3.00pm, Zest Leisure Centre




For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: www.tinyurl.com/festivaloffun2018


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Sheffield CU Festival of Fun 2018

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For our fourth article this week, highlighting the work of the Learning Destinations delivering our CU Festival of Fun activities, we're shining our Sheffield CU spotlight on...

Sports and physical activity!

Get your skates on!

But if you don’t have your own, don’t worry, they have some you can borrow!  We welcome back the Sheffield Wildcats Roller Hockey Club once again to Festival of Fun, who will be delivering a session aimed at beginners.  The fun, safe activities will help children become independent and proficient skaters, as well as the basics of hockey.  Equipment will be provided but you’re welcome to take your own roller skates if you have them.
The Wildcats can be found at the following session…
·         
      Monday 30th July, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE
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*PLEASE NOTE: this session time/date is the CORRECT information and has been revised from those printed in the Festival of Fun leaflet due to a change after printing.

Contact them on 07961 192322 for more information and to book your place.



Fun and games at Zest

For the first time, we welcome Zest to our CU Festival of Fun programme, who will be running a session of multi-sports.  Fitness, coordination and teamwork across a range of sports will be sure to keep the children busy and having fun all at the same time! There really is something for everyone at this session.




You can find Zest activities at the following session…
·         Friday 27th July, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Zest Leisure Centre
Please contact Zest on 0114 2702040 to book a place and for more information.



Martial Arts Taster

Our friends at Academy of Self Defence are back one again! Their fun introduction to martial arts will teach children and young people what a martial art is and how training in one can help them to develop even more transferable skills.  The sessions includes practical activities but not throws or falls – but if you’re interested in taking your new learning to the next level, why not join their club for more sessions throughout the summer and beyond?
You can find Academy of Self Defence at the following sessions…
·         Saturday 28th July, 12.15pm-1.15pm, St Oswald’s Church Hall, S7 2DL
·         Saturday 4th August, 12.15pm-1.15pm, St Oswald’s Church Hall, S7 2DL
Contact Garry on 07738 909125 for more information and to book a place.



Japanese martial art joins the Festival of Fun

Joining us for the first time, we welcome Aikido Club Sheffield to the CU Festival of Fun.  Although they run regular clubs in the Japanese martial art for children of all ages (and adults), they have chosen our event to launch their brand new session – just for older girls! Join them at their own club for a fun intro session to learn about sparring and falling safely so why not give it a try? Perfect for the ‘physical’ element if you’re working towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award too!

Find them at the following sessions…
·         Saturday 28th July, 2.00pm-3.00pm, Kyogikan Dojo, S1 4GT
·         Saturday 11th August, 2.00pm-3.00pm, Kyogikan Dojo, S1 4GT
Contact them on 07946 435785 to book a place and for more details.



Girls’ Football

To keep the World Cup momentum going, we welcome back Charnock Ridgeway Junior Football Club to Festival of Fun once again, as they deliver football skills sessions just for girls.  Whether you’re an experienced tacker, sharp shooting scorer or just want to improve your kickabout skills, then join them for their sessions which are guaranteed to be full of friendship, football and above all – fun!
Their session will be run as follows…
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       Saturday 4th August, 10.30am-11.30am, Sheffield Springs Academy
No booking required, just drop in!



Yoga fun and games

Join us in welcoming From Small Seeds to our CU Festival of Fun for the first time this year. They’ll be delivering four sessions for children of different ages throughout the programme, each designed carefully to introduce the benefits of yoga – movement and control, controlled breathing, imagination, posture and balance…as well as some fun games!





Their sessions will run as follows…
·         Tuesday 7th August, 11.00am-12.00pm, ages 4-9 years, Hillsborough Library
·         Thursday 9th August, 12.30pm-1.30pm, ages 4-9 years, Stocksbridge Library
·         Friday 10th August, 2.00pm-3.00pm, ages 4-9 years, Walkley Library
·         Friday 10th August, 4.00pm-5.00pm, ages 9-12 years, Hands on Health, S6 4JL
Contact them on 07840 147463 for more information and to book a place.




For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: www.tinyurl.com/festivaloffun2018



Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Sheffield CU Festival of Fun 2018

Spotlight on...


Throughout the week, we're shining our Sheffield CU spotlight on the different types of activities available, and the wonderful Learning Destinations who are delivering our CU Festival of Fun activities.  Our third spotlight of the week shines on...


Arts and crafts!


Our friends at Ignite Imaginations are working with us again on delivering exciting arts and crafts activities across the city.

Join them at five sessions across the city, and take part in exciting, arty activities. From being a super sculptor to creating beautiful canvases, and creating mini zines to perfect pebble art!

You can find Ignite Imaginations at the following places…

·         Friday 27th July, Creative Canvases, 10.00am-12.00pm, Central Children’s Library
·         Tuesday 31st July, Creative Canvases, 10.30am-12.30pm, Woodseats Library
·         Friday 3rd August, Mini Zines, 1.00pm-3.00pm, Ecclesfield Library
·         Monday 6th August, Super Sculptor, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Totley Library
·         Wednesday 8th August, Perfect Pebble Art, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Park Library


Call them on 0114 268 6813 to book a place and for more information.


For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: Festival of Fun 2018



Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Sheffield CU Festival of Fun 2018

Spotlight on...


For our second article this week, we're shining our Sheffield CU spotlight on...


Something a little different!


Treasures and Trails of Sheffield Hallam

Sheffield Hallam University have once again developed a wonderful trail around their central campus buildings.  Their art-themed treasure hunt will give families a guided tour of the most interesting and exciting parts, but you’ll be able have a go at some interactive challenges.  Although the trail starts during the CU Festival of Fun, it runs throughout the summer, so plenty of time to have a go - Friday 27th July to Friday 24th August (Mon-Fri only), 9.00am-3.00pm, starts at Owen Building, City Campus, Howard Street, S1 1WB

But that’s not all – Sheffield Hallam University are holding their Family Fun Day once again on Friday 27th July – a fun packed day of interactive activities including arts and crafts, competitions, experiments, sports and the launch of the treasure hunt as above.
·         Family Fun Day, Friday 27th July, 10.00am-3.00pm, Hallam Square, Howard Street, S1 1WB

      No booking required for these activities, but you can contact them on 0114 2554899 or 0114 2254873 for more information.



The Science of Sweets!
For the first time, we welcome Fun Science – Sheffield, to the CU Festival of Fun programme.  And what an entrance! Join them at their sessions to learn all about the science of sweets.  Guaranteed to be lots of fizzing, bubbles and fluff, children will learn lots in a fun environment, and will bring home their learning to show off in the kitchen!

Find them at the following sessions…

·         Saturday 28th July, 10.30am-11.30am, Centre in the Park, Norfolk Park
·         Thursday 2nd August, 10.30am-11.30am, Southey Library
Contact Fun Science on 0114 2638550 to book a place and for more information







Nee-nahhh, nee-nahhh!

Due to the popularity of our sessions in February, our behind-the-scenes tours of Sheffield fire stations are back! Once again, join the fire fighters as they give you a guided tour of the fire station, the fire engines and all of their kit, uniform and equipment.  Fingers crossed they don’t receive an emergency call during your visit, you may even get to squirt the hoses!
Visits to the stations are as follows…
·         Tuesday 31st July, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Rivelin Fire Station (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS FULLY BOOKED)
·         Wednesday 1st August, 11.30am-12.30pm, Lowedges Fire Station
·         Friday 3rd August, 10.30am-11.30am, Birley Moor Fire Station
·         Tuesday 7th August, 10.30am-11.30am, Parkway Fire Station
·         Wednesday 8th August, 10.30am-11.30am, Elm Lane Fire Station (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS FULLY BOOKED)

PLEASE NOTE: due to the popularity of these tours, you will only be able to book a place if you HAVEN’T already been on one of our Fire Station tours in February.
Booking is essential: please call 0114 2813761 to book a place and for more information.



For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: www.tinyurl.com/festivaloffun2018