Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New term, new award certificates!

As the new term begins, we are really excited to announce that the CU Trust have created new Award Certificates which we will be using from September onwards! 


They have been updated to a more modern design and have a lovely foil imprint that reflects the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. We will continue to use the national framework of awards so there is no change in terms of award intervals (30hrs = Bronze, 65hrs = Silver, 100hrs = Gold etc), it’s just the design of the certificates that will change. 


These certificates will now be presented at all our award ceremonies and used for Bronze and Silver certificates, replacing the previous format. We hope you like them as much as we do!


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

We did it!- Maintaining our Advanced Quality Award


We have achieved another important milestone here in Sheffield and we can’t wait to share the news!

Some of you may be aware of the QiSS (Quality in Study Support) Awards. For those who haven’t come across it previously, QiSS is a national quality assurance framework that schools and learning organisations can utilise to demonstrate that they deliver high quality provision that makes a real difference to children, young people and families.

The achievement of the three quality marks demonstrates excellence in a variety of areas including raising attainment and achievement and engaging learners with a variety of needs. The Sheffield CU team previously received Advanced status (the final level of a 3 step award system) back in June 2014 after a very rigorous external validation process. In order to maintain our Advanced status which expired after 3 years, we were tasked with building another portfolio which provided evidence of how we have continued to develop a high quality service. We also demonstrated how we developed our Advanced practice even further by leading training and strategically supporting our area of work at local and national levels.

Both Helen and I were overwhelmed with the fantastic feedback we received from our recognition meeting, which was more of a celebration of our work. We were praised on providing a ‘wonderful portfolio’ which was full of ‘outstanding evidence’ of all our work. We are very proud to have maintained our status at Advanced, showing that we are indeed making a real difference to all those involved in Children’s University here in Sheffield. We have found the QiSS process so valuable in informing our development and allowing us identify and address gaps in our provision.

Achieving this award would not have been possible without the help of our critical friend Anita de Brouwer. And also a BIG thank you to all of our schools, Learning Destinations, partners and parents/carers for being so instrumental in the development of CU here in Sheffield and helping us grow such a fantastic project. We couldn’t be more proud!







Wednesday, 26 July 2017

CU Festival of Fun 2017 Spotlight on…

Something a little bit different!

Treasures and Trails of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University have developed a wonderful trail around their central campus buildings. Not only will the trail give you a guided tour of the most interesting and exciting parts, but you’ll be able to help solve the mystery of the stolen treasures and landmarks of Sheffield! You’re in luck as the trail starts during the CU Festival of Fun, but runs throughout the summer, so plenty of time to help solve the riddle.


But that’s not all – Sheffield Hallam University are holding their Family Fun Day on Friday 28th July – a fun packed day of interactive activities including arts and crafts, competitions, experiments, sports and the launch of the treasure hunt as above.

  • Friday 28th July, 10.00am-3.00pm, Hallam Square, Howard Street, S1 1WB (Family Fun Day), all ages welcome
  • Friday 28th July to Friday 25th August (Mon-Fri only), 9.00am-3.00pm, 5-13 years (and families), starts at Owen Building, City Campus, Howard Street, S1 1WB
No booking required for these activities, but you can contact them on 0114 2552130 for more information.


Kung Fu, Dance and Games – all from the wonderful Chinese heritage

Our friends at the Sheffield Star Mandarin School join our CU Festival of Fun for the first time this year, and their activities promise to be bright, colourful and lots of fun. Whether it’s Chinese kung fu, Chinese dance or traditional Chinese games that you’re interested in, no need to worry – you can do all three, or any combination you like!

Their activities will be running for a full week, and no previous experience is needed. Why not give them a try?

You can find their sessions below…
Contact them on 07846 262870 to book your 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 2017






Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CU Festival of Fun 2017 Spotlight on....

Music, Dance and Drama

Dance, dance dance!

The wonderful Hype Dance are joining us once again as part of our Festival of Fun. Their four sessions all promise something different – from street dance and acro, to musical theatre dance, and a workshop based around the amazing musical Lion King. Some of these sessions are booking fast, but why not contact them to secure your place now, or find out about their regular activities?

You can find Hype Dance at the following sessions…
Contact Hype Dance on 0114 2758503 to book a place and for more details.

Street dance, Matilda and Cheer dance – Three Cheers to Amanda Holland!

Amanda Holland School of Dance join us for the first time this year, delivering three fantastic workshops spread across the city. Whether you’re into street dance, musical theatre such as the smash hit Matilda, or Cheerleading is more your thing, then there is a session for you.

You can find them at the following sessions…


Contact them on 07778 894860 to book a place or to find out more.

Noodle Performance Arts – the one to watch!


Yes, parents and carers can actually watch the results of this workshop, through a short performance at the end! Join Noodle for a fun and lively performance arts session based on a top musical, delivered at their base in Beighton, Sheffield. You can be guaranteed a great hour of activity, all resulting in a performance to be proud of.


Find Noodle’s session as follows…
Contact Jess on 07821 887073 to find out more and to book a place.


Fun theatre workshops for everyone!

Our friends Razzamataz Theatre Schools – Sheffield join us once again to deliver some fun, lively workshops based on musical theatre. A mix of singing, dance and drama, your kids are guaranteed to have a razztastic time. There’s even a workshop delivered especially for children with special needs. In response to feedback from previous events, we’ve worked with Razzamataz to deliver something which will be a carefully delivered session, suitable for children aged 6-10 years with a range of SEN. Extra, specialist staff will be on hand to ensure your child can join in the Razz magic. Contact them to discuss your child’s needs if you feel this session would be suitable for your child.

Find Razzamataz at the following places…
Contact Razzamataz to find out more and book a place, on 07979 189177

For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: Festival of Fun 2017





Friday, 21 July 2017

CU Festival of Fun 2017 Spotlight on…

The Great Outdoors

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 den building and even toasting marshmallows on the fire. An opportunity not to be missed – children MUST be accompanied by an adult.



Sessions will be run as follows…

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

  • Monday 31st July, 10.00am-12.30pm 
  • Monday 31st July, 1.30pm-4.00pm 
  • Wednesday 2nd August, 10.00am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 2nd August, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Contact Penny for more information and to book your place on 07980 143776.

For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: Festival of Fun 2017 


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

CU Festival of Fun 2017 Spotlight on...

Sports and Physical Activity

Martial Arts Taster

Our friends at Academy of Self Defence are back! 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 session includes practical activities but not throws or falls this time – 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 session…
Call Garry on 07738 909125 for more information and to book a place.

Shuttle cocks and swords!

Arches Sports Partnership join CU Festival of Fun for the first time this year and are offering taster sessions in both badminton and fencing – sports which are less commonly available to children and young people.

Come along and try these sports for some guaranteed fun, and if you’re hooked after just a few hours, they’ll be able to give you details of where you can carry on your new found hobby!

You can find Arches Sports Partnership delivering their Festival of Fun sessions as follows…

Call them on 07585 604220 for more information and to book a place.


Kids climbing the walls?

They won’t be climbing the walls through boredom here as Awesome Walls return to our Festival of Fun once more, delivering their fabulous taster session in indoor rock climbing. No experience necessary as they’ll be taught how to identify some of the essential equipment, and name some important climbing knots before having a go at climbing and descending their amazing walls.



They’ll be running their sessions as follows…

  • Wednesday 26th July, 2.00pm-3.00pm, Awesome Walls (Sheffield) Centre, Garter Street, S4 7QX
  • Tuesday 8th August, 10.00am-11.00am, Awesome Walls (Sheffield) Centre, Garter Street, S4 7QX

Call them on 0114 2446622 for more information and to book a place.


Girls’ Football

We kick off (sorry!) our Festival of Fun with Charnock Ridgeway Junior Football Club to Festival of Fun for the first time this year, 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 sessions will be run as follows…
  • Saturday 22nd July, 10.30am-11.30am, Lightwood Playing Fields, Bowman Drive, S12 3LH
  • Saturday 29th July, 10.30am-11.30am, Lightwood Playing Fields, Bowman Drive, S12 3LH

Contact them for more information and to book a place, on 07957 449572


Specially Designed Multi-Sports Sessions

In response to feedback from families of children with special educational needs, we have worked in conjunction with our friends at the English Institute of Sport (Sheffield). As part of the CU Festival of Fun, they will be delivering 2 sessions of multi-sports activities, specifically for children with a range of special needs – physical and/or learning difficulties. All the family can get involved in these exciting activities in a fun, relaxed and informal setting. And when we say multi-sports, we really mean it! They will include badminton, table tennis, quick cricket, football, boccia, boxing, volleyball and athletics – phew!


Sessions will run as follows…
  • Monday 24th July, 6.00pm-7.00pm, EISS, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA
  • Monday 7th August, 6.00pm-7.00pm, EISS, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA

Contact them on 0114 2235620 or email charlotte.rogerson@siv.org for more information and to book a place.

Clowning around sound like your thing?

Then try in the sessions being run by Greentop Circus as they join us once again for our Festival of Fun. They’ll be helping you master the art of tight wire walking and flying through the air on a trapeze (first session only), but if you prefer your feet to stay firmly on the ground then have a go at juggling, plate spinning, flower sticks, diabolo and even trying to ride a unicycle (all sessions)!

You can find Greentop Circus events on the following dates…
  • Monday 24th July, 10.30am-12.00pm, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS
  • Monday 31st July, 10.30am-12.00pm, Ecclesall Library
  • Monday 7th August, 10.30am-12.00pm, Manor Library

Contact Greentop on 0114 2448828 for more information and to book a place, or visit www.greentop.org/youth-circus






Get your skates on!

But if you don’t have your own, don’t worry! We welcome back the Sheffield Wildcats Roller Hockey Club to Festival of Fun, who will be delivering two sessions 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 sessions…
  • Monday 24th July, 10.30am-12.30pm, Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE
  • Monday 24th July, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE
Contact them on 07961 192322 for more information and to book your place.

For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: Festival of Fun 2017




Friday, 14 July 2017

CU Festival of Fun 2017 Spotlight on…

Gaming

Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Our friends Imagination Gaming are back with their fantastic workshops under their motto – Learn to Play, Play to Learn.

The guys bring along an amazing range of board games, card games and strategy games which are sourced from all over the world! We guarantee there’ll be at least one you’ve never seen before and a few familiar favourites too. 

Sessions are designed to be relaxed, social, friendly and for individuals and families too.

The Imagination Gaming sessions are simply drop-in so no need to book, and they’re happening all over the city during the CU Festival of Fun. Make sure you pop along to at least one of them!

You can find their sessions as follows…

· Saturday 29th July, 9.30am-12.00pm, Ecclesfield Library

· Saturday 29th July, 1.00pm-3.00pm, Darnall Library

· Friday 4th August, 10.00am-12.30pm, Greenhill Library

· Friday 4th August, 1.30pm-4.30pm, Jordanthorpe Library

· Monday 7th August, 10.30am-1.30pm, Crystal Peaks Library

· Monday 7th August, 2.30pm-5.30pm, Highfield Library

Contact them for more information on 07957 449572. No booking required – just pop in! Children aged 5-8 MUST be supervised by an adult.

For details of these and all the activities as part of CU Festival of Fun, please download the programme here: Festival of Fun 2017