Our Projects: Summer 2018 - Summer 2019
Codi'r To (Raising the Roof)
Established in the belief that children can gain significant social benefits through playing in a musical ensemble. We use music making to build confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children involved, and across their wider communities. It is located in the areas of Ysgol Glancegin, Bangor and Ysgol Maesincla, Caernarfon.
It was decided to hold an after school Jazz Club at Ysgol Glancegin for Year 6 pupils and for Year 7 and 8 pupils at Ysgol Tryfan and Friars who are former pupils of Codi'r To. The Widening Access grant also funded Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen's Samba Club with a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils attending every Thursday lunchtime in the Music Department room at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen.
Ysgol Glancegin Forest School Area project in partnership with Wild Elements
March 2019 – July 2019
The project aimed to improve the confidence of students and teachers to use the outdoor forest school area, to increase outdoor learning opportunities. To achieve this Wild Elements delivered a 6 week programme aimed at helping both the class and the teachers, to see how outdoor learning can be implemented across all ages within the school. During sessions we were able to focus on the development of the site whilst teaching students the importance of correct maintenance of the site, in order for the trees and plants not to be restricted or damaged.
We also worked closely with the teachers to create a plan to ensure all the school had an opportunity to visit the forest school, as well as, making the layout more practical, for the children using the space.
Moving forward we discussed with the school having a wet room shed, to store equipment and tools to make it easier for teachers to run a forest school session.
A Day in the Life of a Marine Ecologist
March 2019 – May
The project consisted of 10 sessions, engaging 258 individuals, including, children, school staff, volunteers and parents/carers. The STEM- based sessions, aimed to teach children about conservation and environmental issues. Children were introduced to activities which reflected those that would be carried out if studying/working in marine ecology. Due to the fact that children were introduced to a higher level than they currently study, they were able to gain confidence in the subject for when/if they look to study the subject later on in their lives.
The children performed activities based on the following topics: plastics, litter, pollution, biodegradable and rare species. Which helped them connect with nature and understand the importance of looking after their environment.
Our surveys showed that 100% of participants enjoyed the sessions, with a 98% increase in knowledge of the topic area. Also 91% of participants had an increased desire towards university study.
The programme has been incorporated into other projects due to the overwhelming success of the initial project. Some of which include: an after school beach club and the addition of Marine Ecologist activities in training programmes and engagement sessions for the most disengaged school children.
Bridges, Buildings and Botanical Blueprints
March 2019-June 2019
The engineering, physics and maths education project consisted of 15 sessions, engaging 2239 children and adults. The STEM based sessions introduced children to engineering activities, such as building scale models, examining the Fibonacci sequence in plants and designing a bridge from natural materials, which reflected those that would be carried out if they were working/studying in the field. Children were taught engineering designs and new terminology. Teaching the children at a higher level than they’re currently studying, ensures that they would have prior knowledge which will build their confidence in the subject.
Our surveys showed that 99% of participants enjoyed the session, with a 95% increase of knowledge of the subject topic. Also 85% of participants had an increased desire towards university study, with 60% of participants changing their minds on not wanting to attend university.
The programme has been incorporated into other projects due to the success of the initial project. This includes: the addition of engineering activities in training programmes for the most disengaged school children, to enhance the knowledge and understanding of physics and engineering.
Ysgol Pendalar Garden area
March 2019 – July 2019
This project worked alongside a special needs school for pupils’ ages 3-18 in Caernarfon. The aim of the project was to teach pupils about horticulture and gardening, by creating a garden and training staff on how to use the outdoor space for learning activities.
Horticultural sessions were delivered to pupils to teach them how to look after and help grow plants. We then worked with the children to develop an accessible area for the class to garden. Students were also taught about health and safety, dynamic risk assessments, how to use tools and equipment effectively and safely. The project was changed slightly, as the area for the native hedging was marked out but due to the difficultly in the terrain and also the exposure to the site it was felt to leave the hedging until the winter months.
Wild Elements has been contracted to continue the management and development of the school grounds.
Blue Skies Inspire Package
The aim of the Blue Skies Inspire Package (BSIP) is to engage with young people from low WIMD (Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation) areas. This is achieved through a series of interactive sessions, focusing on communication, confidence – building and teamwork skills, aiming to inspire young people to be the best they can be and raise their aspirations. The Jon Egging Trust worked with three primary schools, two in Gwynedd and one in Conwy. Each school chose 15 students from Year 6 who they felt would benefit from this programme, schools were advised to select students who fell within one of the following categories receiving free school meals, having special education needs, being a young carer or in care or having experienced trauma. The programmes took place between January and July 2019, with each program having 8-9 sessions, totalling around 25hours.
Art Sessions with Diana Williams
We ran four art sessions (14, 21, 27.03.19 & 04.04.19) with a small group of young people aged 11-15. All participants were either struggling to remain in main stream education, had been de-registered from education or were working towards coming back to learning. Diana Williams ran the sessions over the 4 weeks. Each of the participants were able to experience working with new paints and methods, to help them all learn new valuable skills. The participants were given autonomy on which item they wanted to work on, allowing their artistic flare to flourish and with Diana’s guidance they were able to create fabulous pieces, such as broaches, framed silks and scarfs.
Youth Shedz Blaenau Ffestiniog and Abergele
The following projects commenced in March 2019 and are currently ongoing.
The Abergele Youth Shed We partnered with Itaca who already have a presence in Abergele and identified a building that we could renovate as the Abergele Youth Shed. Youth Shedderz from Denbigh Youth Shed and Colwyn Bay Youth Shed have been instrumental in helping the Abergele group get established. Sessions are held every Thursday, with around 18 attendants. The sessions are always focused on development of the Youth Shed and also with health and wellbeing activities
Blaenau Ffestiniog, was established by a group of youths from the GISDA homeless prevention hostel in the town, they were aided by Youth Shedderz from Abergele and Colwyn Bay. Meetings are held every Wednesday at the GISDA building. Youth shedderz meet to discuss wasy in which individuals can earn their Youth Shedz status and ‘uniforms’
HMP Berwyn Project- contact has been made with the prison for our Shedderz to work with men from the prison to create ‘HMP Style’ clothing. There are currently 40 young people working across the projects.
Electro-Hacoustics – hacking technology to blend acoustic and electronic sounds
5 sessions were held in the month of February, with up to 50 participants, composed of Year 6 pupils from Ysgol y Graig Llangefni, Anglesey. The sessions were led by Jenn Kirby and Simon Kilshaw, in which the main objective was to expose the pupils to the use of technology within electronic/acousmatic music.
The pupils are taught how to use computer and technology to design and sculpt sounds to produce electronic music in a live performance setting, culminating in a live composition at the School Hall, Ysgol y Graig.
Training and resourcing schools to deliver the WHO sponsored Book-sharing programme with parents of 3–5 year/olds
This collaborative project between Bangor University, GwE and the regional School Effectiveness Service was introduced with the aims of promoting positive home/school relationships and to give parents skills to support children’s school readiness, concentration, language development and interest in books. Prof Hutchings oversaw the project and took responsibility for the outcome evaluation and the final report. During the sessions parents receive a different book each week to explore with their children using strategies to promote cognitive development and concentration.