Week 53 - Kent
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What are they doing and why?
Schools and other settings across Kent are taking part in Week 53s during April 2008 – April 2009. ContinYou calculated the number of hours that, in a year, an average child takes part in Study Support activities and that equates to an extra week a year – hence the term Week 53!
In 2006, one Kent school hosted Week 53. In 2007, thirty schools held their own celebratory week. However, at present, linking to 2008 National Year of Reading has secured nearly sixty settings showcasing a Week 53, spanning over two academic years. This year also sees settings such as PfS and libraries getting involved.
There are numerous benefits to holding a Week 53. Week 53 gives settings the opportunity to celebrate and promote Study Support provision. This can be achieved through publicity, inviting families and communities to join in activities, offering taster sessions, encouraging Governors to become more involved and a whole host of other opportunities.
How are they doing it?
There is no prescribed format for when, where or how the week is held. Settings are encouraged to be as creative as possible. Due to this freedom, settings have been innovative in their delivery of Week 53, in conjunction with the 2008 National Year of Reading.
Here is just a flavour of some of the activities taking place:
- Madginford Infant School is using their Healthy Schools Week to celebrate Study Support. They are doing so through community cooking, reading and writing recipe books and showcasing their existing provision;
- Ryarsh Primary School will be hosting a Creative Week 53 with storytelling, activity and talent days as well as an Artist in Residence;
- All four PfS Centres will be delivering sessions using the inspiration and motivation of sport, culminating in the termly Celebration Evenings. Real Sports Stars will be presenting the awards for their Literacy, Numeracy and other achievements;
- Angley School held a Family Learning weekend which utilised staff from Tunbridge Wells Library to assist in families tracing their Family Trees;
- Walmer Science College will be using the week to make audio and written books for their feeder primary schools;
- KCU will be hosting creative sessions, entitled “Ready, Steady Read!” for KS2 children and their families. They will use their combined talents to produce a poem or piece of prose, in four hours. This process will be supported by a KCU tutor, who specialises in Creative Writing. The finished pieces will be given to the various Headteachers;
- St. Peters-in-Thanet will be developing their reading skills through their Doctor Who club and making The Very Hungry Caterpillar books in their after school clubs.
What impact is it having?
The impact of Week 53 is to:
- Raise the profile of Study Support and 2008 National Year of Reading;
- Celebrate the Study Support provision within each setting;
- Develop and nurture links with the wider community;
- Enrich the experiences of the children and young people in Kent.
How can I find out more?
For more information, email Emma Jenkins (Study Support Co-ordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information, regarding Week 53 both nationally and within Kent, can be found on the ContinYou website (www.continyou.org)