Education Partners

The Prince’s Teaching Institute

‘Play’ is an important part of our vision and values at Launceston Primary School, as it is in the other Primaries within our Trust.

Recently, Mrs Kerr was a virtual Development Partner at the Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) Primary Leadership National Conference. At the Conference, Dr Kathy Weston gave a keynote presentation on the importance of play, especially in the current climate after the lockdown conditions children have faced for the last year. The conference gave Emma the opportunity to reflect on ‘why’ we do what we do in our schools. Simply put - it is about igniting a passion and curiosity for learning, discovery and adventure in our communities and the world around us.

We hope this video explains why we will always put an emphasis on play at Launceston Primary School and why we felt it was vital to include the word ‘play’ in our motto:

Nurturing curious minds to learn through
adventure, play and exploration.

Mrs Kerr's Role within the PTI

Mrs Kerr is the South West Primary Hub lead for the PTI where her role is to facilitate high-quality, subject based professional development for teachers in this region - tailored to the needs and requirements of the schools in the Hub. The Hub currently consists of 22 schools across the South West. We have many exciting partnerships with a wide range of educational settings and these relationships are essential for ensuring that we remain outward facing and that we are supporting the development needs of all of our staff, children and their families. We will share more details of these partnerships in the coming months.

Greenpower

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity with an outstanding track record in kick starting careers in engineering. They help unlock potential and spark enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the excitement of motorsport. Emma is a Trustee at Greenpower after being invited to join the Board following 10 years of involvement in this project within her classroom curriculum.

All children at Launceston Primary School will design, build and race an electric kit car, a Greenpower Goblin, by the time they leave Year 6. Our Multi Use Games Area will more than likely be transformed into a race track and our pupils will develop the skills of problem solving, resilience and team work during this hands-on practical element within our curriculum.

Our partner school Egloskerry has been involved with the project for 12 years and take part in regional and national race events. The Gathering of Goblins at the famous Goodwood Motor circuit is one of our annual flagship events.

Immersing children within a STEM experience, whilst still enabling creative processes ensures that the core knowledge in these areas is applied and deepened. The journey to succeeding in a project like this starts from Reception, for example with loose part play, exploring, finding out 'how things work' and social development.

Tinker Time - STEM isn't just for older children!

STEM – plus the Arts for STEAM – are crucial to children’s learning and our future. But how to get your younger children interested? Here are some ‘tinkering’ ideas you could try with pre-school age children:

Create a Rain Cloud in a Jar: This fun and easy experiment demonstrates how rain forms in clouds, a natural project for children who are always curious about the sky and everything that falls from it.

Build an Apple Boat: Learn how to build an apple boat and set sail for the open seas (or nearest bathtub).

Dissect a Flower: Children are naturally curious about their natural surroundings. This flower dissection lets them dive right into the natural world around them, including a little botany, or plant science.

Build a Better Bridge: Use recyclables and household objects to see who can build the strongest bridge.

'Ice Melt': Demonstrate “change of state” by melting ice with salt. Fill a bowl with water, and let it freeze overnight. Add a few drops of liquid colour if you want to. Remove the ice from the bowl and place on a tray. Simply shake table salt over the ice and watch the magic happen.

Play with Baking Soda Science: A little baking soda and vinegar can open a whole world of fun to budding scientists. Cover the bottom of a foil tray with baking soda. Fill an ice cube tray with vinegar - for extra fun you can add a drop of food colouring to each compartment. Using a dropper or pipette watch the baking soda fizz and froth in a chemical reaction.

Turn Water into a Walking Rainbow: This activity covers all your hands-on-STEM bases: squirting colour, pouring water, making observations, and predicting outcomes. It also looks really pretty, drawing the eyes of little scientists.

Create Your Own DIY Tinker Kit: Although there are plenty of fancy, STEM boxes for sale for children these days, you can actually make your own for very little money, or using household items. Bring it out on any rainy day, or to create an impromptu screen-free moment with your children.

Bachelor's Hall

Bachelor’s Hall is our Trust’s residential accommodation on Dartmoor. We are so fortunate to have this incredible asset for our pupils to use, and we want to ensure that they all get the chance to experience it. It provides an opportunity for young people in our Trust to experience being in nature and the outdoors. In an environment which is so unique, vast and staggeringly beautiful, pupils can explore the remote landscape, whilst only being 45 minutes from home.

Using our established outdoor instructor networks, we can provide our pupils with a range of outdoor and adventurous activities, in a safe environment where they can roam, be free and develop skills of independence and resilience.