Honda’s ‘School of Dreams’ team recently visited Nova Hreod School and Isambard Community School in Swindon to provide free two-day ‘thinking skills’ workshops for 9-13 year old pupils and educators.
The workshops were supported by Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), also based in Swindon, and staff from the company also participated in the workshops along with the students and teachers.
Pupils from Moredon Primary School, Bridlewood Primary School and Oakhurst Community Primary School also attended the workshops, giving children the chance to get to know their teachers of the future and peers from other schools.
The School of Dreams programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams, and teaches skills and strategies to help turn their dreams into reality.
Pictured: Pupils from Isambard Community School, Bridlewood Primary School and Oakhurst Community Primary School with Alison Dowdell from Bridlewood Primary School on the right, and Mrs Kirsty Winnan, Assistant Headteacher, Isambard Community School on the left.
It was developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts as part of Honda’s commitment to giving back to the local communities in which it operates.
School of Dreams helps students and educators discover different, creative and fun ways to learn.
Over the last seven years, School of Dreams has been delivered in more than 200 schools across the UK, directly engaging around 10,000 students and educators. Additionally, the programme has been designed to create an on-going legacy beyond each workshop. Students are encouraged to become ‘Sharers’ and ‘Doers’, by taking what they have learnt and cascading it to others and by organising team projects which aim to change something in their local community for the better.
The programme runs an awards scheme which recognises this sharing and doing, as well as offering financial assistance and a range of support materials. In many cases local Honda representatives have become ‘Mentors’, helping teams of students to turn their legacy projects into reality. It is estimated that to date more than 30,000 further students and educators have benefitted from the cascade programme.
The School of Dreams has been carefully mapped against the National Curriculum’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework. Over the course of the two days pupils experienced all ten of the learning strategies identified in the ‘Leading in Learning’ education initiative.
Special care was taken to ensure that all material from Honda was directly relevant to teaching objectives and the framework enables students and educators to cascade the programme once they have taken part.
The workshops were challenging but great fun. Teachers and pupils worked at the same level in small groups and learnt how to turn their dreams into reality by using real-life examples of people who have achieved their dreams, as well as developing new skills such as juggling.
Liza Mander from Honda, said: “It is great to support the workshops in local schools. To help children understand they can turn their dreams into reality by learning to use strategies in their early lives will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the local community. We believe children and young adults deserve all the help they can get.”
Pictured: Claire Wills, from Nova Hreod School with students from Nova Hreod and Moredon Primary School
Claire Wills from Nova Hreod, added: “School of Dreams has really inspired our students to follow their dreams and to realise that anyone can do anything – even if they are ordinary. The resources and materials supplied were superb and students really enjoyed the two-day event. It brought together students in Key Stage 2 and 3 and they all felt comfortable working with people they had never met before.”
Kirsty Winnan, Assistant Headteacher at Isambard Community School, said: “This has been an extremely worthwhile two days. Children from different schools have integrated beautifully and learned so much along the way.
"Honda has developed a successful model which gives children and educators an opportunity to develop learning and thinking-skills, teamwork, leadership and presentation techniques. This will have a wider impact on their peers in the months ahead.”
For more information please visit www.schoolofdreams.co.uk.