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Win £1500 for your next school trip

ST Awards logo 17-18The School Travel Organiser magazine awards recognise the best venues, attractions and companies for educational visits, so that teachers can organise first class experiences when it comes to learning outside the classroom.

The second annual School Travel Awards initiative has got off to a flying start; find out how to cast your vote, nominate a School Trip Champion or enter your school into the 'My Best School Trip' Award at www.schooltravelorganiser.com/bestschooltrip.

You could win £1500 for your next school trip.   Deadline for entries is 7th July 2017.

 

5* for Crunchy Carrot Cafe

We are delighted that the Crunchy Carrot Cafe has maintained its 5* rating in its latest Food Hygiene Inspection.

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Does your school have NQTs this year or joining you in September?, Would ideas for learning outdoors or extra confidence to lead school visits be useful?

Our short residential course on 16th and 17th June aims to help new teachers to realise the potential of the environment outside the classroom as a rich educational resource, and to gain increased confidence for leading and managing learning experiences outdoors. The course will involve a wide range of practical hands on learning activities in the environment and will also provide an opportunity to appreciate the value of learning in a residential setting.    See our flyer for further details.  Prices start at £60 per person for a shared room, all meals included.

Friday Bridge and Elm Primary Schools discover energy at Coldham Wind Farm thanks to Whitemill Local Environment Fund

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Thanks to support from Fenland District Council through the Whitemill Local Environment Fund, classes from Elm and Friday Bridge Primary Schools were able to benefit from environmental education courses led by CEES teachers.    The project offered schools in the Whitemill area visits to Coldham wind farm along with workshops in schools on themes such as renewable energy, habitats, minibeasts, rocks and rivers.   Feedback from the classes was excellent from both children and teaching staff.  “Coldham is a great base for learning outside and the children’s knowledge of Energy has greatly increased.   Since returning to School the children have been able to write a more informed piece on how wind turbines work and the pros and cons of Wind Farms.” Teacher, Elm Primary.  “The visit was really fun.  I can’t pick my favourite section but I learnt a lot.” Pupil, Elm Primary.    Further details on workshops and energy related visits to Coldham are available on our website.

 

Extended Writing in History and Geography

The Course,  Extended Writing in History and Geography will now be held on 8th June 2017 at Burwell House.

This course which will show how careful planning for stimulating geographical and historical enquiries can not only benefit these subjects, but also provide enriching contexts for pupils to enhance their attainment in English, and specifically in extended writing. It will explore how, with careful preparation, the depth and quality of writing can be developed and improved whilst also increasing and securing knowledge and understanding within geography and history.

If you haven't yet booked your place, please visit  http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/learntogether/homepage/32/cees or call us on 01780 782386.

 

 

Book your residential visit for 2017-18!

Our residential calendars for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are now open for bookings and are filling up fast.  Our new pricing structure aims to provide additional flexibility for those schools who may wish to consider a visit at an alternative time of year. 


Our stimulating Winter programmes are tailor made to incorporate suitable seasonal activities, whilst still providing the children with the many benefits of a residential visit.  Schools can benefit from a significant financial advantage by visiting at this time, receiving our lowest residential rates starting at £82 per student for a 3 day, two night stay.

To make a booking or if you have any queries, please call us on 01780 782386 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Green Day, Championing Change - 29 March 2017

Our Special  SCIENCE GREEN DAY for KS2 children will be held at the Stibbington Centre on 29th March. The programme has been designed to support the British Science Week theme of ‘Change’ and to inspire teams of Eco Councillors or School Councillors to begin to work together and return to school enthused with new ideas.  Pupils will take part in three sessions including – Marvellous Minibeasts, Wonderful Willow and Superb Sunlight. See our flyer for further details.  Contact us on 01780 782386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

Events Calendar for 2016-17 updated!

Please find attached our updated CEES Events Calendar 2016-17 along with details of some exciting CPD Events at both Stibbington, Bar Hill Primary School and Mayfield Primary School, Cambridge which may be of interest in the New Year including:

25th January - Puzzles and Problems, Numbers and Nature – Bringing Maths to life in the School Grounds

26th January – Assessment in Geography and History

1st February -  Into Kensuke’s Kingdom, bringing English to life in the School Grounds.

23rd March – Mapping Skills and Digimap

To book visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/learntogether/homepage/32/cees or call us on 01780 782386.

Please also note the following Special Events for Schools and Community which include:

·         Young Leader's Convention

·         Science workshops in schools

·         Green Day

·         Stibbington Annual Quiz

·         Community classes

 

Geography and History CPD Opportunities 2017

Develop your skills with our exciting Geography and History CPD opportunties for 2017.   Click on the links for further details or contact us on 01780 782386.


Assessment in Geography and History - 26th January 2017
Discover what it means to make progress in Primary Geography and History, exploring models of progression and expectation frameworks. The course will demonstrate how these relate to the National Curriculum programmes of study and can help to develop a framework for planning.

The range of purposes for assessment will be established and opportunities to assess at different timescales identified. Participants will review assessment practices and are invited to bring examples of current practice from within school to share with others.

Mapping Skills and Digimap - 23rd March 2017

The geography National Curriculum clearly details the need for pupils to be competent in their use of map skills. These skills should be built upon and developed, from devising simple maps and constructing basic symbols in a key at KS1, to the use of Ordnance Survey maps at KS2.

Extended Writing in Geography and History - 8th June 2017

This course will show how careful planning for stimulating geographical and historical enquiries can not only benefit these subjects, but also provide enriching contexts for pupils to enhance their attainment in English, and specifically in extended writing. It will explore how, with  careful preparation, the depth and quality of writing can be developed and improved whilst also increasing and securing knowledge and understanding within geography and history.

To book your place, contact us on 01780 782386 or visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/learntogether/homepage/32/cees

Stibbington Centre's Annual QUIZ NIGHT - 3rd February 2017

is to be held at the Centre on Friday 3 February, starting at 7.30. Bookings are now being taken for teams of up to 6. Supper is included in the entrance charge of £8 per person. Tel 01780 782386 for more details and to reserve places.

Looking to develop the skills of your Young Leaders?

Our Young Leaders’ Convention will take place at the Stibbington Centre on 30-31st January 2017. This 2 day residential programme is suitable for KS2 students involved in any aspect of leadership at school, for example, Eco or School Council.

The programme includes:

  • Opportunities for team building, problem solving, debating, applying thinking skills and personal development
  • Sharing good practice and networking with other Schools
  • Indoor and outdoor activities, including a visit to the Stibbington Lakes Nature Reserve
  • A chance for children to develop ideas and skills to take back to School
  • Tasty meals provided throughout!

For further information, download our information leaflet or to make a booking call 01780 782386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brilliant Residentials 2016

Five years of research by Learning Away has identified that a well-designed and inclusive residential, with opportunities to experience a wide range of new and memorable experiences can;

  • Improve students’ engagement with learning
  • Support students’ achievement
  • Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being
  • Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation

Read the full report here; http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/

To support the development of these outcomes, for all young people, a campaign for Brilliant Residentials was launched on the 26th September 2016.  Brilliant Residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:

  • Planned so that learning is embedded and reinforced back in school
  • Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Evaluated rigorously
  • Supported by senior leadership and school governors

Cambridgeshire Outdoors, a collaboration of Stibbington Centre, Burwell House and Grafham Water Centre, are supporting the campaign for ‘Brilliant Residentials’.  We want to enable young people in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas to experience more high-quality residentials, which can lead to brilliant futures.

The Learning Away website now hosts over 100 good practice case studies, alongside material to help 'make the case' for residential experiences to school leaders, governors, parents and Ofsted. This includes a series of practical resources for teachers and visit leaders, including planning information, activity ideas, downloadable templates, presentations and films.

Learning Away - Making the case for high quality residential learning

Brilliant Residentials Leaflet

Primary Geography and History Network (GHN)

Support for Geography and History CEES would like to invite schools in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas to subscribe to the Primary Geography and History Network for September 2016 to July 2017.  Details of subject leader meetings in Cambridge and Peterborough, together with information about CPD for Geography and History are now available.

CEES CPD & Events Calendar, 2016 - 17

CEES' Calendar of CPD courses, conferences, community classes and special events for September 2016 to July 2017 is now available.

CPD includes courses for subject leaders in Primary GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY and SCIENCE, and support for ENGLISH and MATHS outside the classroom.