Martins Wood is proud to be an official Learning Destination for the Children's University.
The Children’s University is an international critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day. Through participation in these fun, high quality learning experiences they aim to grow inquisitive, confident, independent children and learners.
The Children’s University celebrates achievements and rewards participation through the award of Children’s University certificates at its annual graduation ceremony held locally at the start of each calendar year.
All our after school activities, including those run by outside providers, have been quality approved by The Children’s University as providing high quality learning. A large number of local organisations are also Children’s University Learning Destinations such as Stage Coach Theatre Arts, Top Hat Stage School, Boxcleva, North Central Herts School of Dance and Younique. Many Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides packs are also Learning Destinations. Please visit http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk for a list of other local Learning Destinations. As well as local Learning Destinations there are also a number of national learning partners such as the Forestry Commission and various museums (including Stevenage Museum) and libraries which provide downloadable activities that children can also complete to count towards their certificates. If your child takes part in any learning activities outside of school with providers that are not currently part of the Children’s University please speak to the organiser as it is free and a very simple process for them to validate their activity. If you would like further support or advice please speak to Mr Whiffin who will be happy to help you approach organisations if required.
To take part in the Children's University children will need to purchase a ‘Passport to Learning’. Children will use this passport to collect stamps for every hour of learning they complete. Passports for in-school activities will be stamped at the end of each half term. The cost for each passport is set by the Children’s University at £5.