Age 4-7 winners 2010
Henry Hinde Infant School, Rugby
"Pupils can share their objects with their parents or carers to complete their homework in a fun and creative way"
What was the project?
Henry Hinde’s school council’s project is called Shared Learning. Henry Hinde pupils decided to become effective partners in their education by transforming the nature of their homework. The school council had identified that many pupils didn’t find homework as exciting or creative as school work so they came up with the idea of a homework sack. This is how it works: Each pupil in the school is provided with a homework sack. Each week the teachers fill each sack with something to inspire the pupils so that they can use different skills at home to contribute to the thematic projects they are working on during school time. Pupils can share their objects with their parents or carers to complete their homework in a fun and creative way. ‘Shared Learning’ has been running for over a term and has generated some incredible projects such as Tourist Guides, Shoebox Explorers and Bean Allotments.
What did the project change?
All pupils of Henry Hinde now think that home learning is much more fun because they can do it in their own way and spend much longer on it. They also enjoy working with so many different people on their projects such as parents/carers, siblings, grandparents and even neighbours!
What did the judges say?
The judges were impressed with how the school council had been committed to solving a problem that affected everyone in the school and with how creative their response was to making homework fun and inclusive.