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School closures and disruption caused by Covid have meant that creative subjects have taken a back seat for many pupils this year. But, says former primary school teacher Laura Steele, of education experts PlanBee, art matters more than ever. She also has some fabulous free resources for you to use at home with your children
In an increasingly busy school timetable, art can often be overlooked in favour of the core subjects. And in the last 18 months, the Covid pandemic has meant that enormous attention has inevitably been focused on helping children tocatch up on missed learning in core subjects.
But art matters – a lot. Here’s why.
…helps to develop imagination, self-expression and creativity
Have you ever watched a child who is completely absorbed in drawing or painting? Their full concentration is on creating something from nothing, using only their imagination and creativity to express a thought, feeling or idea. This is a skill that we should nurture in all children.
Art fosters experimentation more than many other subjects. It gives children the freedom and choice to create something that is unique to them. Not only is this a healthy outlet for self-expression, but in the world of work skills such ascreativity and innovation are highly valued by many employers.
…helps to develop self-confidence, self-discipline and resilience
As art is less constrained by the curriculum than many other subjects, children are often free to choose the direction they take in class, and ask themselves questions and solve problems as their work progresses. This can lead to a real sense of ownership of what they produce. The artwork does not have to be a masterpiece; the outcome does not matter as much as the skills learnt during the task.
Many children feel more comfortable in art lessons because this is a subject where there is no ‘right answer’. They are free to explore their ideas without the threat of being wrong, and so become more at ease with the uncertainty of not knowing how an activity might turn out. This means children are more likely to experiment and try out new ideas. They are less likely to give up when they encounter a problem or things don’t end up as they had planned.
…helps to develop critical thinking
Art helps children to communicate visually both how they see and experience the world, and how they feel about it. For some children, this may be too difficult to do verbally, but they can achieve it through art.
Discussing the artwork of classmates or those of famous artists helps children to look at the world around them through different eyes. It teaches them that not everyone’s idea or view of something is the same, nor does it have to be.
…aids relaxation and well-being
For many children, art is an outlet for releasing the stress and pressures of everyday life. It is a calming activity that they are in control of.
Creativity has been linked with well-being, and the more children are allowed to explore their individual identity and develop their sense of self, the more content they will be within themselves.
Art holds a very important place in the primary curriculum; it helps to balance the weight of academic subjects and supports the development of the whole child. In an era in which regular testing is used measure and assess children’s progress and development there is a danger that less importance will be placed on the diverse life skills that art can teach them.
As Alan Parker, director of iconic films including Fame and Bugsy Malone, put it: ‘Art in schools shouldn’t be sidelined… it should be right up in the front… art teaches you to deal with the world around you. It is the oxygen that makes all the other subjects breathe.’
To get your children’s creative juices flowing, download these nine great Free resources:
Artwork of the day: https://planbee.com/products/artwork-of-the-day (great for discussion and art appreciation)
Design a book cover: https://planbee.com/products/redesign-a-book-cover
Blank jigsaws: https://planbee.com/products/blank-jigsaws (challenge children to make their own jigsaw)
Design an alien: https://planbee.com/products/alien-designs
Finish the picture: https://planbee.com/products/outer-space-finish-the-picture (space theme)
Minibeast colouring: https://planbee.com/products/minibeast-colouring-pages
Mindful colouring animals: https://planbee.com/products/mindfulness-colouring-sheets-animals
Alphabet colouring: https://planbee.com/products/alphabet-colouring-pages
Space colouring: https://planbee.com/products/space-colouring-pages
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This is on the way through Old Somerby the road chipping store lay-by on the road to Corby Glen. I have emailed the council, how disgusting, it’s all up the lanes too.
Lincolnshire-based youth charity Jon Egging Trust (JET) today launched a free education resource hub, JET Inspired, in partnership with the Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
Aimed at teachers and youth leaders, JET Inspired brings to life the cornerstones of JET’s face-to-face confidence-building programmes through the prism of the Red Arrows, with content focussed on teamwork, leadership, communication and resilience. The digital hub was developed in response to Covid-19 as a way to grant wider access to JET’s unique education programmes.
“As a charity, we work with schools and youth organisations to support young people who may be struggling to stay motivated and focussed at school, often because of the life challenges they’ve faced,” says JET CEO, Dr Emma Egging.
“When the pandemic hit we were suddenly unable to support our students face-to-face so we knew we needed to take an innovative approach to reaching out to existing students as well as expanding our reach to new schools.”
JET Inspired offers access to a series of dynamic behind-the-scenes films which explore how the skills and techniques used by the Red Arrows to deliver their breathtaking displays can be translated into the classroom. Each video is accompanied by free-to-download lesson plans, activities and resources aligned to Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the PSHE National Curriculum.
The digital build was supported by aerospace leaders Northrop Grumman who have also helped deliver inspirational outreach days to local JET students at RAF Waddington since 2014.
“We’re passionate believers in the extraordinary value of keeping young people inspired and engaged in education; a challenge made all the more difficult by the impact of Covid-19 on
children’s lives. As long-time supporters of the Jon Egging Trust, we’re delighted to be backing this important initiative,” says Nick Chaffey, Chief Executive, UK, Europe and Middle East, Northrop Grumman.
During the official launch of JET Inspired at RAF Scampton today, local JET students took part in a series of leadership activities with the current Red Arrows team, before having the opportunity to watch a full practice of the Reds’ new 2021 display.
For more information, visit www.JETInspired.org.uk
Police are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage following a fatal collision on the A607.
The collision, involving a motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta, happened at around 7.55pm on Thursday 10th June between Honington and Barkston. The vehicles were travelling towards Honington.
The motorcyclist, a man in his 50s, sadly died at the scene.
The investigation team would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or any motorists travelling on the road prior to the collision. They would also like anyone to come forward who has dash cam footage at around, or before, the time of collision.
If you can assist with their investigation, please call 101 and quote incident number 490 of June 10th.
Chris Bevan says,
For whoever lost their wallet at the Sainsbury’s filling station this afternoon, I’ve handed it in to the petrol station.
A leading housing provider has teamed up with local art and design students to produce a series of garden structures for a new show home near Grantham.
Longhurst Group, which owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands and East of England, is delivering a 46-home development in Great Gonerby called The Spires.
The Group recently donated £100 to art and design students at Grantham College, while setting them the task of creating sculptures to feature in the gardens of the scheme’s show home.
In total, 11 students took part in the work experience and Chris Parkinson, Head of Sales at Longhurst Group, said he was delighted with the outcome.
He added: “At Longhurst Group, we look to work with our communities and involve them in our developments and activities as much as possible.
“With that in mind, we’re delighted we’ve been able to work with the students at Grantham College and give them the opportunity to have some practical work experience knowing their work would be in the public domain.
“This project has been a perfect example of our community-minded ethos and it’s been great to see the students getting hands on and enjoying the task.
“We’re really pleased with the final results and they look great in the garden of the show home.”
Simon Morris, Course Leader of the Level 2 Art & Design course at Grantham College, said the project has given the students a new sense of confidence.
He added: “The students responded well to the challenge and were very enthusiastic about the task.
“You could tell as the week progressed when they were producing the pieces that they really enjoyed it – they enjoyed the freedom and creativity that came with the brief and were proud to be producing their own sculptures.
“That pride is very evident. Since this work experience finished, they’ve become more confident in their own work which has been a huge positive.
“The fact that the work is going to be in the public eye with their names displayed is fantastic and will really benefit our students.
“This is something people wouldn’t expect from students this age, so it’s been a great opportunity for them to gain some real-life work experience of working to a brief with an external company.
“We’d all like to say thank you to the team who supported us at Longhurst Group.”
Whether planting for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to help tackle climate change, or to improve local areas around the country, the Woodland Trust’s popular free tree pack scheme is now open for applications.
Schools and community groups across the East Midlands are now able to apply for the first 1 million trees, and into 2022 there are over 3 million trees in total available via free tree packs.
Packs are sent out twice a year with November packs now available for order. In Spring the uptake was high across the East Midlands with 35,640 trees despatched for planting. These included:
· 8,490 to 91 schools and community groups in Derbyshire;
· 7,065 to 73 organisations in Leicestershire;
· 6,990 to 111 schools and community groups in Lincolnshire;
· 5,280 to 68 organisations in Northamptonshire;
· 7,380 to 95 groups in Nottinghamshire; and
· 435 to two community groups in Rutland.
The Woodland Trust is delighted to be a leading delivery partner of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) and is offering free trees as an amazing opportunity to help many thousands of schools and communities to plant trees to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the first million trees will be despatched in November during the planting season. The Trust welcomes applications from all types of community groups and people do not have to be part of a formal long-standing group, they just need to have a group name decided before they apply.
The packs, all generously funded by our corporate partners, are available in a range of themes; year-long colour, a wild harvest, or a haven for wildlife. Another contains hardy species which tolerate exposed sites and dry areas or where water collects easily, there is even a working wood mix which could provide wood fuel or willow for weaving.
The packs also come in a range of sizes; 15 (perfect for urban areas and which can be split between neighbours where necessary), 30 (which will create a six-metre hedgerow or a tennis court-sized copse), 105 (enough to cover an area as big as four tennis courts) or 420 (to cover an area the size of a football pitch) and most can create fantastic hedgerows.
We ask that trees are planted on publicly accessible land where possible, with the landowner’s permission, and that groups commit to caring for those trees as they establish and grow. Since 2004 the scheme has helped thousands of groups plant millions of trees and there is support for experienced and first- time tree planters! In Spring this year over 400,000 free trees were sent to keen planters across the country.
Senior project lead for the Woodland Trust Vicki Baddeley said:
“We’re always amazed by the appetite schools and communities have for tree planting. It is such a wonderful thing to do. It is a positive, life-affirming and life-changing action that people can take to mark momentous occasions like The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to help tackle the climate and nature crises, or to make their local areas a bit greener. We find that once people have planted one tree, they usually want to do more.
“All the trees planted have a host of different benefits working hard to lock up carbon, improve soils and water, reduce the flow of flooding, provide shade and shelter, create havens for wildlife and a places to enjoy.”
Woodland Trust tree packs are generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Bank, OVO Energy, DFS Furniture, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Joules, Bank of Scotland and Sofology.
Packs contain a mix of UK sourced and grown native broadleaf species such as hazel, rowan, hawthorn, common oak, silver birch, wild cherry, elder, dogwood and holly.
To order free trees people can visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees before August 25 and they’ll be delivered in November 2021.
All our trees are UK and Ireland Sourced-and-Grown (UKISG). Responsible tree procurement is central to developing resilient woodlands. We currently ship to England, Scotland, Wales and all UK islands apart from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Unfortunately, we are not able to despatch packs to Northern Ireland currently due to the NI Protocol, so we cannot accept applications for Northern Ireland at this time. We are consulting with statutory bodies to try and resolve this issue and we will provide updates in due course.
The caring, compassion and dedication of hospital staff from across Lincolnshire will be recognised at a staff awards ceremony later this year.
Following an extensive longlisting and shortlisting process, the nominations for this year’s United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Awards have now been whittled down to the final shortlist.
This year, the awards attracted over 700 nominations recognising the staff who go above and beyond to provide excellent healthcare to the people of Lincolnshire, particularly after this past year.
Now, all nominations have been considered and the shortlist for each award chosen. In total, 47 individuals and teams who work across Lincolnshire’s hospitals have been shortlisted for this year’s awards in 12 categories.
For this year, there is also an extra category, ‘COVID Hero’ to recognise the individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to care for patients and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone shortlisted will be invited to the awards evening, along with their nominator. The event will take place in September, COVID restrictions permitting.
ULHT Chief Executive Andrew Morgan said: “Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated this year. I believe this huge number of nominations from both patients and colleagues really reflects our exceptional staff who go above and beyond to provide the best possible quality of care to patients.
“After the year we have all had judging has been especially difficult because of the high number of excellent nominations, and as so many people working within our hospitals clearly deserve to be recognised.”
The awards are entirely funded by sponsorship from local businesses and suppliers for which we are very grateful. Any business which is interested in supporting the awards is asked to contact email@example.com or call 01522 573986.
A full list of the shortlisted individuals and teams for each category of the awards is included below:
Unsung hero- non-clinical
Eileen Wood and Eithne McVittie, Housekeepers, Grantham
Fidelma Kenyon, Head of Planning, Capital and Costing, Lincoln
Debbie Natrass, Secretary, Lincoln
Amy Parkin, Children’s Community Team Admin Support, Grantham
Unsung Hero- clinical
Nicola Wakefield, Senior OT Assistant, Lincoln
Abigail Coates, ODP, Lincoln
Yvonne McGrath, Consultant Midwife, Lincoln
Barbara Bambro, Lung Cancer Care Coordinator, Lincoln
Extra mile- non-clinical
Catering teams, Trustwide
Wayne McIntosh, Facilities Manager, Trustwide
Beckie Robinson, Security Training Administrator, Trustwide
Catherine Cox, Administration Assistant, Lincoln
Extra mile- clinical
Pharmacy, Pilgrim and Lincoln
Lauren Olver, Staff Nurse, Lincoln
Tracy Whitworth, Sister, Lincoln
Abigail Elkington, Deputy Sister, Lincoln
Team of the year- non-clinical
Ruth Birkenshaw and Bereavement Team
COVID Wellbeing Team
Emergency Planning Team
Stores Teams, Trustwide
Team of the year- clinical
Intensive Care Unit, Lincoln
Waddington Ward, Lincoln
Ward 7B, Pilgrim
Chair’s compassion and respect award
Natalie Greening, Staff Nurse, Lincoln
Jayanth Sampath, Anaesthetist, Pilgrim
Lorna Revell, Deputy Sister, Pilgrim
Emma Thompson, Ward Sister, Pilgrim
Jason Green, Theatre Service Manager, Pilgrim
Polly Johnson, Ward Manager, Lincoln
Angus Maitland, Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Adele Bogg, Ward Sister, Lincoln
Roger Thorley Great patient experience award
Tina Kovacs, Housekeeper, Lincoln
Clare Green and Hannah Proctor, Midwives, Gainsborough
Patient Experience Team
Dr Sunil Panjwani, Consultant, Pilgrim
Nick Leeming, Head of Emergency Planning, Trustwide
Gemma Smith, ICU Physiotherapist, Lincoln
Leanne Belton, Lead Health and Wellbeing Nurse, Pilgrim
Sam Daniels, Project Manager, Trustwide
Service Improvement, Education and Research award
Alun Roebuck, Consultant Nurse, Cardiology, Lincoln
Carlene Veasey and Gemma Webb, Advanced Practitioners in Ultrasound, Lincoln
Russell Barber, ITU Clinical Lead, Lincoln
Chris Webb, Advanced Clinical Engineering Technician, Lincoln
Volunteer of the year
Will Ballard, A&E Volunteer, Lincoln
Alexander Allbones, Volunteer Porter, Pilgrim
Family Liaison Team
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Please can you publish a post about the 5G May they are trying to install on Barrowby road outside Newton house. It’s going to be 18m high and they have only told 3 residents! Within 600m there is a primary school , children’s nursery and two care homes. We only have until the 10th June to object.
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