Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Half term highlights across Leeds

Various activities including storytelling, dinosaurs, race horses and the Victorians are all available to entertain the kids this half term.

Head down to Temple Newsam on the 27th October to visit the wonderful house and then move into the Joiner’s shop at Home farm for storytelling. Or later in the week celebrate Divali and put a little light back into the days as the clocks go back, by making your own lamp.

Under 11s can bring Dangerous Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils back to life in free arts and craft activities at Leeds Musuem from Tuesday 27th October to Thursday 29th October, 11am -3.30pm, while older learners can enjoy Casey Orr's beautiful new photography exhibition Comings and Goings, which is on for the whole of the half term week.

Or race down to Lotherton Hall on Tuesday 27th October to Sunday 1st November and enjoy activities related to the ‘Racing Gascoignes,’ including having a go at creating your own horse racing flick book and designing and making your own horse racing hat.

Don’t forget the Big Draw at Armley Mills, where a wool felting workshop will be taking place on 27th and 28thOctober 2009, where children can learn the art of wool felting. Also on Thursday 29th October there will be a Free Alternative Energy Family Fun Day, where families can take part in the Solar Challenge. Make a solar train or wind turbines and watch the demonstration from the Curator of Industrial History and also get the chance to see the newly restored water wheel.

For those who like dressing up, you can become a Victorian for the day at Abbey house Museum on Thursday 29th October where you can learn all there is to know about how the Victorians lived.


Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“There are some really great activities on offer over half term and enough range of choice to suit every child’s interests.”


Notes to editors:

Booking for some of the above events is advisable. Please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries for more information.

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Three schools commended for international partnership work

Three schools and Education Leeds have been commended by the British Council for successful partnership work with international schools.

Cookridge Primary School was commended in the primary school category of the Link2Learn awards while Karen Kershaw, of Bramley Primary School, and Liz Merriman from Brigshaw High School, were commended in the international coordinators category.

Education Leeds was commended for its work to promote international learning in schools across the city.

The annual awards celebrate excellence and innovation in international school partnerships and the three schools and Education Leeds had to submit information about their work and highlight the impact it has on the international curriculum in schools.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“There is some excellent work taking place in our schools to improve and develop international partnerships with schools around the world. These commendations recognise these efforts and Cookridge Primary School, Bramley Primary School, Brigshaw High School and Education Leeds should be proud of their achievements.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“An international dimension to education really benefits children and young people. There are some very successful partnerships between schools in Leeds and schools abroad and we regularly host international visitors who come to Leeds to find out more about the brilliant work which goes on here.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high and the three schools and everyone at Education Leeds who works on international schools’ partnerships have done brilliantly to receive these commendations.”

The commendations follow recent visits to the city by international school visitors from Finland, Sweden and China who were in Leeds to strengthen relationships and find out more about the city’s international schools work.

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