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Think together, talk together


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Think Together Talk Together – Lorna Chappell and Linda Bankier

Case study of a Berwick Children’s Centre Family Learning Course, focusing on developing family communication skills through museum objects.

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Think together, talk together

  1. 1. THINK TOGETHER, TALK TOGETHER<br />BERWICK PILOT<br />JUNE 2011<br />Lorna Chappell – Adult Learning and Community Involvement Co-ordinator<br />Children’s Centres North<br />
  2. 2. Why this partnership?<br /><ul><li>The Berwick area in North Northumberland has a small population due to its rurality
  3. 3. Local organisations have learnt to think outside the box and work in sometimes unexpected partnerships to reach as many participants as possible
  4. 4. Museums and Libraries need families with young children to know that they will be welcomed and that there is fun to be had for all age groups
  5. 5. ‘Hello Year’ and Early Years ‘Chatter Matters’
  6. 6. Wider Family Learning as a vehicle for the partnership</li></li></ul><li>Who became involved and how?<br />Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums<br />Northumberland Adult Learning Service (Family Learning) <br />Berwick Library <br />Berwick Records Office <br />Sure Start Children’s Centres North <br />Heatherslaw Mill <br />Berwick Barracks Museum <br />
  7. 7. Before you start-planning!<br />Meetings x 2 to:<br /><ul><li>Decide on Dates
  8. 8. Book Venue
  9. 9. Book Facilitator/s
  10. 10. Book Childcare provision
  11. 11. Book transport for trips
  12. 12. Book in with chosen venues for trips
  13. 13. Discuss the order of events
  14. 14. Produce Lesson Plans
  15. 15. Create any handouts required
  16. 16. Create marketing
  17. 17. Look at legalities and policies – Enhanced CRBs, hot drinks </li></li></ul><li>Our Group<br />We had a very diverse group of learners made up of<br />Vulnerable families within the Sure Start system and<br />Families from further afield – Belford – 14 miles away<br />2 x families from the Scottish side of the border<br />Originally 5 x adults<br />Originally 4 x children<br />Last session 7 x adults<br />Last session 7 x children<br />We removed the transport barrier at Sure Start by reimbursing bus fares<br />
  18. 18. How it looked<br />Week One-Parents and children together at Children’s Centre<br />Topic – Families and Food<br />Resources – Box from records Office<br />Flour –based foods<br />Photographs<br />Dressing up clothes<br />
  19. 19. Week Two - First Visit!<br />Heatherslaw Mill<br /><ul><li>7x parents and grandparents
  20. 20. 6x children
  21. 21. The miller
  22. 22. 10 mins-Simple things for discussion e.g. Trap doors, big sacks of grain, cogs of the mill
  23. 23. 20 mins-paddling pool filled with grain (as popular as any sand pit!)
  24. 24. 10 mins-mill stones – everybody got to try
  25. 25. Museum shop
  26. 26. Bags of flour and oats to take home</li></li></ul><li>Week Three – Toys and Games<br /><ul><li>Resource box of toys, books and games from parents’ era e.g. Sindy, Barbie, My Little Pony, Annuals, Hopscotch-anything to get people talking
  27. 27. Very old toys to look at and discuss
  28. 28. We played games
  29. 29. Listened to stories</li></li></ul><li>Week Four – Second Trip<br /><ul><li>Met in town
  30. 30. Visited the Museum
  31. 31. Had a drink and a biscuit
  32. 32. Walked to the library
  33. 33. Had a story
  34. 34. Looked at books</li></li></ul><li>Week Five-The Seaside<br /><ul><li>Resource box with old local seaside photos, shells, sand, buckets and spades
  35. 35. Dressing up clothes like Edwardian bathing suits
  36. 36. Talked about things from the beach and what you might do at the beach now e.g. Sun cream, ice cream, umbrellas etc.</li></li></ul><li>Week Six-Beach Party<br /><ul><li>Treasure hunting
  37. 37. Sand Castles
  38. 38. Picnic
  39. 39. Fairy House Building
  40. 40. Paddling
  41. 41. Having Fun Together</li></li></ul><li>Evaluations from the Pilot-1<br /><ul><li>Professionals found that:
  42. 42. Parents need it to be crystal clear that they are to talk to their children about what is happening not exclusively each other
  43. 43. Half an hour is a good (safe!) length of time in a museum or mill setting for the under 5s age group</li></li></ul><li>Evaluations from the Pilot-2<br />Parents said that:<br /><ul><li>They really enjoyed the course
  44. 44. It should be on in the afternoon as many children are at pre-school in the morning so couldn’t join us
  45. 45. They hadn’t realised how much free stuff went on in the library for kids
  46. 46. They were surprised at how much the children got out of the museum and that they would go again with older siblings
  47. 47. They liked showing their children toys and other old things from the resource boxes
  48. 48. They loved the dressing up with the children!</li></li></ul><li>Evaluations from the Pilot-3<br />Children said:<br /><ul><li>Don’t want a book-but ended up glued to the story
  49. 49. Can we do baking? (We said ‘no’ but maybe it’s an idea for something else in Family Learning)
  50. 50. Didn’t know what flour was or what it could be used for
  51. 51. Loved the Beach Party!
  52. 52. Wanted to come back again</li></li></ul><li>The Way Forward<br /><ul><li>We will incorporate this kind of learning into courses which already run in our area
  53. 53. We will continue to work in the partnerships we have formed
  54. 54. Children can join us for 2 or 3 of the sessions in future
  55. 55. We will offer the course during afternoons
  56. 56. Sessions will last about one and a half hours as two is too long for the children
  57. 57. We will ask the adults to make rough notes in a ‘chat log’ to raise awareness of communication with their young children
  58. 58. We are thinking of inviting adult participants to come along and do a memory board of the course as a craft exercise and a reinforcement/reminder (and a bit of fun!)</li>