Would you like to contribute to a memorable Summer for children in Hartlepool? We have opportunities to help to support maths and literacy through a games-based club for children!

Are you interested in registering your child? Registration will open soon, via Hartlepool Borough Council’s website – for now you can register your interest here and we’ll get in touch asap.

Gamers@Hart is setting out to reduce two of barriers to progress in school that disadvantaged children face every holiday in maths and literacy attainment, and remaining ‘ready for school’.

We have developed a curriculum that is designed to be fun: a fast-paced, Pokemon or Harry Potter themed set of enjoyable activities to keep children motivated and attendance high. These activities are also chosen to improve confidence in numeracy and use games (like Pokemon) to demonstrate real-world use of maths, or for Harry Potter engage in games and activities that support the development of vocabulary, comprehension, and phonics. Specifically, using a distributed practice approach, we will cycle through a daily focus on specific skills. Children will review these topics with a small amount of direct teaching, consolidated through games that (in our experience) kids love!

For secondary aged children we’re focusing on social skills through games like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer and board games.

We will also be seeking to keep children ‘ready for school’, with the provision of a regular and predicable timetable, practise concentrating and listening, and following instructions. Although there will be an ethos of fun and informality, games (like Pokemon) naturally require a certain level of co-operation and self-discipling to play that will help children remain ready for school in September. Other curriculum areas, particularly literacy, will also be supported during this four week holiday club.

We are working the Hartlepool Borough Council to provide a holiday clubs with the aims to:

  • Prevent further deterioration in maths/literacy amongst the most disadvantaged pupils
  • Increase confidence with numeracy and improve maths skills
  • Keep children ‘ready for school’
  • Develop social skills
  • Develop peer leadership skills
  • Develop problem solving and strategizing
  • Keep children active
  • Provide ongoing inclusion into a new hobby

The primary summer school will include a daily mix of:

  • Learning/playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game or Harry Potter themed games
  • Outdoor games and activities
  • Craft activities
  • Direct maths teaching
  • Other games that provide maths or literacy practice.

The secondary summer school has a greater emphasis on developing social skills though games, particularly using Role Playing Games, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and other games.

We are seeking people who have experience of working with children generally, and co-ordinators who have experience in teaching or tutoring primary age children. We will provide training on the games and curriculum for the summer school.

More information and how to apply:

If you have any questions or queries, or would like to volunteer, you can email PokemonClub@Gamersathart.co.uk

Sorry, the deadline has now passed.

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