Forum Programme of Events
Our programme of events is designed to provide innovative and inspiring programmes for primary and secondary school children from disadvantaged areas through a range of enrichment activities.
Launch Car Challenge
Launch Car Challenge, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is one of our largest outreach initiatives, involving over 600 Year 5 children over an academic year. With 20 teams from 12 different schools, the activity is hosted in our innovative FutureTech building where the students design and produce a car that is launched by compressed air. Their vehicles are raced against the other teams in their group on the day they come to Reed’s. The winning teams from each session are invited back for a Grand Final in the spring term. This programme is supported by the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.
Our annual Fun Olympiad Day involves around 220 Year children from 7 different schools, with activities including football, cricket, golf and tennis. We provide transport and lunch for all the children involved. For some children this is the first time they have seen such a large green space to play in. Schools enjoy a variety of sporting activities, kindly run by partners such as Surrey County Cricket Club, Chelsea FC Foundation, Pachesham Golf Club and Reed’s Tennis School. They provide a wonderful day where children can embrace the benefit of playing sport and perhaps find a hidden talent. At the end of the session all of the children receive a medal to show that they have participated and had fun.
Lego® Innovation Day
Using Lego® WeDo kits in the Innovation Studio of our FutureTech building, the LEGO® workshop day allows Year 4 children to enjoy a Science and Engineering activity run by a LEGO® Professional Trainer focused on designing and creating a working model leading on to programming the model’s movements as part of a story.
Reed’s plays hosts to Rackets Cubed, a UK based charity enabling 20 Year 5 children over a 10 week period to participate in this fantastic programme which aims to enhance the long term achievement of Inner City children.
The children play an hour of racket sports, receive an hour of Education (STEM/maths) followed by a nutritious meal.
The programme’s vision is driven by the increasing evidence that active children have higher school achievement and that nutritious meals improve classroom behaviour.
In the final week of the programme the children participate in a Squash tournament.
Arts Award Day
The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification and is a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts. Pupils from Reed’s host Year 4 children from Primary schools for a fun day of Music, Drama and Art activities as part of their Year 7 pupils’ participation in the Bronze Arts Award. One part of the Arts Award is sharing information and expertise with others, so this activity enables the boys from Reed’s to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the Arts, and show leadership skills in teaching younger children. The visiting pupils rotate round the various activities, providing opportunities to develop knowledge and introduce new art forms.
Drama Workshops for children from primary schools aim to increase their confidence as performers. Usually based around a main production at Reed’s, the primary school children participate in a number of practical workshops. The first workshop develops their use of voice and movement and in the second workshop, they learn how the technical elements of a production are put together and are given an opportunity to operate the lighting and sound equipment. Following the workshops the children perform a short excerpt from the production itself.
Working with another of Andrew Reeds’ charities, Reedham Children’s Trust, we provide GCSE tutoring in English & Maths for up to 15 students from the Oasis Academy in Coulsdon.
This is a 4-day course whereby the students study in the morning, are provided lunch, then partake in various sporting activities in the afternoon, from badminton to golf.
Reed's teachers provide support and Old Reedonians who are currently studying English & Maths at university come back to assist with the tutoring element of this project.
Computer Science and Physics Day
A one-day introductory course for Year 10 and 11 students from partner schools who may be considering studying either Computer Sciences or Physics at A-Level. This is designed for those students who enjoy the subject at GCSE, but think that it would be too difficult at A-Level.
The day gives an introduction to the types of practical work, activities and topics that they can expect to do if they choose to study these subjects at A-Level. There are also presentations from external speakers explaining possible career options available by choosing these subjects.
The Computer Science element is kindly being sponsored by the Exa Foundation.
Taking part in the Forum
If you are interested in registering your school to take part in the Reed’s Forum please register online (insert a link). Once your application has been authorised by the Reed’s Forum team, you will be able to access restricted pages and gain a greater understanding of the Forum activities most appropriate to the needs of your students.
Alternatively, to speak with the team directly please contact us on:
Kathryn Bartram Development & External Relations Director 01932 869025 email@example.com
Ed Whiffin, Events & Outreach Manager 01932 869089 firstname.lastname@example.org