Chatteris students get a visit from Honda’s ‘School of Dreams’ team

HONDA’S ‘School of Dreams’ team visited Cromwell Community College in Chatteris to provide a free two-day ‘thinking skills’ workshop for children aged nine to 13.

The School of Dreams programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams and taught skills and strategies to help turn their dreams into reality.

It was developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts as part of Honda’s commitment to giving back to the local communities in which it operates.

Pupils from Manea Primary School, Somersham Primary School, Cavalry Primary School in March, Lionel Walden Primary School, Glebelands Primary School and Kingsfield Primary School, both in Chatteris, and Thomas Eaton Primary School in Wimblington also attended the workshop.

Nicola Le Good, from Cromwell Community College, said: “It was fantastic to see pupils from Cromwell and our partner schools working together on two days of inspiring activity.

“They worked well in teams and came up with lots of new ideas to help us all achieve our dreams... no matter how big or small.”

Over the last four years, School of Dreams has been delivered in more than 140 schools across the UK, directly engaging around 7,000 students and educators. Additionally almost 8,000 further students and educators have engaged indirectly through a ‘cascade’ programme which encourages those who have been involved to pass on what they have learnt to their peers.

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The School of Dreams has been carefully mapped against the National Curriculum’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework. Over the course of the two days pupils experienced all ten of the learning strategies identified in the ‘Leading in Learning’ education initiative. Special care was taken to ensure that all material from Honda was directly relevant to teaching objectives and the framework enables students and educators to cascade the programme once they have taken part.

The workshop was challenging but great fun, teachers and pupils worked at the same level in small groups and learning how to turn their dreams into reality by learning from real life examples of people who have achieved their dreams and developing new skills such as juggling.