The Allenton Hub has been working with Merrill Academy, Allenton Sure Start Centre and most recently Shelton Junior School.
Young people have been given the chance to try out some new skills and perfect existing ones. There has been lyric writing and producing, communal drumming, circus skills and trying out some making techniques with textiles and clay. Hula hooping with Rochene Johnston was a massive hit with the pupils at Shelton Juniors – who knew there were that many tricks to learn! Allenton has got some real sports stars too, with boxing, basketball and football skills being shown off.What's On What's On
Basketball at Merrill AcademyMore
Trailblazers ran Monday afterschool coaching sessions from November 2018 to March 2019 for pupils aged 11-14 at Merrill Academy.
These sessions were a chance to develop new skills, work as a team, be active and have fun.
Boxing Coaching at Merrill AcademyMore
Ozbox delivered boxing coaching sessions to year 8 boys at Merrill Academy from November 2018 to March 2019.
The boys learned about fitness, boxing techniques and discipline and the coaches noted how much they had improved by the end.
Taster Sessions at Merrill AcademyMore
In November and December 2018 a range of taster sessions were organised for students from Year 7, 8 and 9 at Merrill Academy to offer a break from normal period 5 lessons which can often be a difficult time to for students to focus. They had a go at lyric and music production with Baby People, circus skills with Kay Monrose from Deda, and coding and robotics with Derby Museums. The students worked well together in these sessions and many said they wanted to carry on afterwards.
Circus Skills at St Martins Community CentreMore
We made contact with a young carers group through Allenton Sure Start Centre. The group wanted the opportunity to try out some new activities so we arranged a circus skills session with Kay Monrose from Deda during February half term at St Martins Community Centre. 15 children from all around the city took part having a go at plate spinning, diablos and much more.
February Half Term Family Activity Day at Allenton Sure Start CentreMore
In February half term we ran a Family Activity Day at Allenton's Sure Start Centre offering a range of sporting, making and musical activities to enjoy. These included basketball from Trailblazers, communal drumming and face painting from EMMCAN, penalty shooting practice from Derby County Community Trust and textile making activities on the Derby Museums' Makory (the Mobile Museum of Making).
Music and Lyric Production at Merrill AcademyMore
From February to April 2019 Baby People ran a 7 week Music and Lyric Production workshop in which 14 students created their own music, wrote their own lyrics and then went on to digitally produce the track. They learned new skills in lyric writing, how to layer music and use digital music tools.
Easter Holiday Family Activity Day at Allenton Sure Start CentreMore
During the Easter Holidays we returned to Allenton Sure Start Centre due to high demand. This time we offered a different range of activities including football tricks from Derby County Ladies, circus skills from Kay Monrose from Deda, digital music from Baby People. We also invited back EMMCAN as their communal drumming proved to be incredibly popular at February half term. The Makory from Derby Museums also returned, this time taking inspiration from the humble wheel to offer a range of activities inspired by clocks, toy cars and green energy.
Year 3 and 4 Enrichment Day at Shelton Junior SchoolMore
We were very excited to start working with Shelton Juniors. To kick start their involvement in the project we planned a day of activities for Year 3 and 4 pupils. There was ceramics with Derby Museums, hula hooping with Rochene Johnston from Deda, Gymnastics with coach Corrina, and lyric and music production with Baby People. The pupils rotated around throughout the day so they could have a go at everything. There was a lovely atmosphere in the school, with excited noises coming from different rooms and teachers smiling as they peered in through classroom doors.
Year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day at Shelton Junior SchoolMore
With SATs out of the way it was time for Year 5 and 6 to have some fun. They made coil pots with Derby Museums, hula hooping with Rochene Johnston from Deda, Drummercise with 24Fit, and lyric and music production with Baby People. The pupils rotated around throughout the day so they could have a go at everything. The pupils were incredibly enthusiastic and showed lots of talent and perseverance!
We were so luck with the weather – it was hot and sunny, more like June than February.
Trailblazers helped young people improve their hoop shooting techniques and EMMCAN facilitated communal drumming and did some incredible face painting – there were a lot of little tigers running around! Derby County Community Trust brought their MASSIVE goal for people to practise penalties and there were some impressive skills on show. Derby Museums brought the Makory, which is an ex library bus now kitted out to showcase objects from Derby’s making heritage with opportunities for people to make things for themselves. At event people could have a go at different textiles making techniques, from pompoms to hand looms and an addictive form of braiding called kumihimo. We welcomed about 60 people, most of which stayed for the whole morning
A range of organisations came in including Deda, Sport Forum, 24Fit, Baby People and Derby Museums. The pupils had a go at hula hooping, gymnastics, drummercise, lyrics and beats production, and ceramics.
Many pupils were a little unsure to start with, but they soon got the hang of different skills and then they were flying! They all showed tons of enthusiasm, creativity and initiative to learn routines, develop their own lyrics and artistic skills.
Pupils learnt some very cool tricks with Rochene Johnston from Deda who showed them the proper way to hula hoop and how to make the hoop travel around the body.
The Year 3 and 4s showed their flexible and agile side with gymnastics coach Corrina and the Year 5 and 6s make a wonderful racket drumming to music while dancing!
The guys from Baby People got the pupils thinking of fun and catchy rhymes to match their beats. While Mel from Derby Museums got them really concentrating on making pots fit for a Bronze Age burial.
We can’t wait to go back!