Beighton Nursery and Infant School

Beighton Nursery and Infant School
Beighton Nursery and Infant School

Children's University 

Essential Life Skills Challenges - Introduced October 2020

Each month, we will share a collection of eight different Essential Skills Home Learning Challenges here, and each one will be matched to one of eight identified skills identified by Skills Builder. These are:

  • Listening

  • Speaking

  • Problem Solving

  • Creativity

  • Staying Positive

  • Aiming High

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

We shared this exciting new information with the children on Monday 19th October '20 by showing them this presentation via a Zoom Assembly.

Here are the latest challenges:


Sheffield’s Children's University (CU) Overview 

We aim to deliver a wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs as we have seen first-hand the benefits extra-curricular activities have on children’s confidence, social skills and self-esteem.

Children’s University is an exciting national initiative that encourages and celebrates participation in a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities outside school hours.

National research shows a clear link between participation in extra-curricular activities and academic progress and attendance.  Research in Sheffield shows that children who participate in out-of-school CU activities achieve better at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, exceeding their estimated results.

Click HERE for a short presentation to find out how it all works.


As an incentive for the children we sell ‘Passports to Learning’ in our School Office for £3.50.  Children can use these passports to collect their learning stamps at all school clubs they attend and recognised clubs and activities in and around Sheffield. 

Participation in clubs and activities will be recorded on a register and the hours will contribute to the Award Certificates and badges sent to them through school.



Each week, during Friday’s Celebration Assembly, ‘George’ chooses a child who is part of CU to spend a few days at home with. George chooses children who have impressed him in all sorts of ways.

The child will keep George until the following Wednesday when they will share during assembly, all the activities - and hopefully Children’s University clubs! - they have done with George.

Part of the fun is adding all the fun they had together, along with pictures or drawings, to George’s book so that there is a lovely record of all his adventures for everyone to see.

Who will be chosen next?!


*Ask your parent/carer for a ‘Passport to Learning’   

*Get your parent/carer up to sign the front page so that you can collect credits at School and Learning Destinations

* Take part in as many learning opportunities as you like offered by the school or in the community


*Purchase a ‘Passport to Learning’ for £3.50 and sign the front

*Recommend good organisations to us if they are not already CU Learning Destinations - we can pass this information on to the CU

* Come along to the CU ceremonies when invited and celebrate your child's success!


You might want to take part in a CU activity when you are on holiday, in another part of the country or in a Local Authority that boarders Sheffield.

All you have to do is download a diary sheet to take with you and complete it at the learning destination of your choice. Don't forget to get your passport stamped too!

When you get home just send the diary sheet(s) off to CU and they will add the credits to your total - simple!

Diary sheets can be downloaded HERE


Here's the latest Newsletter

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