The HOTS Report now launched

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The HOTS (Hold on to Sports) project, run by London charity Together We Create this week publishes a research paper which finds the impact on learning and interest in sports across the London Borough of Hounslow has exceeded all expectations. In addition, perhaps the most impressive outcomes were to do with motivation, self esteem and impact on team spirit in a completely inclusive environment, which built up over the three years. Some of the key findings are detailed below.

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With the London 2012 Olympic Games for inspiration, the HOTS project has brought inspiration to over 6,000 young people from across the London Borough of Hounslow by learning from peers and sports professionals across its three year programme. Creating an opportunity for young people to experiment and take risks, to try new ways to express oneself creatively regardless of age, physical and mental ability or experience, and resulting in tangible outcomes. One teacher comments, “Best motivational topic ever done… covering ICT, speaking and listening, presentation and co-operation far better than anything else…

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Since the project, two schools have now integrated the HOTs programme into their curriculum and the interest in sports, the shift in pedagogic thinking and use of ICT in the classroom is a lasting legacy of the project. As a teacher from Springwell Junior School explains, “This is without doubt a learning initiative that has had more impact on learning than any other I have ever taken part in… there was a real buzz in the classroom  with full on learning involving organisational skills, multi tasking and deadlines.”

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The outcomes:

  • There is good evidence of substantial value added gains in English and ICT
  • There is good evidence of a substantial shift in interest from a sport-based computer game to participation in real sports in schools and leisure centres.
  • There is good evidence that the young people have learned new skills – teamwork, leadership, responsibility and self-direction
  • Information Technology – there are demonstrable significant gains in ICT confidence and expertise, for example: podcasting, green screening, filming and editing, web page development, use of forums to share ideas; creative use of PowerPoint and use of Web 2.0 tools to upload creative work and to find and download free software to create the work.
  • Involvement in the HOTs resulted in a number of schools discovering new interest in sports,  and offered the opportunity to champion pupils already pursuing sports at a competitive level.
  • Enabling diversity – enabling for example, a school for severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties to take part and work alongside a gifted and talented group of individuals

As part of the project, Dr Jo Armitage carried out a research study interviewing all participants both teachers and youth works and also the young people participating on the programme. 

The positive outcomes will now act as a legacy in the schools and youth centres as the teachers and youth workers continue with the programme, impacting on their approaches to teaching and learning.

Download the HOTS Final Report 2012

For more information please contact Sarah Hoyle:  sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

London 2012 Almost Here!

IMG_2675With just days to go before the Olympics begin in London, we at TWC HQ would like to thank everyone who has made the HOTS such an amazing project so far.

From the teachers who spent hours creating posters, videos and all manner of brilliantly creative things with their children to the parents who have been actively involved in our community workshops.

Our star teachers include; Mary @ The Cedars. Niall, Toby and Nigel @ Chiswick School. Eliie, Rabia and Sinead @ Cranford Primary School. Margaret and Natai @ Heston School. Jenny and Steve @ Hounslow Manor School. Phillipa and Angela @ Isleworth and Syon School. Tanya @ Our Lady and St John’s RC School. Virginia @ Rivers Academy. Rebecca @ Southville Junior School. Becky, Kalmani and Russell @ Spring Grove. Karen and her amazing SEN Team @ St Marks School. Kanwaljit and Harrison @ Wellington Primary School and Carly @ Westbrook School.

We must also thank our judges, Mary Macloed MP, Cllr Lin Davies, Simon Rees from London 2012 and Natasha our fab TWC Judge. Not forgetting the 500 or so young people who have joined us this year.

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Final thanks must go to, Judith Pettersen, Jamie McArthur, Kate Lawton, Katherine Heely and Harmandeep Singh along with Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Cllr Lilly Bath,Cllr Theo Dennison, Cllr Sachin Gupta and the IBAC Councillors all of whom helped us fund the HOTS this year. Other HOTS legends include Kirsty from Octink, The Events Team at Lampton Conference Centre, Chris@ Griffin Park Learning Zone, Jenny @ Hounslow Youth Service, Pete @ Sports Impact, Jo @ Fushion, Suki @ Short Breaks, Amy and Melissa @Laing, Jini and the Hounslow Comms Team and of course the amazing TWC Collective.

Ahead of us is three weeks of brilliant TWC Summer holiday workshops and not forgetting the HOTS Paralympic Project in September. Make sure you keep in touch. Sarah

sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Photo of the TWC at UKIE Next Generation Launch courtesy of Will Strange

Free Summer Holiday Workshops – Now Fully Booked

Library - 702Our free HOTS Summer Workshop Program is open to all children who live or learn in the London Borough of Hounslow

Our Digital Art Workshops

Using digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop we will help the young people who join us to create outstanding pieces of artwork for the Hounslow Community. The children will learn how to cut, crop, layer and add effects to their work. They will learn how to use digital cameras and how compose eye-catching pieces of digital artwork.

The best pieces of work will be printed on 1m x 1m metal panels that will be hung in various locations across the Borough. Examples of the work we helped the children produce in previous digital art projects can be found in Brentford outside Morrisons on Brentford High Street and on the Bolierhouse of the Ivybridge Estate in Isleworth.

Date Age Group
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st July 7-11 Year olds
Wednesday 1st & Thursday August 7-11year olds
Tuesday 7th Wednesday 8th August 10-14 year olds

Our Smoothie Workshops

For two days we will be concocting the most amazing smoothies Hounslow has every produced! The children will work in teams to design and market their smoothies. They will think about the best fruit to use and what makes their smoothies extra special. Along with eating copious amount of fruit the young people will get the chance to play games, have a tour of Griffin Park Football Club (tbc) and a watch the Olympics live on a big screen.

Date Age Group
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th August 7-11 year olds

Our Animation Workshops

The stop frame animation is a great but simple way for young people to get involved in film making. The animations are collaborative and easy to create, and also a lot of fun! They can take anything from 20 minutes to 2 hours to create, depending on the commitment level of the young people. It also allows children to play with roles such as performer, director, and creator in a playful non-pressure setting.

During our two day workshop the team from Together We Create will be experimenting with lots of different types of animation, experimenting with sound, shapes and lighting.

At the end of the workshop we will invite all the participants to take their animations home and will upload the best animations onto  the TWC Youtube site.

Date Age Group
Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th August 10-14 year olds
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August 7-11 year olds

All workshops take place at Griffin Park Learning Zone, Braemar Road, Brentford , TW8 0NT between 10am-2.30pm

Places are limited so early booking is recommended

To book a place please email Sarah Hoyle on sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Summer Shake Up: HOTS Summer Half Term 2012

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Like being creative in the kitchen? Enjoy art and design? Like to dabble in all things digital?

The HOTS is the London 2012 Inspire Project for Hounslow and we are celebrating all things creative, digital and tasty!

Over the Summer half term holiday Together We Create are joining forces with Griffin Park Learning Zone to provide 30 young people aged between 7-13 the chance to take part in a FREE Two-Day creative jamboree to celebrate London 2012. We will be making smoothies, getting involved in the Hounslow Bunathon and will be dabbling in Digital Art.

The workshops will take place at Griffin Park Learning Zone, Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June 2012 between 10am – 2.30pm

The two day event is free. To reserve a place please email Sarah Hoyle sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk . Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You must be able to attend both days of this two day workshop.

For more information about The HOTS project check out the Together We Create  website www.togetherwecreate.org.uk

The HOTS Summer Program 2012

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The HOTS Summer Program  2012

This summer Together We Create are pulling out all the stops to give young people who live and learn in Hounslow the best summer ever.

Our program of free events include:

Lets Get Digital Community Days – your chance to be an Olympic hero thanks to some good photos and cleaver Photoshop!

Come and join in the fun with us at:

  • The Isleworth Fayre on Sunday 6th May
  • Isleworth Library on Saturday 12th May, 11.30 – 3.30pm
  • Studio 700 (Hounslow Library) 13th May, 11.30 – 3.30pm
  • Isleworth Library on Saturday 19th May. 11.30 – 3.30pm
  • Studio 700 (Hounslow Library) 18th May, 11.30 – 3.30pm

More dates to follow

We are also embarking on a Buntathon! We are aiming to produce 1km of Bunting for Hounslow. We are asking all schools in the borough to spend just an hour designing pennants, which will be part of the mega bunting extravaganza. We have produced a very simple and useful tool kit for schools which is easy to follow and can be emailed to you. Once the bunting is completed it will be hung in open spaces throughout Hounslow. This project is absolutely free to take part in.

Other events include: The HOTS  Final for Schools – 12th July, Hounslow Schools Torch Relay -25th July, Summer Holiday HOTS Workshops 30th July – 15th August.

For more information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Project Coordinator on sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Mary Macleod MP and the Blueberry Blaster!

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On Thursday 1st March Mary Macleod MP visited Isleworth and Syon school to sample some of West London’s finest Smoothie creations.

10 Boys from Year Eight are currently working thought the tasks and challenges that the HOTS project has in store. Today the boys investigated food groups as part of the Dietician section of the HOTS project and  before the Smoothies began flowing from the blender a very vibrant discussion was had about good and bad foods.

Next week the boys will be looking at the work of the trainer and I am told learning all there is to know about BMX Biking !