Education

Growing Ideas and Wingrave School Partnership

Growing Ideas and Wingrave CE Combined School in Bucks have confirmed a curriculum development and support partnership that will run for the rest of the school year (2012-2013). This exciting new project will see Growing Ideas supporting the planning and delivery of the creative curriculum across all of the year groups for the spring and […]

Growing Homes 2012 Funding in Place

Our partnership for our 2012-2013 Growing Homes project is now in place. This is the start of a brand new and very exciting, four-way partnership project between Growing Ideas Ltd, Southern Housing Group, the Isle of Wight Council and the Hampton Trust. Funding from Southern Housing Group and the Adult and Community Learning Grant Programme […]

Raised Beds for the Ryde Foyer

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today worked with members of the Foyer’s Gardening Club in Ryde to install a set of bespoke raised beds in their gardens. The Foyer provides accommodation and support for young people aged between 16-25 who are in need of housing or are homeless. We worked with the young people […]

Community Training Events

As part of our ongoing delivery of the Growing Spaces project the Growing Ideas community learning team have delivered a series of hands-on soup making demonstrations at venues across the Isle of Wight. Members of the community got the chance to watch the demonstrations and to find out tasty ways to make use of the […]

Growing Ideas and the NHS Change4Life campaign

We ran our first ever day of activities for the Isle of Wight’s Passport2Fun programme. The programme is part of the NHS Change4Life campaign and aims to help children and their families achieve a healthy weight as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. A day of outdoor Survival sessions made sure that everybody concerned got […]

Ryde Summer Fun

Growing Ideas are working in Partnership with Barnardo’s once again this summer to provide a range of educational activities, with a heavy emphasis on fun, in a number of primary schools in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The schools we are collaborating with are Oakfield Primary School, Haylands Primary School and Greenmount Primary School. There are […]

Isle of Wight School Trip Activities

The Growing Ideas primary school team ran our first set of Isle of Wight School Trip Activities today. An exciting morning of adventurous, team-building activities for the staff and 55 children from Worplesden Primary School, Surrey, made this a really memorable day of their trip to the Isle of Wight. All the children and staff […]

Growing Ideas on the Big Screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square

Apparently the Growing Ideas team have also made it onto the big screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square thanks to our creative learning project with Gomer Infants School, Compulsive Productions and Creative Partnerships back in January and February 2011. We haven’t managed to see the video on the big screen yet but if you do please […]

Growing Ideas Business Challenge for 6th Formers

Kevin McNamara of Growing Ideas and Richard Quigley (Corries Cabin, Cowes) went to the Isle of Wight College today to work with a group of 6th form Business A Level students. Kevin and Richard have been assigned a group of budding marketeers who have just three weeks to come up with a real-world marketing strategy […]

West Wight Problem-Solving

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Ways Forward Extended Schools organisation in the West Wight the Growing Ideas team put on a special, Easter holiday,?Problem Solving Challenge Day today. Ways Forward runs the Extended Schools programme for West Wight and brought us in to run a series of challenges designed to test the […]

Growing Ideas New Website

At long last we are testing the new website – please be patient while we discover and work out the bugs!

Building Bridges at Dover Park Primary School

It’s a brand new year and we ran our first school based sessions of 2011 today at Dover Park Primary School in Ryde. A very excited, brilliantly inventive Year 5 class took part in one of our science-technology Bridge Building Challenges. This is just one of a short series of sessions we’re running in partnership […]

More Resident Training

Today we ran our second day of resident training activities for South Wight Housing Association and Medina Housing Association. Our theme was DIY and we covered simple electrical work, smoke alarms, plumbing, painting, wallpapering, shelf hanging and answered a wide variety of other DIY related questions from a large crowd of eager residents. Our focus […]

Huge Raised Bed at Oakfield Primary School

We installed the oversize, double length raised bed at Oakfield Primary School today that we planned with the parents, staff and children earlier in May. Working with families directly in their own homes as well as via their children at school are vital elements to the Growing Spaces project. We also managed to bury our […]

Growing Ideas and Gifted and Talented on the Isle of Wight

Growing Ideas ran the first of our Gifted and Talented days for primary and middle school children at Newport Primary School on the Isle of Wight. The theme for the day was Renewable Energy and two large groups of children took part in a series of problem solving and design challenges focusing on Solar Power […]

Growing Ideas, Growing Spaces and Volunteers

The residents of a sheltered housing project in Ryde were the lucky recipients of nearly 8 tonnes of topsoil and compost today. The team from Growing Ideas, working with a pair of volunteers, shovelled, barrowed and tipped all the soil during a day of unending torrential rain. Despite wearing waterproof tops and trousers Kevin McNamara […]

Growing Ideas & Family Learning at Oakfield Primary School

We delivered a combined Growing Spaces-Family Learning sign-up session (for Growing Spaces) at Oakfield Primary School, Ryde, today. Growing Spaces is a raised bed project delivered by Growing Ideas Limited in partnership with Medina Housing Association. Parents and children watched the Growing Spaces 2008 video before taking part in a series of fun and informative […]

Growing Ideas’ Learning Resources

Growing Ideas, a brand new company specialising in the design and delivery of education and community projects has started to take delivery of a vast range of learning resources. They are designed to support the delivery of innovative learning opportunities in schools and community settings across the Isle of Wight and the south of England. […]

Creation of Growing Ideas Limited

The brand new company, Growing Ideas Limited, based on the Isle of Wight was formed today. Growing Ideas will specialise in the design and delivery of education and community projects on the island and across the south of England. The directors of the new company are Kevin McNamara and Danny Giblin and they report that […]