Bright Sparks Homework Club
During the autumn term Bright Sparks took place each Wednesday evening. These sessions were for children and their parents, to receive support in completing homework set by the child’s school. In addition, we offered a range of fun educational activities. The hope is that the confidence gained through attending, will allow the parent to support with homework at other times.
The Bright Sparks sessions were enhanced through our partnering with Brighton University. Students from a variety of courses, attend the sessions as part of their community engagement, which forms part of their academic course.
Through Bright Sparks our desire is that the children are empowered to fully engage with all educational opportunities afforded them, increasing the child’s educational potential and develop positive attitudes to learning. As the parents and children work together the adult-child bond is strengthened as is the respect from the child to their parent. During the sessions relationships develop both intra and inter the families who participate, building social capitol.
Winners of the Santander Student Award for Community Engagement and Volunteering
Personal comments from the end of course evaluations forms
Children were asked - Please tell me what was good and what you enjoyed the most. Also how could I make it better?
· ‘Doing all the activities with new people and making food’.
· ‘I enjoyed more arty crafts!!!’
· ‘I like doing computing with Paddy’.
· ‘I really enjoyed it, I really liked doing the righting and I also liked everyone helping me’
Adults were asked - Any other comments; what worked well, what didn’t work so well and how could I improve the course?
· ‘We enjoyed to come every week, my kids really loved it. All the activities were great. The cooking activities are very helpful to work together as a family. Thanks’.
· ‘I am grateful to Bright Sparks and appreciate all the support. Thank you’.
· ‘It was lovely having this regular time to work with all the children. Especially having the support of the other volunteers, so that I could give my attention while the baby was watched. The children enjoyed all the activities, they were paced well and varied. They also really loved the students from the university, who were very patient and caring and have helped the children to see that this (university) could be part of their learning journey too’.
· ‘Having young adults to help the children is a great energy and I could see they got a lot from being around the children. So it was beneficial both ways. The only improvement in my view would be if it was a little longer, but understand that it is not always possible’.
If you are interested in any of our projects please contact: Julie Warner, Project Manager