Thursday, January 18, 2018

The amazing Hoodwinked sculpture trail, will be swooping on Nottingham in 2018 from July to September.

The arrival of over forty giant robin statues will see the start of one of the biggest arts events the city has ever seen and we want schools to be a massive part of this! So, we’ve devised Robin’s Tales – an education program which will offer ideas, resources and things to do around Nottingham and in your area looking at literacy, arts and culture and seeing our city with fresh eyes.

Key to the program is schools will be able to have their own BookBench - a metre-long “book fold” bench like these that schools created in Manchester last year - which you can decorate in school and will be displayed as part of the Hoodwinked trail in a community venue like a leisure centre or library. Whilst the large Robins are auctioned off for Nottinghamshire Hospice at the end of the program, your BookBench will come back to school and be an amazing and visually stunning item in your school library or a literacy learning zone as a permanent reminder of the Hoodwinked summer of fun!

There will also be CPD courses for teachers around ArtsAward and ArtsMark – Robin’s Tales is perfect for ArtsAward Explore and we’ll send you a step-by-step guide as support – and world leading workshops from the National Literacy Trust on Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension.

Also in the pack will be ideas, plans and inspiration on how to make your own DIY flock of robins to display, cross-cultural links around rebels, myths and legends looking at cultures and faiths beyond the UK and offers from partners like Nottingham City Libraries, Nottingham City Parks and our charity – Nottinghamshire Hospice. The program is aligned with KS1 & 2 curriculum for English, Art & Design, Science, History, Geography and PE - Plus, non-statutory to all schools subject areas of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. We want it to be value for learning as well as value for money.

The following packages are available:

Reading Robin
A BookBench for your school.
Plus, attendance for up to 2 staff at the information briefing and training event in Nottingham, our bespoke Creative Education Resource Pack and the display of your Book Bench on the Hoodwinked trail in your school’s neighbourhood.
Cost: £250

Wise Robin
As above, plus…
Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension 2-day teacher training delivered in March & May/June 2018 by National Literacy Trust, including membership of the National Literacy Trust until the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
All training to be held at College Street Centre, Nottingham, with lunch and resources provided.
Cost: £700 for one teacher on the training & membership, £300 per additional teacher for the training.

We really hope you want to join us in what could be one of the largest arts events the city has seen. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and, if you want to sign up, just email: gareth@oppnotts.org.uk to say you’re interested. The deadline for schools sign-ups is 16th February and CPD places are limited, available on a first come first served basis. For more on Hoodwinked, please take a look at the project’s website here.

We can’t wait to welcome your school into our flock for Hoodwinked 2018!