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Inspire2Learn Animated Film Academy

What a BRILLIANT day!

On Thursday, we had a fantastic day with Year 1 children from Lockwood Primary School and Year 2 children from Chaloner Primary School. During the day, the children made letters write themselves and paper faces move. Finally, the children worked as a team to design a background, create characters and make a short, animated film. 

Have a look below at the films they made:

Lego & Scratch Day at I2L

Hummersea Primary School enjoyed a day of Lego & Scratch programming fun with Dr Alan Brennan @DoctorABee today using Wedo2.

Lego bricks
Photo by Rick Mason on Unsplash

Quotes from the days feedback forms:


“I liked how we learned without it being boring.  I really enjoyed this whole session!  I enjoyed making all the models move and making them emit sounds!  Would recommend!”

“I enjoyed the way we learned without it being boring.  Would recommend everyone who loves Lego”

“It was really fun!  I loved the food”

“I enjoyed building models and all of it I enjoyed.  I relieved my stress”

“I enjoyed it he taught us in a very fun way”

“I enjoyed it because you made us laugh”

“I enjoyed everything there because I found out how to make Lego move and how to make our own models”

“I loved coming to do the Lego challenge.  I recommend lots of other people to come it was amazing”

“I enjoyed using the computers to programme the model.  The food was 10/10 and the worst part was at the end going home.”

“I enjoyed making the crocodile because we used our imagination and the coding was brilliant.  My favourite part was how we learned about different scientific parts”


“The children had a great day.  Worked well in groups and were excited for the whole day”

“The children and adults had a fantastic day building and coding and problem solving.  The link to biodiversity and environment was great for the children.”

“Brilliant day – appealed to all children and all abilities- made children think but the activities were achievable”  

Lego at I2L

St Margaret Clitherow’s enjoyed a day of Lego learning and fun with Dr Alan Brennan @DoctorABee today using Wedo2, Boost and Dash robots.

Lego Day I2L
I2L Lego Day

Quotes from the days feedback forms:


“I really enjoyed the education, learning and imagination.”

“I enjoyed seeing our creation work.  It was also fun building and programming it”

“I enjoyed programming and engineering with the Lego”

“I enjoyed every bit of being here.  I had fun because I love Lego”

“I really enjoyed today.  I also really enjoyed making the models with my partner”

“It was the best day ever when I built a helicopter.  Thank you!”


“The session was  paced just right.  We had a mixed ability group who all managed well and had a really enjoyable day”

“The children were very engaged for the whole of the session.  Although I thought it was challenging they all succeeded and had lots of fun”

“A great start/introduction to the session.  Children had lots of opportunity to build and become familiar with the Lego sets and ipads.  Thank you so much!

Understanding the importance of literacy in Redcar and Cleveland

Understanding the importance of literacy in Redcar and Cleveland

GreenPower Electric Cars at Croft Racing Circuit!

Hello everyone and welcome to the GreenPower Electric Car Competition day at Croft Racing Circuit. There will be live broadcasts throughout the day until the rain comes! See below for updates…

Well overall the teams have had a fantastic day. The schools that we managed to support for the event: Wynyard Primary, St Augustine’s, Hartburn, St Joseph’s, Ormesby and Beverley all had a fantastic experience and some of them even won some prizes (see pics below). The challenge of building a car, even with a set of instructions, is not an easy one let alone trying to ensure everything is optimised for the fastest result. However, with a bit of help from people like Amit the cars pretty much all ran today and ran well. It is unfortunate that there are at least 10 cars sat in cupboards in schools today, doing nothing but perhaps we can get some of them up and running next year. For now enjoy the clips and images from today.

And the race round the whole track clips are below:


GreenPower Electric Car Race Day Live from Croft Circuit

What an amazing day we have had at Croft racing circuit. We had Goblin and F24 racing on different parts of the site and due to our involvement with the Goblins this post will focus on them.  9 of the 15 cars we have helped support were able to attend today and despite many worried emails in the last few weeks all of them came ready to race. Well except one who came to build! And build they did with the help of 5 fantastic students from Kings Academy. Thanks to their help the car is now ready to race next week as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

But back to today. The live streams below hopefully show the fantastic range of schools form all across the North East who took part. It is very clear from watching the children, by chatting to them, their teachers and their parents, this project has had a profound effect on confidence, motivation and self esteem. Not everyone is a driver, a pusher or a mechanic. St Therese of Lisieux brought a whole class who had been involved in work on the car in one form or another and it was lovely to see parents turn up as well. So very well done everyone, feel free to scrub through the streams below to see if I inter=viewed your team or filmed your slalom. The final stream includes the long race at the end round the whole circuit which was genuinely nail biting at the end. I also have the car numbers and the winners of each prize from Greenpower. When I get chance in the next few hours I will post them along with some additional pictures. Streams are below for now though.

Roll on Newcastle next week….

So, hot off the press, we had 24 teams racing today and awards were given out not just for their performance on the track but also:

Best Presented Car: St Joseph’s Hartlepool

Best Bodywork: Hartburn Primary School

Greenest Bodywork: Skerne Park Academy

Spirit of Greenpower: RGS

Portfolio: Normanby Primary School

Track results…


1st Barton C of E

2nd Rosewood Academy

3rd Roseberry Academy

Drag race

1st Mowden (Mobile)

2nd St Joseph’s Hartlepool

3rd Dame Allan’s Junior Team 1

Sprint Race

1st Roseberry Academy

2nd Moden (Mayhem)

3rd St Joseph’s Hartlepool

And the overall winner across all competition is….

St Joseph’s Hartlepool

Huge congratulations to them. It might be cheesy to say but everyone was a winner today. The enthusiasm, excitement, skills and attitudes that you could see from EVERY team, EVERY school and EVERY child confirmed for me why we put so much effort into helping support the teams. Events like this will stay with those children all of their lives.





Animation Day 23rd March 2018

Well, what a day that was! Two schools joined us at Inspire to Learn and became film makers for the day. We started the day with pieces of paper and we made them move!!! We created a word out of random letters. Then we were off. Vegetables of all colours came to life across a variety of backgrounds. What was the secret? Using the Stop Motion animation app, working as a team and having great creative skills. Oh and by the way, we are only Year 2.

After a lovely lunch, thank you Yvonne, we were creating films from scratch. Our own backgrounds and characters and not forgetting to storyboard before we start any filming.


Making our own animations:

Here they are!!

Scrapheap Challenge November 2017

What another brilliant day! Ormesby, St Clare’s and Oakdene Primaries brought some of their younger children today and their ideas were absolutely genuis. More than that though, their team work, planning and workplace care were absolutely outstanding. I was shocked to pop into the auditorium just before lunch and see how complete many of their projects already were.

The aim of these days is to face children with a challenge, work in a team effectively and present their findings. The children today achieved that brilliantly. Here are some of the images from the planning stage:

And here is the video of their presentations: