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Primary pupils encouraged to keep learning during school holidays

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‘Make Your World Bigger’ digital challenge aims to prevent ‘summer slide’ and rewards learning with prizes.

Primary school pupils are being encouraged to continue their love of learning this summer by taking part in an exciting new digital challenge.

‘Make Your World Bigger’ is being launched by Discovery Education to inspire children to keep learning and prevent a dip in academic skills during the long summer break.

Children taking part will watch a series of Discovery video clips, collecting fun facts to answer questions along the way. From exploring natural world wonders to discovering new technology, the video challenge will take children on a fascinating journey of film. It will also tempt youngsters away from their screens by signposting fun practical projects including star gazing, butterfly spotting and guitar making.

Ten goody bags packed with VR headsets, DVDs, space shuttle kits, night vision goggles and more are on offer for the winning entrants – and pupils can also win prizes for their school.

Parents are being asked to encourage their children to join the challenge, which will provide access to Discovery Education Espresso’s digital learning service between July and September. The award-winning platform – which features videos from Discovery Channel, Discovery Science and Animal Planet – will help parents and carers to keep learning alive, igniting children’s curiosity about the wider world and using screen time in a positive way.

One of the schools taking part is Greet Primary in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Assistant Headteacher Matthew Haydon said:

“The Make Your World Bigger Challenge is a great way for children to keep learning and achieving over the summer holidays, and to use screen time in a positive way. The digital aspect will really appeal to our pupils and we’ll be encouraging as many as possible to take part.”

Also entering the challenge is Westlands Community Primary in Chelmsford. Year 2 teacher Rob Burdge said:

“Make Your World Bigger is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to broaden their horizons this summer. Our pupils will be taking part and we are looking forward to hearing all about it in September.”

Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:

“The start of the holidays doesn’t mean that learning must stop. Many parents want their children to keep discovering and achieving beyond the end of term – and Make Your World Bigger will enable them to do so while having fun. From exploring the limits of outer space to diving to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the challenge will keep young learners engaged — and inspire them to continue to discover and learn new things.”

The Make Your World Bigger Challenge is open to children aged 7 to 11. To take part visit before the end of the summer holidays. Families entering the challenge will receive free home access to Discovery Education Espresso until 10th September, when the Make Your World Bigger competition closes. With over 23,000 learning resources including interactive games, ebooks and short videos, the award-winning platform has something to spark interest in every child.

Those taking part are encouraged to Tweet about making their world bigger using #MYWBchallenge.

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