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Meopham Community Academy pupil wins national competition

Discovery Education have announced the winner of their 'Make Your World Bigger' competition

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 02, 2018 | School life

A Kent pupil is celebrating after scooping one of the top prizes in a national competition.

8-year-old Pippa from Meopham Community Academy School was a winner of Discovery Education’s Make Your World Bigger, a video challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays.

The competition, which attracted over 2000 entries from schools across the UK, saw pupils take part in a 30-day film adventure, watching a daily Discovery video clip to learn something new. 

Answering questions along the way, and enjoying fun activities such as star gazing and butterfly spotting, the challenge encouraged children to be curious about the world around them, using films about space, natural history and geography to spark their imagination.

Pippa was one of 10 national winners, and was given the exciting news about her win towards the end of 2017. The pupil was presented with a huge Discovery goody bag, packed with prizes including a VR headset, space shuttle kit, night vision googles and more.

Pippa’s school will also receive a year’s free subscription to Discovery Education’s Coding Service.

Pippa said: “I just think it was nice for our school to take part in it and if you didn't have that you would probably forget about school and have a shock when you returned. It was great fun too!'

Becky Nicholson, Headteacher of Meopham Community Academy, said: "The competition was a great way to keep the children active in their learning, especially during a holiday period from school. It was wonderful to find out that lots of our pupils had engaged in the project and had thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education, added: “We were impressed with Pippa’s summer learning, and her commitment to completing the fun 30-day challenge. The competition can really help teachers and parents to keep children motivated during the long break from school, and we’re thrilled that so many used our fascinating film clips to broaden their horizons.”

The Make Your World Bigger videos were drawn from Discovery Education Espresso’s digital learning service – an award-winning platform used by over 1.8 million pupils across the UK. Featuring spectacular content from some of Discovery’s best-known channels, such as Animal Planet and Discovery Science, the service helps teachers to meet curriculum goals, while inspiring pupils with curiosity about the world around them.

Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one via Discovery Education’s website.

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