Sheffield Children’s University (CU) is part of a national initiative that encourages and celebrates children and young people who take part in learning opportunities outside of school hours, at CU subscribed schools in Sheffield and registered activity providers called Learning Destinations.
Learning may be at activities such as dance, drama or karate, at forest schools, at museums, libraries, scout/guide groups and even on farms!
As well as having fun and making new friends, research in Sheffield shows a clear link between children and young people’s participation in CU activities and their attendance and achievement at school.
Children and young people are awarded a credit for every hour of learning. They can collect credits at their school if it is signed up to Sheffield CU and away from school using the Passport to Learning. These credits add up to earn special Sheffield CU award certificates and badges, right up to 1,000 hours. Special award ceremonies are held in schools, and at prestigious venues across the city.
Passport to Learning
Children and young people use their Passport to Learning to collect their CU credits away from school.
Passports cost £3.50. You can buy them at Sheffield Libraries and some Learning Destinations.
You need to sign the consent form on the front of your child’s Passport before they bring it along to any Learning Destination. Make sure your child’s name is placed on the register at the Learning Destination, and they’ll send us their register to let us know to award credits.
Schools subscribed to the CU send all registers of their out of school activities directly to us. Your child doesn’t need to use their passport at school-run activities as the school subscribes to CU on behalf of all students.
Passport activity newsletter
Sheffield CU team collect information about activities from our Learning Destinations before every school holiday, and publish a Passport activity newsletter.
This newsletter lists all the activities children and young people can take part in during the holidays and earn CU credits using their Passport.
Summer is here! Worried how to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays? Look no further, because here is the Sheffield CU Festival of Fun Plus! In addition to all the free activities happening as part of the CU Festival of Fun, there are loads more activities happening at Learning Destinations across Sheffield. Don't forget to take along your Passport to Learning and add your details to their CU register to earn your CU credits. Have fun!
Awards & ceremonies
Schools subscribed to Sheffield Children’s University, and community Learning Destinations, provide information about pupils’ participation to the Sheffield Children's University team. We’re only allowed to track the credits of pupils who attend schools in Sheffield (or live within a Sheffield postcode if they are home-educated).
When your child’s credit total reaches 30 (Bronze), 65 (Silver) or 100 (Gold) they’ll be awarded certificates and badges, up to 1,000 credits.
Download the table below which lists all the award certificates and badges your child can achieve.
CU subscribed schools
If your child’s school is subscribed to Sheffield Children’s University, all Bronze and Silver awards will be sent in to school to be celebrated and presented in an assembly.
If your child has achieved a Gold Award (for 100, 200, 300 hours etc), we’ll invite them to attend a special awards ceremony. For primary school children, these ceremonies generally take place each term in November, March and July. For secondary school students, these ceremonies alternate between the University of Sheffield in October and Sheffield Hallam University in May.
Invitations for the Gold Award ceremony will be sent in to school to be distributed to award winners. It’s important that you confirm your attendance by returning your reply slip to school as this carries the photo consent which allows us to share photos from the ceremony.
Primary award ceremonies are generally attended by the Lord Mayor who presents all pupils with their awards. Due to capacity restrictions, we can accommodate only one guest per award winner but sometimes there is limited space for additional guests.
Tickets will be allocated by your school for the attendance at the ceremony, and any additional tickets from those who can't attend can be re-allocated by the school, so please check with them in the first instance.
Passport to Learning
If your child doesn’t attend a CU subscribed school, but collects credits using the Passport to Learning, the process for receiving awards and invitations to ceremonies is slightly different.
To make sure we give all children and young people the best chance to achieve awards, and also minimise the administration required by our Learning Destinations, we ask for registers to be sent to the team at least every term.
This means there can be a slight delay in the credits being added to our database as we wait to receive the registers and then spend time inputting those we have received.
Twice a year, during the summer holidays, and in early Spring, we temporarily stop adding in registers, check what credits each child has at that time and prepare awards for all children and young people due to receive them.
At this time, if your child achieves any Bronze and Silver certificates, these will be posted out to their home address. If they have achieved a Gold certificate, they will receive an invitation through the post to attend an awards ceremony.
These ceremonies take place at University of Sheffield in October and at Sheffield Hallam University in May.
There is a £6 ticket charge per family to attend a Gold Award ceremony if your child attends a non CU subscribed school and has a Passport to Learning.
This helps cover the cost of all certificates and badges (including the Silver and Bronze certificates you may have previously received), contributes towards the cost of the ceremony, and the administration involved. All details about payment of this ticket price are included in the invitation letter you receive.
Light refreshments and cakes are served before all ceremonies from around 5.15pm. You are free to arrive at any point between 5.15pm and the start of the ceremony at 6.30pm.
Tempest Photography attend each ceremony when available and provide an opportunity for children to have a professional portrait photo taken, wearing one of our Sheffield CU graduation caps and gowns.
The photo-shoot is free and parents/carers will be able to order prints directly with Tempest following the event. If you’d like a photo to be taken, we advise you to arrive early as these photos can be popular.
We also take group shots with the VIPs who attend the ceremony and these are sent in to school or are shared on Facebook and Twitter if we receive the appropriate photo consent.
There will be an opportunity to purchase CU merchandise at the ceremony including lanyards for badges, award certificate folders, water bottles and wristbands. All proceeds from these sales are non-profit and directly fund CU activities and future award ceremonies.
Children and young people don’t need to wear their school uniform to attend the ceremony. If they’ve collected their CU credits using a Passport to Learning at a uniformed group away from school, for example Scouts/Brownies, they can wear their uniform if they’d like to.
Don’t forget to tell your Learning Destination that your child is receiving a CU Award so they can celebrate too!
Schools subscribed to Sheffield Children’s University
These schools currently subscribe to Sheffield Children’s University:
- Abbey Lane Primary School
- Acres Hill Community Primary School
- Angram Bank Primary School
- Arbourthorne Community Primary School
- Ballifield Primary School
- Bankwood Community Primary School
- Beck Primary School
- Beighton Nursery and Infant School
- Birley Community Primary School
- Brunswick Community Primary School
- Byron Wood Primary School
- Charnock Hall Primary School
- Chaucer School
- Concord Junior School
- Dobcroft Infant School
- Dobcroft Junior School
- Dore Primary School
- Firth Park Academy
- Fox Hill Primary School
- Gleadless Primary School
- Greenhill Primary
- Grenoside Primary School
- Halfway Junior School
- HBH Academy - Hartley Brook
- HBH Academy - Hatfield
- Holgate Meadows Community School
- Hucklow Primary School
- Limpsfield Junior School
- Lydgate Infant School
- Malin Bridge Primary School
- Mansel Primary School
- Meynell Primary School
- Monteney Primary School
- Mosborough Primary School
- Norfolk Community Primary School
- Norton Free C of E Primary School
- Oasis Academy Don Valley
- Oasis Academy Watermead
- Oughtibridge Primary School
- Owler Brook Primary School
- Parson Cross CE Primary School
- Phillimore Community Primary School
- Prince Edward Primary School
- Rowan Primary School (The)
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
- Sheffield Inclusion Centre
- Sheffield Park Academy
- Shooter's Grove Primary School
- Shortbrook Primary School
- Southey Green Community Primary School
- Springfield Primary School
- St Catherine’s Primary School
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School
- St Mary's CE Primary School
- St Patrick's Catholic Voluntary Academy
- St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy
- Stannington Infant School
- Stradbroke Primary School
- Tinsley Meadows Primary School
- Walkley Primary School
- Waterthorpe Nursery and Infant School
- Watercliffe Meadow Primary School
- Wharncliffe Side Community Primary School
- Whiteways Primary School
- Wincobank NI School
- Windmill Hill Primary School
- Woodthorpe Community Primary School
- Yewlands Technology College
Subscribing schools receive resources and support, including:
- a full information pack containing all templates needed to register, promote and evaluate activities
- national bronze and silver award certificates for presentation in school
- national gold awards and badges at all levels presented at a city
- support to identify available activity and suitable providers
- a record of credits accrued for each child, by module
- detailed reports on participation including a zero credit list of students not involved on a termly basis and as requested
- an annual impact analysis cross-referencing CU participants' participation and their performance in formal assessments
- additional reports on request detailing engagement by specific target groups, for example LAC, SEN, BME
- additional resources and opportunities as available such as access to the CU Acorn Fund (pupil-led grant funding to support development of out of school programme) and the ‘Project in a box’ (worth around £600)
- one to one operational support on request
Please contact us for more information about how your school can get involved.
CU Festival of Fun 2017
Sheffield Children's University (CU) are thrilled to announce that the CU Festival of Fun, which features free activities right across the city delivered in the run up to and at the start of the summer holidays is back and bigger and better than ever!
There are over 40 activities planned for the summer festival including a treasure hunt and family fun day at Hallam University, woodland fun, roller hockey, Chinese kung fu, dance and games, music, climbing, circus skills, football, fencing, martial arts, gaming, dance and drama. They are for children aged 4 to 5 years upwards, and some are aimed at families taking part together, as well as activities specifically designed for children with SEN.
The activities will be free to Sheffield children who have a CU Passport to Learning. Not got yours yet? Don’t panic – you can buy one from Sheffield Libraries for just £3.50 each for Festival of Fun and then use it at Learning Destinations across the city when summer activities have ended!
CU Festival of Fun 2017 will kick off with a fantastic launch event in the Moor Market on Saturday 15 July 2017, 10am to 4pm. Families will be able to have a go at some fabulous free activities and there will also be a market place of Learning Destinations armed with all the info you’ll need to plan your summer activities – school holidays sorted!
Please note that booking for all activities opens on 3 July 2017. No bookings will be taken before this date.
Please see the full programme for booking information for all activities. You can view it in the 'Supporting information' panel on the right. Leaflets outlining the full list of activities will also be sent to schools, Learning Destinations and other partners this week so keep your eyes peeled!
Make sure you find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest Festival of Fun updates!
Learning Destinations are places where children and young people take their Passports to Learning to gain credits for activities.
Children and young people need to add their name to the organisation’s register at each session to tell us they’ve taken part, as well as adding credits to their Passport to Learning.
Arts & crafts
- Ignite Imaginations: lots of activities from large-scale sculptures to film-making to storytelling and environmental conservation. Come and join us and nurture your creative side
- Kids Arts Academy: after-school and holiday clubs for 4 to 15 year olds, covering art, animation and cookery
- Princess Party Palace: arts and crafts sessions and school holiday activity days
- Sew in the City: sewing tuition and guidance for boys and girls of all ages from beginners to experts. Come and get creative! Address: 119 West Bar, Sheffield, S3 8PT. Telephone 0114 273 9502
- Yorkshire Artspace: open studio sessions
The Old School Café (High Green Development Trust): weekly cooking club for children aged 4 to 13 years. Plan, cook and eat amazing meals... then take some home! Telephone 07535 905 054.
Drama, dance & theatre
- A Mind Apart Theatre Company: performing arts classes, from dance, drama, singing and costume and set designing to performance
- Act One Drama Studio: drama classes and workshops for 4 to 19 years
- Amanda Holland School of Dance: dance lessons in ballet, tap, theatre-craft, modern jazz, gymnastics, cheerleading and musical theatre. Call 0778 894 860
- City Limits Dance: fun dance classes for all ages and abilities. First session free with a Passport to Learning
- Constance Grant Dance Centre: dance lessons in a whole range of styles!
- Curtain Call Performance Group: a range of activities in musical theatre, art, drama, crafts and jewellery making
- Dancemasters: tap dancing, modern jazz, street dance and ballet classes for children of all ages
- Draper’s Dance Centre: regular dance classes catering for all levels and all ages are available in a variety of styles.
- Easy Street Theatre: dance, drama and music tuition, rehearsal and performance for those aged 5 to 21 years.
- Excel Dance: fun and motivating street dance classes for children aged 3 years and above, as well as life skills.
- Grow Theatre: drama, design, performance and outdoor skills for children aged 7+ years
- Hype Dance Company: community dance classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop
- Jay Love School of Dance: mixed ability dance classes for children aged 4 to 18 years, and parent and child classes. Telephone 0114 246 6412. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Just Dance Studios Ltd: dance and performing arts sessions for children aged 2+ years
- Laura McCaslin School of Theatre and Dance: dance lessons in a range of dance types including tap, ballet, modern jazz and theatre
- Noodle Performance Arts Limited: performance arts classes (music, singing, dance and drama), ballet, street dance, tots classes and themed workshops
- PerformiX: various styles of dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, musical theatre, fitness sessions and more!
- PQA Sheffield: Pauline Quirke Academy is open in Sheffield, offering sessions in musical theatre, film and television, and comedy and drama
- Pyjama Drama: provides children under 7 years with drama and creative play classes that are fun and exciting, exploring the imagination and also developing key social skills such as confidence, concentration, co-operation and creative problem solving
- Razzmatazz Theatre School: tuition in dance, drama and singing from musical theatre to commercial styles of street dance and pop singing
- Sheffield Theatres: a range of public theatre activities including workshops and an annual summer school
- Spotlight Theatre Dance Studio: learn a whole range of dance styles at Spotlight
- Stagecoach Sheffield Beighton: tuition for musical theatre – acting, singing and dance lessons
- Stepping Out Dance School: classes in a range of dance styles, for fun or for formal examinations
- Stepz Dance Academy: dance classes in a variety of styles for all ages, based in Frecheville
- Ta Dah Dance: dance lessons for children of all ages in a variety of styles
- Wiggle Tots: dance and movements classes for children aged between 12 months and 6 years
Gaming, libraries, museums & galleries
- Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet: catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century
- Graves Gallery: visit the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection since 1934
- Imagination Gaming: using modern board and card games to engage and educate
- Kelham Island Industrial Museum: explore the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield
- Lego Innovation Studio: workshops on the use of LEGO® kits such as Wedo and Mindstorms for children and adults
- Libraries: various fun activities happening throughout libraries across Sheffield – please contact your local library for more details
- Manor Lodge: whether it’s to discover the amazing story of Mary Queen of Scots’ imprisonment, or how Sheffield could have become the Potteries rather than the Steel City, come along and have fun discovering your great Sheffield Story
- Millennium Galleries: delve deeper into Museums Sheffield's fascinating collections through the packed programme of activities and free family trails
- National Emergency Services Museum: feel as if you're in the thick of the action and adventure!
- Sheffield Cathedral Heritage Activities: a range of fantastic activities to help you explore the history of Sheffield and our fabulous Cathedral
- Weston Park Museum: delve deeper into Museums Sheffield's fascinating collections through the packed programme of activities and free family trails.
- ACEG: creative workshops for children of all ages
- Broomhill Music: group musical activities for children aged 4 years and over
- Concord Allstars Junior Marching Band: music reading, learning to play instruments, and performance skills
- Concord Youth Music: musical instrument playing, dance and performance
- Harmony Music School: one to one tuition in a range of instruments and singing
- Humm Music Productions: music classes in small groups for children aged 5+ years, in guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and children’s choir and more!
- Peter Burt Music Tuition: piano and guitar lessons for children of all ages and abilities. Telephone 07906 826 833
- Sheffield Cathedral Choir: singing tuition for girls and boys aged 6 to 18 years, and membership of the Cathedral’s choirs
- Sheffield Music Hub (formerly Sheffield Music Service) – Ensembles: earn credits while learning to play your instrument as part of one of the many ensembles across Sheffield!
Animal care, outdoor, environment & adventure activity
- Adventures Are Us: multi-activity adventure learning from rock climbing and zip wires, to orienteering, high ropes and abseiling
- Awesome Walls (Sheffield): AWCC Sheffield has a cutting edge climbing wall design that factors in climbing for all walks (climbs!) of life. Whether it's your first visit or you're at competition standard we'll have something for you
- Climbing Works: world's biggest and best indoor bouldering wall
- Creative Explorer: arts and crafts, storytelling and woodland play
- Foundry Climbing Centre: indoor climbing activities and clubs for children aged 7 to 18 years
- Heeley City Farm: a friendly farm and environmental visitor centre with lots of activities taking place. Only structured activities such as events and trails will earn CU credits, rather than simply visiting the farm
- Longshaw Estate (National Trust): outdoor activities such as play trails and hunts, orienteering, Forest School-type activities, climbing, abseiling, environmental and conservation talks and events. Please note only structured activities will earn CU credits
- Manor Oaks Farm: every day there’s something to see or do for young children. Drop into the farm shop or Discovery Centre to check out what’s on today and where you can spot Big Lad our friendly Clydesdale and his animal friends
- Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust: environmental education, sustainable and healthy living. Located at local parks, green spaces and nature reserves across Sheffield and Rotherham
- Sheffield Botanical Gardens: two terrific trails and a Scavenger Hunt! Available from The Little Nature Shop at the Clarkehouse entrance
- Sheffield Young Archaeologists Club: monthly archaeology events at different venues. Telephone 0114 232 5497
- Whirlow Hall Farm: learn all about life on the farm on their farm tours, activities and open days (structured activity only)
- Discovery STEM Education: exciting and fun learning, all based around science, technology, engineering and maths!
- Science Brainwaves: university-run activities for the public, engaging them in hands-on public events
- University of Sheffield: science and health-related activities across the city, including tours, workshops, lab sessions and mentoring
- University of Sheffield – Faculties of Science & Engineering: fun, open-access activities for all ages, themed around science and engineering
Sport, martial arts, first aid & safety
- Active Kids at Sport Sheffield: weekly swimming lessons, bouldering lessons and holiday camps at University of Sheffield Sports Centre
- Academy of Self Defence: self defence classes and martial arts circuits
- AG Sports Coaching Group: football coaching for children aged 3 to 6 years and 7 to 15 years. More sports to come! Telephone 07824 153 223
- Arches School Sports Partnership: sports, arts and crafts activities and school holiday camps
- Castle Martial Arts: lessons in martial arts to improve confidence, motivation and self-esteem
- Chapeltown Hockey Club: hockey training for beginners/5 year olds upwards
- Charnock Ridgeway Junior Football Club: junior football club for boys and girls aged 6 to 18 years. Telephone 07427 173 764
- Concord Sports Centre: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- Ecclesfield Red Rose Junior Football Club (Under 9 years): football training, coaching, matches and fun!
- English Institute of Sport, Sheffield: Earn credits at their Athletics Academy
- Excel Martial Arts: fun and motivating classes for all ages in freestyle karate and kick-boxing as well as life skills
- FA Skills: football coaching programme for children aged 5 to 11 years
- Graves Health and Leisure Centre: lessons in swimming, gymnastics, trampolining and more!
- Greentop Circus: have a go at all kinds of circus skills from aerial and trapeze work to juggling and walking the tightrope!
- Hallamshire Academy of Tennis: tennis for all ages and abilities on site at Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, Hunters Bar
- Hallam Cricket Club: fun cricket coaching for boys and girls age 6+ years
- Handsworth Grange Sports Centre: sports sessions in trampolining, badminton, gymnastics, gym and holiday clubs
- High Green Gymnastics Academy: gymnastics club for 4 to 17 years, covering floor work, beam, bar and vault
- Heeley Pool: earn credits for taking part in their swimming lessons
- Hillsborough Leisure Centre: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- Hillsborough Pumas: Junior Football Club for children aged 5+ years
- Ice Sheffield: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- King Edward's Swimming Pool: swimming lessons, and courses in lifesaving and Rookie Lifeguard
- Kyohoon Taekwondo: martial arts activities for children and families aged 3 years and up
- Makenki Karate Clubs: karate instruction for all ages at venues across Sheffield
- Middlewood Rovers JFC: football coaching, activities and matches for children aged 4 to 18 years
- Mosborough Rugby Union Club: training and coaching activities to develop sporting skills, develop social skills and interaction as a team player
- NetballEds: netball-related activities (ball skills, movement, agility and game play)
- Oakbrook Junior Badminton Club: quality badminton coaching and competitions for all ages
- Red Karate: lessons for children (and adults) of all ages in karate. Sessions in multiple locations
- RuggerEds: UK's first educationally based rugby coaching programme specifically designed for 3 to 9 year olds
- Ponds Forge: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- Sheffield Academy of Excellence: non-combat martial arts classes for children of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and ability. Address: Virgin Active Health Club, 1 Archer Road, Millhouses, Sheffield, S8 0LB. City Limits Dance Studio, 607-613 Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 2GA
- Sheffield Diving: Learn to Dive: Olympic Springboard and Platform diving lessons at Ponds Forge
- Sheffield Dragons: karate, boxing and dance classes for all ages across Sheffield
- Sheffield Ju-Jitsu Academy: training in self-defence and confidence, for children aged 5+ years
- Sheffield Sword Club: learn fencing and other sword sports from top class coaches
- Sheffield Life Saving Club: learn invaluable skills in life saving and first aid
- Sheffield Wildcats Roller Hockey Club: roller skating and roller hockey coaching sessions for girls and boys of all ages and levels of ability
- Sheffield Workshop Gymnastics: gymnastics for children and young people aged 18 months to 14 years. Address: 100, Little London Road, Sheffield, S8 0UJ. Telephone 0114 235 3108
- Springs Leisure Centre: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- Star Strikers FC: football training and coaching sessions with the emphasis on fun!
- State of Mind Karate and Kickboxing: karate and kickboxing sessions for children aged 4+ years, to promote anti-bullying, self-defence skills, confidence and team work
- Steel City Aikido Junior Club: develop skills in aikido as well as agility, flexibility, coordination and wider social skill
- Steel City Stars: cheerleading, street dance, football and boxercise in Shiregreen
- Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre Swimming Lessons: lessons for children aged 5+ years
- SWFC – Community Programme: sports and healthy lifestyle activities for young people. Located at SWFC training ground and local schools. Telephone 0114 324 0525
- SwimRayz: swimming and water confidence lessons for children aged up to 12 years
- Thorncliffe Bowling Club: free crown green bowls coaching for 7 to 16 year olds
- Thorncliffe Health & Leisure Centre: swimming lessons and more for children of all ages
- Westfield Junior Badminton Club: coaching sessions for all abilities in a positive, fun and safe environment. Ages 5+ years. Telephone 07783 831 734
- Westfield Sports Centre: earn credits in all their taught lessons
- Yong-gi Tae kwon do: martial arts instruction for children from 5 years and upwards. Telephone 07979 718 523
- Woodhouse Juniors FC (under 7s): football coaching and matches for children aged 6 and 7 years
- Yorkshire Karate Centre: karate training for all levels from beginner to black belt
- ZEST: sports and physical activity sessions as well as study support sessions for 6 to 19 year olds
Structured after-school & holiday clubs*
*only the structured elements of these activities are eligible for CU credits
- Little Sheffield: varied range of activities for younger children (CU eligible from school-age)
- Norfolk Park Tenants & Residents' Association: have a go at their wide range of activities including crafts, sports and visits to exciting locations!. Telephone 0114 270 1191
- Parson Cross Initiative: a variety of activities, groups and courses focusing on a variety of themes and topics from identity, self-esteem, safe relationships, community work and faith
- Play in Dore Holiday and After School Club: delivers a diverse range of activities for the children including craft workshops, sports, science workshops, cookery, dance, theatre, Scouts and nature-based activities
Study support & languages
- Am@re Spanish Club: sing, dance, laugh, paint and learn Spanish! No previous experience needed
- Enjunior: fun activities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
- Explore Learning Hillsborough: develop maths and English skills in a fun, friendly environment
- Japanese Play-group and Study Club (JPS): Japanese language education for native speakers
- Kip McGrath Education Centre (Sheffield North): tuition sessions in English, maths, reading, spelling and comprehension
- Kip McGrath Education Centre (Sheffield Central): tuition sessions in English, maths, reading, spelling and comprehension
- Les Petite Poissons: craft activities, stories, reading and writing, songs all delivered in French. Email email@example.com
- Russian ClubOK: Russian language lessons for children aged up to 14 years. Email: CLUB_OK@yahoo.co.uk
- Sheffield Fellowship KS2 Programme: works with schools, parents and Sheffield Hallam University to provide English, maths and personal development support for young people in Year 5 and Year 6. Telephone 0114 229 6617. Mobile 07964 110 843. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sheffield Fellowship New Arrivals Programme: an out of school enrichment programme that provides maths and personal development sessions to students to support their in-school learning. Telephone 0114 229 6167. Email email@example.com
- Se Habla Espanol en Sheffield: Spanish school for children of Spanish speaking heritage
- Sheffield Star Mandarin School: provides Mandarin language, arts and fold dance tuitions to children and young people, aged 4 to 18 years. Held at Bartolome House, School of Law, University of Sheffield. Telephone 0114 222 8447. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Speaque: high quality French and Spanish lessons for children of all ages
- Blast Off – a launch to success: homework club offering activities in ICT, maths, science, art and design, and more! Based at The Beacon Church, Arbourthorne. Telephone 0114 265 3145
Support groups & networks
- Shine Health Academy: Shine stands for self-help, independence, nutrition and exercise and provides a variety of courses and activities to help young people achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Sheffield Young Carers' Project: offering individual and group support sessions and networks to help young carers in their caring role
Uniformed groups – Rainbows, Brownies & Guides
- 48th St James (Norton) Rainbows: guiding activities for girls aged 5 to 7 years. Address: Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Sheffield, S8 8JS. Telephone 07834 859 333
- 102nd Sheffield (Gleadless) Brownies and Guides: fun, challenging and adventurous activities for girls aged 7-14 years. Address: Townend Dance Studio, Briarfield Road, S12 3LD. Telephone 07722 743 383
- 129th Sheffield Rainbows: activities, craft and games to challenge girls to grow in confidence and develop emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually
- 48th St James (Norton) Rainbows:a group for girls aged 5 to 7 years to develop social skills, craft skills, singing and games. Meets at Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Sheffield S8. Telephone 0114 274 0293
- 48th St James (Norton) Brownies and Guides: a group for girls aged 7 to 10+ years, developing various skills such as first aid, fire safety, disability awareness, etc. Meets at Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Sheffield 8. Email email@example.com
- 172nd (St Peter’s) Greenhill Brownies: fun activities for girls aged 7 to 10 years, based around three adventures: You, Community, World. Email Claire_172@yahoo.co.uk
- 183rd Sheffield Brownies: badges, games and exciting adventurous activities. St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Dobbin Hill, Sheffield, S11 7JB. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 186th Sheffield Rainbows, Brownies and Guides: exciting activities covering a huge range of skills for girls of all ages. Address St Catherine’s RC Primary School, Firshill Crescent, Sheffield, S4 7BX. Telephone 07863 890 144
- 192nd Brownies: a group for girls aged 7 to 10 years to build friendships, have fun and learn new skills. Location: St Saviour's Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, S35 3HU. Telephone 07988 075 832
- 192nd Sheffield Guides: a group for girls aged 10 to 14 years, to develop new and existing skills, build new friendships, learn more about themselves and the world in which they live. Location: St Saviour’s Church, Mortomley Lane, High Green. Telephone 07743 337 633
Uniformed groups - Scouts, Cubs & Beavers
- 10th Parson Cross Beavers, Cubs and Scouts: a diverse programme of activities for both boys and girls. Telephone 07954 782 544
- 25th Sheffield (Ecclesfield) Scout Group: a varied range of activities all based on Scouting’s fundamental policies, methods and rules. Address: The Scout Hut, Off Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S35. Telephone 0114 246 1752
- 35th Sheffield (St Oswald’s, Nether Edge) Scouts: Beavers and Scouts groups for 6 to 15 year olds
- 74th Oak Street (Heeley) Scout Group: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts activities for boys and girls
- 82nd (Chapeltown) Scout Group: a varied and balanced programme of activities and events
- 150th Sheffield Scout Group (Wadsley Church): fun, challenging and adventurous activities for boys and girls aged 6 to 18 years
- 183rd Sheffield (Hillsborough Trinity) Beavers, Cubs and Scouts: exciting activities and badge work for children aged 6 to 14 years. Email email@example.com
- 230th Sheffield (Gleadless) Scout Group: a varied and balanced programme of activities and events. Telephone 07790 615 076 or 0114 220 7408
- 267th Dore Beavers (Wednesday night): wide range of fun activities, visits and badge work
Uniformed groups - Other
- 54th Sheffield Boys’ Brigade Company (Firth Park): sports, games, crafts, cooking, camping, visits and days out for both boys and girls
- Sea Cadets: development of children's skills through exciting water and land based outdoor activities
- Salvation Army (Woodhouse Corps): a lively youth club offering a range of activities from art and sport to DJ workshops!
Sheffield Children’s University Team delivers Forest School programmes and activities to groups of children and young people through their schools.
Forest Schools is all about giving children and young people of all ages the opportunity to learn through positive experiences in exciting, outdoor, woodland settings.
Forest School sessions run consecutively over a number of weeks in all weathers (except very high winds), at a site close to the school.
Forest Schools Activities
Activities range from den building, tree climbing and team games, to environmental education, craft activities and cooking on an open fire. Tools such as bow saws, hand drills and knives are sometimes used within a controlled environment to create wood craft items such as kazoos, woodland benches and medallions.
Sessions are designed to be age and ability appropriate and in conjunction with the current topics or themes being studied at school if necessary.
The sessions are designed to be learner led, and there is a strong emphasis placed on choice, therefore allowing Forest Schoolers to take ownership of their own learning, guided along the way by Level 3 qualified Leaders.
All sessions are fully risk assessed and insured.
Research has demonstrated that these repeated visits to the same woodland site support the development of self-confidence, motivation, concentration and sound social and emotional skills.
We’re able to deliver bespoke Forest School sessions and programmes tailored to your needs. Curriculum areas, topics or themes can be the focus of the sessions. We provide all equipment and resources needed.
If you are interested in our team delivering Forest School sessions to your pupils and/or staff teams, please contact us.
We have an individual Sheffield Children’s University membership for home-educated children. This allows us to track and reward voluntary learning out of normal school hours by children and young people who are educated at home by parents/carers.
We charge an annual membership fee (£30 reduced to £18 for siblings) to home-educated children and young people to cover the costs of administering the scheme, including tracking the data as well as the costs of creating their award certificates and badges, generating their personalised learning profiles which accompany the awards and also their attendance at a Gold Award ceremony when they reach 100 credits (these happen twice per year).
If a child initially joins the scheme between 1 January and 31 August, the membership charge is reduced to £18 (first child) and £12 for subsequent siblings, for their first academic year of membership.
All you have to do is print off the registration form below and return it to us with the payment.
Each home-educated child will also need to purchase a Passport to Learning.