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On this page you'll also find our latest challenges for the school holidays and recipes and instructions for other activities.  To receive our regular eNewsletter giving details of all the latest Essex and Suffolk CU news just send your e-mail address to admin@essexchildrensuniversity.co.uk or click here

We're delighted to welcome aboard our latest Suffolk Learning Destination - West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and Country Park.  West Stow is one of England’s great Archaeological sites.  Here you will find our stunning reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon settlement as well as extensive indoor galleries set in 125 acres of unspoilt countryside and plenty of activities for children.  For more details click here 

Get to know all about our creepy crawly friends and try some of our themed Challenges or past Challenges - Minibeasts, Harry Potter and a general Essex & Suffolk CU Summer Challenges for primary and secondary school children! Available to download at the bottom of this page along with past Challenges. You can also find the Kent CU Summer Challenge by clicking here.  Don't forget to take your evidence in to School or send it to us at: admin@essexchildrensuniversity.co.uk 

Treasure Trails are a great way to find about your own town or one you're visiting. Fun themes include Spy Trails, Treasure Hunts and Murder Mysteries. For information about how to claim your hours when you've completed a Trail click herehttps://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/childrens-university

For something very different, why not visit the Sizewell B Power Station.  Their Visitor Centre hosts some amazing exhibitions and they are currently running activities for children as part of the Year of Engineering.  Those aged 11+ can even take a tour of the Power Station.

Did you know that around 50 words connected with countryside and nature have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary?  Words including Acorn, Buttercup and Conker ... we were stunned!  
Our friends at the Stour Valley Education Network have created a short quiz at the bottom of this page to help children in recognising some of the words which are starting to disappear in this way and we thought it would be great to share it with you.
On completion of the Quiz send it to us admin@essexchildrensuniversity.co.uk and we will award 1 hour of CU Learning for the Passport to Learning.  
For an additional hour of CU Learning, encourage your child to write a short story or a poem which include all of these words too.  Submit them to us and we will also share with the Stour Valley Education Network people too!  We are really excited to be working with them.

Essex Police Museum are running a series of workshops and trails  through out the summer holidays from solving the mysterious case of the missing honey to learning how to put together photofit pictures.  For more information visit museum.essex.police.uk 

Suffolk Learning Destinations
With a number of Suffolk Schools about to become part of the Children's University, we've been validating some brand new Learning Destinations across the County. Our latest Learning Destination is Somerleyton Hall where children can earn a 2 hour stamp for a general visit.
  • Experience activities involving printmaking, painting, drawing, designing, experimenting and exploring in a Tom’s Tuesdays session at Gainsborough House.
  • At the Museum of East Anglian Life you can find out about how Suffolk people lived in the past.
  • Learn about the Gentle Giant Suffolk Punch Horses, how they are cared for and how they work for us at the Suffolk Punch Trust.
  • Ipswich Museum will be running a number of activities for children during the summer holidays with an Around the World Theme.
  • Kinetic Science run holiday science clubs and events all over the East of England including our “Lab in a Library” where a two hour workshop costs as little as £3 per child. They’re getting ready to open our interactive STEM centre in Bury St. Edmunds  in the Summer.
  • Make a visit to Kentwell Hall -  this truly magical venue for a great family day out with Tudor house, gardens & rare breeds farm.  Children can earn up to 3 hours in their Passport for a general visit and self-guided tour and an additional hour for the Story Book Trail.  A number of re-creation days run throughout the summer and these really bring history to life.
For all other Suffolk Learning Destinations click here

Other News Snippets

  • Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 10:38

    See our latest Challenge for this half term ....

  • Monday 4th June 2018 - 13:23

    Find out about upcoming events and our latest CU Challenges

  • Thursday 17th May 2018 - 11:14

    Bury Festival begins this weekend and we have the bees knees of a challenge for you.

  • Tuesday 17th April 2018 - 09:43

    For our latest news, see the Bulletin page....

  • Tuesday 27th February 2018 - 15:55

    Here's just a taster of activities where you can earn CU hours....

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Here are some resource documents for download, to accompany the information on this page.