This is the second year we have run Homework Club activities throughout the summer- and it was a very busy one! We welcomed some new children, along with several kids who moved up to S1, that joined us in the older high school group. With a focus on activities requested by our wonderful attendees, we delved into a little bit of everything. Homemade pizzas made from scratch, and some interesting sandwiches carefully crafted. A task-based game became a firm favourite, as kids battled it out over who could make the best plate of food from things outside, or best set of silly goggles.
In the little snippets of Scottish summer heat, the kids made ice lollies and played outside, adorning the concrete at the community flat with chalk drawings and going head-to-head in serious games of limbo. When the clouds rolled in, we got stuck into arts and crafts, making clay animals and monsters, creating personalised mugs, and doing lots of painting. We ended the summer with a back to school party with bubbles, games, crafts and balloons, celebrating the end of a great summer and a return to school time.
From mid to late June, many of the children and young people who attend Homework Club celebrated Eid al-Adha. In the lead up to this, kids made the most of the arts and crafts materials in the flat, making cards and Eid-themed decorations to take home for family celebrations. It is great fun to be able to support children in this way, learning more about the different cultures and traditions the children celebrate, while engaging in creative activities.
We were also delighted to be invited to Aerial Edge in Ibrox for a Intro to Circus Skills workshop for the older group. After a thorough warm up, the young people who attended got to try a range of activities. Throughout the day, the young people tried spinning plates, acrobatic arts and juggling. Once warmed up we moved onto the trampoline, with some impressive flips and jumps, and other aerial activities. The silks, ropes and aerial hoop were a big hit, with the young people quickly showing up the Homework Club staff with their skills.
A huge thank you to Aerial Edge for their time. We look forward to coming back with our younger group, and already have some of the older group looking at signing up for sessions themselves.
Glasgow Science Center
While the older group went on a trip to Aerial Edge, our younger homework club group attended the Glasgow Science Center. With more activities than could possibly be done in one day, the kids made the most of the trip, running between rooms of visual illusions and exploring the science behind how our bodies work. We ended the trip in the Planetarium, learning all about our night sky, zooming in close to planets and stars, and looking back on our own planet earth. Thank you to all the staff at the Science Center for answering our questions and pointing us in the direction of the best things to do and see.