Me, Myself and I

 Hull Children’s University are working in partnership with Inspire Ignite to offer this amazing learning experience for children.

Emotional intelligence is key to being healthy and happy. Learners will gain a greater understanding of how their emotions and attitudes affect their life and relationships through greater understanding of their emotions and reactions to these.

By boosting comprehension and problem solving, Learners are able to increase their clarity and focus and engage in real choices for their future.

Learners can learn to neutralise the impact of negative emotions such as test anxiety or turmoil surrounding relationships, and then build effective replacement attitudes. For many this results in improved self-confidence and higher self-esteem, and as a result improved relationships.

Throughout the sessions learners will learn different techniques of self-awareness that will support them in times of stress.

Activity 1: Understand My World
Some students find it hard to fit in with peer groups and the conventional education system. This is most often caused by an underlying lack of confidence.

This lack of confidence, simply comes from not seeing their own value, not appreciating their natural strengths and talents.
Feeling inferior, they often then focus on what feels like survival, protection, and avoidance of emotional pain.

Activity 2: Help Me Build Confidence

It’s not until they feel safe that the students will be able to give the attention to learning, interacting and benefiting from the school environment.

So the first task is always, to build up their self-confidence, to help them see what their natural strengths and talents are.

The most effective way to do this, is through fun and interactive exercises, where they can experience themselves succeeding.

Activity 3: Help Me To Learn And Grow

Once they have developed confidence, students feel safe and more willing to learn, grow and take on new ideas and information.

It is only then, that they can see the opportunity that school provides – a way to develop their strengths so that they can build a life which will bring them happiness and fulfilment.

Knowing how to create value, and to be valued, is the gift.

This experience is suitable for children aged  7 upwards.

Environmental Debate

The Aim

  • To engage children in PLAN-IT-ECO conferences, promoting environmental understanding and awareness
  • To teach children about the environment and the planet and the effect we are having across the globe
  • To help children to understand that the choices they make and their actions effect the environment
  • To give children the skills, knowledge and motivation to recycle

Pre Visit

In the weeks leading up to the conference, children in each school take part in research, group discussions and   homework looking at environmental issues and the effect on the planet to prepare them for the conference.

The Visit

A full day conference with 72 children and staff and volunteers. In the morning, children explore issues such as sustainability, conservation, local and global environmental issues and the demand for and use of natural resources. They learn to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In the afternoon, they split into groups and each group play a different role in debating a real life environmental challenge. Groups represent: the government, environmentalists, banks, land and home owners and scientists so that they develop a greater understanding of the dynamics involved in protecting the planet. The afternoon workshop gives the young people a voice and develops their confidence in debating issues and forming and defending an opinion.

Age UK

The Aim

  • To develop empathy and understanding between our younger and older generations creating trust, mutual understanding and respect
  • To help children develop the ability to relate to and communicate with elderly people
  • To develop an understanding of history through the eyes of elderly people
  • To reduce the fear, stigma and misconception that exists between different generations portrayed by the media
  • To have the opportunity to establish positive relationships with older people to sustain friendships and communications over a longer period (under the supervision of the school)

The Visit

  • A tour of Age UK to understand why the service is needed, the role it plays in society and for Hull’s older generation.
  • Conversations, questions and answers in small mixed groups of children and elderly people facilitated by a mentor with observation and support. [list-item] [list-item]During group discussions, sharing stories and examples of life for each of the two generations including what it was/is like growing up and fears, hopes and dreams.
  • A dance session together before refreshments and chatting.

Streets of Hull

East Hull primary school children haven taken to the streets of Hull to ask people what they think about our city.

Around 30 children from Southcoates Primary School took part in Hull Children’s University’s Ambassadors of Hull experience, which saw them spend the day in the city centre finding out about the city’s greatest champions.

Watch: Pupils quiz members of the public about what they think of Hull

From poet Philip Larkin and campaigner William Wilberforce to comedian Lucy Beaumont and boxer Luke Campbell, the children spent the morning learning what an ambassador in a learning space at KCOM in Carr Lane before taking to the streets.

They then spent the afternoon trailing around the city centre, taking a look at the statues of some of Hull’s best-loved ambassadors.

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These included Andrew Marvell outside Holy Trinity Church, William Wilberforce outside Hull College, and Amy Johnson in Prospect Street.

The children also hunted out the copper tops on some of the older buildings, spotted the fish along the pavings in Old Town and admired The Blade, while speaking to representatives from Siemens about the sculpture.


Year 6 pupil Harrison Donkin said: “I think it’s been really good and really interesting because I didn’t know that there were that many ambassadors from Hull.

“I think the most interesting bit was when we asked people what they thought about Hull. A lot said ‘I was born and bred in Hull’, that was quite a common phrase. A lot of people said they didn’t want it to change because they loved it how it is.”

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Fellow pupil Chalis Willis said it was good to supplement her existing knowledge about the history of the city. She said: “It’s made me quite proud to be from Hull.

“It’s been good to find out a little bit more about the history of the city.”


Rosanna James, Hull Children’s University’s partnership manager said: “There are some children in Hull who might never had the opportunity to come into Hull city centre before and it’s about giving them that experience.

“It gives them the opportunity to learn about the city and about the city’s ambassadors too.

“They also get a certificate at the end of it saying they are now a Hull ambassador.”

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