The Big Family Weekend 2019 – Programme

The Big Family Weekend Is On Its Way!

 October 26th-27th 

Venue – Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough

The BIG Family Weekend is the largest of our annual events. The activities are split across the age range of 4-16 years old and the weekend is designed to:

  • provide fun, challenging and inspiring activities for children, young people and for their parents
  • encourage a community of families
  • raise funds for Potential Plus UK and its Scholarship Fund.

See the Full Programme and book at: https://pplusuk.eventhq.co.uk/

Enigma Challenge at Potential Plus UK's Big Family Weekend, 2018
CSI at Potential Plus UK's Big Family Weekend, 2018
Joshua Seigal signing books at Big Family Weekend 2018

Children’s Activities

We have some fantastic activities this year. The children’s activities cover ages 4-11,  while Enigma Challenge is for young people aged 12-16.

Choose from:

Ages 4-6  

  • Monster Mania
  • Magical Maths
  • Makey Music
  • Poetry: Fun with Words with Joshua Seigal
  • Pokemon Adventure
  • Science Detectives
  • Shaving Foam Fun
    Sound Explorers

Ages 9-11

  • The Art of Virtual Reality
  • CSI Forensics Whodunit Burglary Challenge
  • Electron Power
  • Everyone Design
  • Go German!
  • Potsdamer Platz Puzzles
  • Quirky QWERTY®
  • Speak Up!

Ages 7-9

  • Beat This!
  • Bookworms
  • The CSI Forensics Fingerprints Challenge
  • Inspector Investigate: The School of Problem Solving
  • Mathematical Olympiad
  • Pedestrian Power
  • Poetry: Fun with Words with Joshua Seigal
  • Pokemon Explode
  • (age 8+ only) Quirky QWERTY®
  • Shocking Chemistry
  • Woven Wall Hangings

Enigma Challenge – Ages 12-16

Saturday – Leadership in Action

Sunday – Lights! Camera! Action!

For Full details of the events see our programme at: Big Family Weekend Programme

Children in a school lab at the Big Family Weekend 2018
Group of children working at a table at the Big Family Weekend 2018
3 girls working at a table at the Big Family Weekend, 2018

Adult Workshops

The BIG Family Weekend is more than just a great place for children with high learning potential to find friends and enjoy challenges. A full parents’ programme of workshops will run alongside the children’s activities, where they can learn the best ways to support their children. This year the programme includes Keynote Speaker Edward Watson from InnerDrive – ‘Helping your child to flourish’ and a Parents Forum asking YOU to contribute your ideas and experiences to shape our work

Keynote Speech

Following the great success of last year’s keynote speaker, Bradley Busch of Innerdrive, this year Edward Watson from Innerdrive will examine the question of ‘Helping Your Child to Flourish’,
discussing tried and tested techniques, bringing educational psychological research to life and will cover areas such as:

  • Understanding how children with HLP learn effectively
  • Managing their revision and homework space
  • Appreciating the importance of sleep (even when they don’t seem to need a lot of it!)
  • Asking effective questions
  • Helping them to develop good study habits
  • Developing their confidence
  • Creating a nurturing, supporting and proactive environment

Other Parent Workshops available over the weekend include:

  • Anything and Everything about Home Education HLP Style – Rowan Bendall
  • Building Skills – Bella Audsley
  • Executive Functioning: Discussion Group – Andrea Anguera
  • Executive Functioning: Key Concepts – Andrea Anguera
  • Fostering Resilience – Natalie Jensen
  • Fun Ideas to Encourage Deeper Learning at Home – Natalie Jensen
  • Getting the Balance Right for DME Children – Rebecca Howell
  • How to be a Music Parent – Rowan Bendall
  • Parenting a High Potential Child: Natalie Jensen or Caroline Hooton-Pickard
  • Parents’ Forum: Rebecca Howell
  • Performance Under Pressure – Edward Watson
  • QWERTY®: a font of inspiration: Rowena Love
  • Radical Acceleration in Home Education – Hazel Plater
  • To Learn or Not to Learn – Eleonoor van Gerven
  • Working with Schools to Get the Best Support for Your Child – Rebecca Howell
Adults listening to Julie Taplin at the Big Family Weekend 2018
An audience of parents at Potential Plus UK's Big Family Weekend, 2018
An audience of adults at Potential Plus UK's Big Family Weekend 2018

Booking

To Book Places on the Big Family Weekend and See the Full Programme Visit: https://pplusuk.eventhq.co.uk

Potential Plus UK members can find their promotional discount code in their Focus on Potential mailing or if they login to the noticeboard.

One Day Fees – Saturday or Sunday

  • Child 0-3yrs (morning and afternoon care) Non-members £40. Members £35 per child
  • Child 4-11yrs (2 workshops, plus family activity) Non-members £55. Members £50 per child
  • Parent (2 workshops, plus family activity) Non-members £25. Members £20 per parent

Two Day Fees – Saturday and Sunday

  • Child 0-3yrs Non-members £80. Members £70 per child
  • Child 4-11yrs Non-members £110. Members £100 per child
  • Parent Non-members £50. Members £40 per parent
Young People taking part in Enigma Challenge at Big Family Weekend 2018
members of audience Big Family Weekend 2018
child in a surgical mask and CSI Forensic boilersuit from Big Family Weekend 2018

Saturday Evening Meal and Entertainment

6pm-9pm Holiday Inn West

Optional:  take part in the Saturday evening entertainment, which includes a hot carvery, dessert and family entertainment at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West. You do not need to be staying at the Holiday Inn to take part.

  • Child meal and entertainment (4 yrs and under) Free
  • Child meal and entertainment (5 to 12yrs) £12 per child
  • Adult meal and entertainment (13 yrs+) £24 per person

Accommodation

Potential Plus UK has negotiated preferential rates at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West. Please contact the hotel directly to make a booking. They have limited capacity for family rooms.

Holiday Inn Room Rates

  • £80 B&B per room – for a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child up to and including 13 years old (child on a z-bed)
  • £80 B&B per family room (limited number of rooms) – for a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children

Two interconnecting rooms are available, but the charge remains £80 per room

Please contact the hotel directly on 01733 289988 and quote Potential Plus UK

Potential Plus UK’s Annual General Meeting

Potential Plus UK’s Annual General Meeting will take place during our Big Family Weekend in Peterborough.  Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our discussion, whether they are taking part in the Big Family Weekend or not.  However, only members who have been full members for at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. before September 14th) are eligible to vote. If you aren’t attending the Big Family Weekend please register in advance to attend the AGM at:  amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org

At this event we will be engaging our members in a discussion about our future strategic direction. Potential Plus UK is a membership organisation. We want your voice to be heard. Come and join us for our AGM on Saturday October 26th 

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