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vPlus - Young People

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Virtual Plus: Online Courses for Young People

Potential Plus UK’s vPlus courses offer exciting online experiences for children and young people with high learning potential. With grateful thanks to the government, we have received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund to offer our current courses for young people free of charge.

All workshops will take place over Zoom.  You will be sent a meeting ID and password to your registered email address at least one hour before the first session is due to start. If you have not received a link at that stage, please email amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org.

Please note that the age guidance on all sessions already accommodates the higher ability of children with high learning potential. If you are still not sure what age group to put your child into, contact amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org before booking.

Please book a ticket for every child who will be in attendance at the session

Free Sessions for Children and Young People

Programme

The following Sessions are FREE OF CHARGE  With grateful thanks for funding from the government via the Coronavirus Community Support fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Time TravellersNigel Amies for Ages 8-13 (6 sessions)
Monday 30th November, 7th, 14th, 21st December, 4th, 11th January SERIES FULLY BOOKED

Christmas FractalsTom Briggs for Ages 7-14 (1 session)
Wednesday 2nd December

In Conversation with Zacchia: Photographer and ExhibitorZacchia Moore for Ages 14-17 (1 session)
Thursday 10th December

Participating in Parliament – Esther Rzeplinski for Ages 11-14 (3 Sessions)
Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st December

Los geht’s! Introductory Conversational German – Esther Rzeplinski for Ages 7-11 (3 Sessions)
Mondays 16th, 23rd, 30th November SERIES FULLY BOOKED

Anyone Can Write a Poem – Paul Cookson for Ages 7-11 (6 Sessions)
Tuesdays 17th, 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December  SERIES FULLY BOOKED

Codebreaking and Cryptanalysis  for Ages 11-14. (5 Sessions)
Wednesdays Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Dec 2nd.  SERIES FULLY BOOKED

Rough Science & Explorations for Ages 11-14. (5 Sessions)
Thursdays 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th, 17th Dec, 7th Jan, 2021. 11.00am-12.00pm.  SERIES FULLY BOOKED

 

Christmas Fractals

Fractal on a bauble

Age Guidance 7-14 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Wednesday, 2nd December

6.00-7.00pm

Free Session

Join us for an introduction to the fascinating world of fractals! This informal family presentation, suitable for KS2 and KS3 (7-14s), will include a demonstration on how to use the ideas behind one particular type of fractal to make a maths-inspired pop-up Christmas card (just in time to send to friends and family!). You’ll get the most out of it if you can join in at home, and to do so you’ll need some equipment: a pencil, mathematical compasses, a ruler, scissors, a piece of paper to draw on (any size, but the bigger the better), and some thin green card that can easily be cut with scissors (A4 or A5. If you can’t get hold of thin green card in time, any rectangular sheet of paper will allow you to get the idea). As we’re getting creative, spare sheets are always helpful in case of mistakes or experimentation!

Session leader Tom Briggs is a maths educator developing opportunities to learn about the mathematics behind a variety of activities, phenomena and events.

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Time Travellers - 8-13s

Nigel Amies and young people in historical military re-enactment. Photo Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

Age Guidance 8-13 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Monday 30th November, 7th, 14th, 21st December, 4th, 11th January

5.30pm-6.30pm


This event is now sold out. If you would like to be included on the waiting list, please register using the Book Tickets button below.


Free Sessions

In this series of presentations for 8-13 year olds, Nigel Amies will discuss various aspects of British History. The first session will start with 1st Century Roman domestic and military life. Following sessions will cover: The Tudor period; Stuarts – Soldiers during the British Civil Wars;, Georgian navy; WW1 soldier; and the WW2 Home Guard.  The sessions will involve presentations followed by questions and answers.

Nigel Amies has worked in schools and museum education for over 15 years. He attained a MA in English History in 2004 and now works as a freelance historical educator with clients including Bletchley Park, the Royal Armouries, the National Army Museum, English Heritage and the National Trust.

Tickets are for a series booking of 6 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session.

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 5.30pm – 6.30pm

  • Monday 30th November – Romans: Domestic and Military Life
  • Monday 7th December – Tudors
  • Monday 14th December – Stuarts:Experience of the Common Soldier in the British Civil Wars
  • Monday 21st December – Georgians: Life in Nelson’s Navy
  • Monday 4th January 2021 – World War 1: Soldier
  • Monday 11th January 2021 – World War 2: Home Guard

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In Conversation with Zacchia: Photographer and Exhibitor

Almost Free - Photo Credit: Zacchia Moore

Age Guidance 14-17 Years

Thursday 10th December

6.30-7.30pm

Free Session

In this session for 14-17 year-olds, photography student Zacchia will discuss and show some of her work. She will explore what young people can learn through photography, how it enabled her to have a voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and why it is so important to her.

Zacchia is a 16-year-old A-level photography student from London. She was recently selected to exhibit her photographs in the UK Black Female Photographers Exhibition: ‘We are Here’ at Walsall Gallery in Birmingham. Zacchia will be acting as a judge in our ‘Life in the Age of Lockdown’ Photo Competition

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Participating in Parliament - 11-14s

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Age Guidance 11-14 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Mondays, 7th, 14th, 21st December

4.00-5.00pm

Free Sessions

Interested in or confused by politics? This online series for 11-14s will increase your understanding of parliamentary democracies and the effects of government decision-making, as well as looking at the different ways youth can get involved. Participants will apply their learning through debates and a model parliament, as well as discussions of volunteering, petitions, letter-writing, citizen assemblies, and more.

Esther Rzeplinski is an educator and historian who has worked in parliamentary education for nearly five years. She’s worked with children and youth of all ages and wrote her Master’s on letters that children wrote to a Canadian prime minister about political participation.

Tickets are for a series booking of 3 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session. 

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 4.00pm – 5.00pm on the following dates.

  • Monday 7th December
  • Monday 14th December
  • Monday 21st December

Increase your understanding of parliamentary democracies and the effects of government decision-making, as well as looking at the different ways youth can get involved

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Los geht’s! Introductory Conversational German - 7-11s

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Age Guidance 7-11 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Mondays, 16th, 23rd, 30th November

4.00-5.00pm


This event is now sold out. If you would like to be included on the waiting list, please register using the Book Tickets button below.


Free Sessions

In this online series for 7-11 year olds you will be introduced to the German language through real-life scenarios, including introducing yourself and making friends, shopping and ordering at restaurants, and exploring modern media. The lessons will be informal, conversational, and geared towards having fun and gaining basic skills and confidence speaking German. We’ll also explore some of the effects of the German language on English! The series will be tailored to participants’ interests so please contact Potential Plus UK (catherine.holden@potentialplusuk.org) if your child has specific learning goals and/or interests.

Esther Rzeplinski has been teaching children and youth in second language learning for nearly five years. She was raised in a German speaking family, studied German and has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past year where she’s taught with Berlitz. Language learning remains one of her greatest passions and joys in life.

Tickets are for a series booking of 3 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session. 

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 4.00pm – 5.00pm on the following dates.

  • Monday 16th November
  • Monday 23rd November
  • Monday 30th December

These lessons will be informal, conversational, and geared towards having fun and gaining basic skills and confidence speaking German.  The series will be tailored to participants’ interests so please contact Potential Plus UK (catherine.holden@potentialplusuk.org) if your child has specific learning goals and/or interests.

Skills Builder

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Anyone Can Write a Poem - 7-11s

Poet Paul Cookson, raising a cup of tea, behind a wall of custard cream biscuits

Age Guidance 7-11 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Tuesdays 17th, 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December

10.30-11.30am


This event is now sold out. If you would like to be included on the waiting list, please register using the Book Tickets button below.


Free Sessions

Paul Cookson is a poet, performer and national reading hero.

Anyone can write a poem – and have fun too! Come and join Paul Cookson for his online poetry workshops aimed at 7-11 year olds where he will guide, inspire and encourage you with your own poems. He will take you through tried, tested and trusted workshops that ensure success, participation, achievement and enjoyment. Whether poems about families, football, monsters, space, magic, school and much more – there will be something for everyone. If you’ve joined Paul before you know what to expect and if you haven’t – you are in for a treat.

Tickets are for a series booking of 6 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session.

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 10.30am – 11.30am on the following dates.

  • Tuesday 17 November
  • Tuesday 24 November
  • Tuesday 1 December
  • Tuesday 8 December
  • Tuesday 15 December
  • Tuesday 22 December 

Skills Builder

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Rough Science & Explorations - 11-14s

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Age Guidance 10-14 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Thursdays 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th, 17th Dec, 2020,
7th Jan, 2021

11.00am-12.00pm


This event is now sold out. If you would like to be included on the waiting list, please register using the Book Tickets button below.


Free Sessions

Jonathan Hare is a physicist, science communicator and television presenter. He was one of the first people to make and extract C60 Buckminsterfullerene, the football shaped molecule, and was one of the presenters on the BBC Rough Science series.

In this series explore the science and mathematics of a parabolic solar heater, Euler’s laws and the platonic solids, solar balloons, electricity and the Pelton wheel. The final session deals with the discovery of C60, Buckminsterfullerene and a free kit will be posted to you for this session.

Some of these online sessions, aimed at 11-14 year olds, require the participant to watch a video or print something prior to the workshop and bring along questions and queries (on the contents or beyond) to put to Jonathan for investigation in the session.

Tickets are for a series booking of 5 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session.  

If you have already taken part in Jonathan’s sessions earlier in the year, this series is not the one for you – keep an eye out for more opportunities coming soon. 

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 11.00am – 12.00pm on the following dates.

  • Thursday 26th November – Session 1 – Parabolic Solar Heater.
  • Thursday 3rd December  – Session 2 – Euler’s Laws and the Platonic Solids
  • Thursday 10th December – Session 3 – Solar Balloon
  • Thursday 17th December – Session 4 – Electricity and the Pelton Wheel
  • Thursday 7th January 2021 – Session 5 – The Discovery of C60, Buckminsterfullerene – A free kit will be posted to participants for this session.

 Some of these online sessions, aimed at 11-14 year olds, require the participant to watch a video or print something prior to the workshop and bring along questions and queries (on the contents or beyond) to put to Jonathan for investigation in the session. 

Skills Builder

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Codebreaking and Cryptanalysis

Age Guidance 10-14 Years

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Wednesdays Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Dec 2nd


This event is now sold out. If you would like to be included on the waiting list, please register using the Book Tickets button below.


Free Sessions

In this series you will be introduced to a selection of codes and ciphers and, more importantly, how to exploit their weaknesses to uncover the meaning of messages hidden using these algorithms. Throughout the series we’ll look at tougher ciphers and increasingly sophisticated mathematical techniques used to decrypt them, but even after the first session you’ll have acquired strong enough codebreaking skills to get started on annual competitions such as the National Cipher Challenge and the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition.

The sessions will be facilitated by Tom Briggs. Tom is a maths teacher who, after running a codebreaking club with his students, ended up at Bletchley Park for a few years teaching students about this brief but pivotal period in codebreaking history. Now he is a freelance maths educator developing opportunities to learn about the mathematics behind a variety of activities, phenomena and events – but he hasn’t left codebreaking behind!

Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every child who will be in attendance at the session.

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 4pm – 5pm on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 4th November
  • Wednesday 11th November
  • Wednesday 18th November
  • Wednesday 25th November
  • Wednesday 2nd December

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