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The Team invests in creative and digital skills for primary school children

As part of its on-going CSR commitment, The Team supported The Little House of Fairy Tales in their staging of a unique creative activity day.

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On Friday 4th October The Team were the proud sponsors of this year’s The Little House of Fairy Tales event. Now in its 3rd year it brings together parents, creatives, teachers and the local community in hosting a creative activity packed day for children aged 4 to11 at a Paddington based primary school.

The day got off to an exciting start with a giant cardboard monster build in assembly to get the kids enthused and hyped up for the day ahead. At 9:30 they were let loose on 18 dynamic activities that included: eco car building, jewellery making, Jackson Pollock inspired painting, improvised drama and a Ukulele master class, covering the spectrum of art, design, science and technology.

In advance of this years ‘2013 Global Cardboard Challenge’– an event that encourages children from around the world to make sculptures out of cardboard, The Little House of Fairy Tales had their very own ‘Cardboard Challenge’. What was a regular classroom filled with mountains of cardboard was quickly transformed (by the children’s imaginations and creativity) into a wonderland of robots, spaceships, totem poles and even a helter skelter. Some of the sculptures were presented by our very own Nick Corston on BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning to six million viewers.

The Team hosted the ‘Coder Corner’ activity which saw over two hundred 4 to11-year-old pupils code their first computer game ‘Banana Breakout’ on a £25 Raspberry Pi computer. On the day we were joined by some members of our digital team including Head of Digital Dave Dunlop who commented on the event:

“As the head teacher described ‘no other school in the country does this, we are so lucky’ – and what a shame they don’t. It was great to see how naturally children applied themselves to so many of the creative tasks, almost as though they were born with creativity inside!”

Kevin Mackenzie, MD of The Team added:

“It was only natural for The Team to support the Little House of Fairy Tales initiative as part of our commitment in supporting tech and creative education projects. As the MD of a creative agency, we obviously recognise the need to encourage creativity from an early age, and with experience of working for over decade with The Technology Futures Unit at The Department for Education, creativity projects in schools are very close to our hearts.”

A hugely fun filled day that was an explosion of creativity and imagination (and some glitter, paint, gadgets and gizmos), The Little House of Fairy Tales and The Team brought a sprinkle of magic and inspiration to an ordinary school day.

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