SPARK THINKING – the global events and communications agency – has launched a joint initiative with a Nottingham-based primary school which aims to encourage the creative confidence of Year 6 pupils.
‘Inspo Club’ is a new-concept lunchtime club for children in their final year at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, and is the brain-child of SPARK THINKING’s Head of Global Sales Support, Janina Monaghan, who describes it as ‘a place where they can unleash their creativity, collaborate with others and have fun!’
Year 6s will get the chance to talk about creativity and what it means to them, explore new technology, look at where ideas come from, bringing them to life through play, and generally be curious about the world around them!
“At SPARK THINKING, we place great emphasis on the benefits of thinking creatively, and we continually encourage our staff to do this through initiatives and rituals designed to spark their imagination,” explains Janina. “I’m inspired every day by the talented people I work with and I want to be able to share what I learn – what better audience than the next generation?”
It was through one of these initiatives – SPARK Shorts, a lunchtime workshop where employees are encouraged to share creative experiences, hobbies or ideas with their colleagues – that Janina was inspired to take SPARK Shorts on tour into the classroom.
“Bringing SPARK Shorts on tour into a school in the form of ‘Inspo Club’ – a name that I believe the children will connect with and which captures the club’s ethos – seemed a natural step, as it’s a way we, as a business can share our experiences and support young people, ” says Janina. “But I’m confident we’ll gain as much, if not more, from the children themselves.”
Head teacher of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, Clare Allsopp, shares Janina’s belief in the power of the children’s limitless imaginations.
“Children have a natural creativity and enquiring minds, which if encouraged and retained, will benefit their future careers and indeed their lives in immeasurable ways,” says head teacher Clare Allsopp. “We are always open to new ways of learning for our pupils and we’re excited to be partnering with such an inspirational, forward-thinking agency that values creativity so highly.”
SPARK THINKING’s Inspo Club will run for 6-weeks and will introduce the children to a broad spectrum of topics. To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.