Gibside Summer Camp
We all have individual strengths. Our capacity to learn is great.
Many people are talented in the more creative side of life, whilst others excel in more logical and analytical disciplines. However, it is possible to be strong in all areas. We simply need to exercise our brains and open our minds to all aspects of learning.
Creativity allows us to generate ideas and come up with a range of possibilities. Through our logic and analytic skills we can make these ideas / possibilities become a reality.
Our aim is to engage young people to expand their creativity whilst ensuring they are able to develop reasoning and understanding.
We offer a range of appropriate activities for students aged from 8 to 15 years old.
The aim of each activity is to challenge every student. They will hypothesise (make predictions, assumptions), test their hypothesis (Experiment, try out ideas), analyse results (compare actual results to their hypothesis) and finally report on findings.
Every stage of the learning process will develop communication skills, enable sharing of ideas, verbal and non-verbal reasoning.
Through scientific activities we will enable students to explore a range of experiments, considering safety and the impact on our environment. Considering outcomes and possible further investigations.
Learning through drama can and will engage all students. Along with exploring a range of different subject matter, we can develop the language and communication skills of the children. For the younger children we will use simple rhymes and songs to introduce and develop the use of English. Older students will be challenged to improvise and explore characters.
The underlying principle of everything we do is to make learning fun whilst expanding the knowledge and understanding of the students.
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Learning lessons from the Summer camp of 2017, we decided to do things a little differently this year. Firstly, because of the high demand for taster courses in English schools, we decided to incorporate two weeks of taster course into this year’s camp. We would like to thank our partner schools for hosting our students and making them feeling welcome and loved.
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We had a great time in KMN Gibside Summer Camp 2017. It was a challenging four weeks on many levels, but I am sure everyone involved would agree that it was a success. The teachers reached across the cultural and linguistic barriers to engage the students and made sure they had a fantastic time.
Everything went to plan with the students doing English lessons every morning with Brian and his gang. They made things more interesting for the kids using art, drama, science and story telling. They did a variety of activities in the afternoon: golf with professional coaches, horse riding, archery, visits to the local science and history museum as well as a variety of sports activities.
Gibside was a beautiful venue and the staff were helpful. The kids especially enjoyed the play area on the other side of the site of outstanding beauty. We would often see deer, badgers, rabbits and foxes in this nature reserve.
We had a number of very positive comments from parents and students. A number of them have requested online lessons from the staff at the camp. Please select the link below to see the photo gallery of the activities the kids did during the KMN Gibside Summer Camp 2017.
Getting to know you.
A range of activities to find out a few interesting facts about each other.
Our amazing brain.
The simple science behind our brain and how it supports the learning process.
A range of challenges to encourage working with others. Collaborative learning in action.
Why shapes are used in everyday life. How are they used? What are the reasons for using them?…
The introduction to our challenge to use recycled materials to construct a model to be proud of. Groups created for the challenge.
Have you heard the story of the Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf?
If you’ve not heard it, that’s ok. If you have it’s time to look a little deeper.
Sink or swim!
Investigating buoyancy properties of many objects. Why do they float / not float? Apply our knowledge to model raft building
We know that soda fizzes when we shake it. What else creates a reaction? We will experiment with materials that may create a reaction. The Soda Geyser experiment.
Investigating the properties of projectiles. What makes them fly well? Would one style suit all purposes? Who knows what we will discover!!
Communication is Key.
Effective communication is an important part of our life. Time to test how well we communicate…
What a drama!
Developing the more creative side through a range of drama activities: improvising, role play, developing characters. Expressing ourselves through music. Singing some popular songs from well known musical productions. To compliment a fit an active mind we also need a fit and active body. We will supplement our afternoon sessions with a variety of sport based activities.
Gibside is a former manor estate of the Bowes-Lyon family, the same family as the Queen’s mother, and has the same Georgian architecture and landscaping as when it was built in the 18th century. It is now owned by the National Trust who have restored much of the original buildings with ongoing work to restore other parts of the grounds such as the main hall.
The original land was established by the Bishop of Durham in circa 1200 but were later settled by the Marley family who set up mills for cloth and corn processing and built the first hall. In 1540 the grounds were passed onto the Blakiston name through marriage. In 1620, a new hall was finished. In 1713, Sir Francis Blakiston died with no male heir and so the Gibside property passed onto his daughter who had married into the Bowes family. This family through George Bowes (1701 – 1760) would become rich through coal found in some of his other properties, racehorse breeding and iron works he helped finance. He was a man of many interests, rich and influential and was for some years Member of Parliament for County Durham. George Bowes did much work to improve Gibside by hiring Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the famous landscape architect of the 18th century. George also commissioned a banqueting hall, a column with the statue of British Liberty, new stables and an extension to the existing hall. An Orangery was also built and used for growing tropical plants and fruits.
When George died, his daughter inherited his estates and later married John Lyon, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (a Scottish title), who later took the name “Bowes”, as a condition of the will of George Bowes, in order to inherit the Bowes estate. They formed the Bowes-Lyon family, one of whose descendants was the late Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, known in Britain as The Queen Mother. Hence, George Bowes would be the present Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. Out of respect for his late father-in-law, John Lyon built a chapel in the grounds as a mausoleum, in which Bowes was finally interred by his grandson and heir, John Bowes-Lyon, when it was completed it in 1812.
After various disastrous and unorthodox marriages within the Bowes-Lyon family the 19th century, the grounds were neglected in the first half of the twentieth century. Queen Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI and mother of the current Queen, nee Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, passed on the estate to the National Trust in 1966.
Today the National Trust have done much to restore this historic property and have made Gibside a popular tourist site with much to do, see and experience. We have been honoured to be able to stay at the accommodation in the old stables deep within the grounds surrounded by the great work of Capability Brown, ‘England’s greatest gardener.’ There is plenty of room for the kids to explore nature, history and play. This is a beautiful part of England with many educational and fun facilities nearby such as Beamish open air museum, Newcastle city and castles galore. Together with our capable staff, all this will facilitate the children to learn English without realising they are learning.