Ripley turns into a School of Dreams

Pupils from Ripley St Thomas Academy, Cockerham Parochial Primary School and Forton Primary School with Ian Greene from Lancaster Honda at the Honda School of Dreams, which was held at Ripley Academy on Friday.

Pupils from Ripley St Thomas Academy, Cockerham Parochial Primary School and Forton Primary School with Ian Greene from Lancaster Honda at the Honda School of Dreams, which was held at Ripley Academy on Friday.

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Pupils at a Lancaster school were taught the importance of following their dreams in a special workshop.

Ripley St Thomas CE Academy was visited by Honda’s School of Dreams team, which provided a free two-day ‘thinking skills’ workshop for nine to 13-year-old pupils and their teachers.

The event was supported by Lancaster Honda, and their staff joined in the workshop, as well as pupils from Cockerham Primary School and Forton Primary School.

The School of Dreams programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams, and teaches skills and strategies to help turn their dreams into reality. It was developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts as part of Honda’s commitment to give back to the local community.

School of Dreams helps students and educators discover different, creative and fun ways to learn. Over the last five years, School of Dreams has been delivered in more than 180 schools across the UK. Additionally, the programme has been designed to create an on-going legacy beyond each workshop.

Students are encouraged to become ‘sharers’ and ‘doers’, by both taking what they have learnt and cascading it to others, and by organising team projects which aim to change something in their local community for the better.

The programme runs an awards scheme which recognises this sharing and doing, as well as offering financial assistance and a range of support materials.

In many cases local Honda representatives have become ‘mentors’, helping teams of students to turn their legacy projects into reality.

The School of Dreams programme has been carefully mapped against the National Curriculum’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework. Over the course of the two days pupils experience all ten of the learning strategies identified in the ‘Leading in Learning’ education initiative.

Jeff Armer, general sales manager at Lancaster Honda, said: “It is great to support the workshop in one of our local schools. Helping children understand they can turn their dreams into reality by learning to use strategies in their early lives will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the local community.”