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Families learn and have fun together! Family learning takes place in a number of schools, children’s centres, libraries and community venues in Merton. The courses offer a whole range of activities where families can learn new skills and have fun together. Families may consist of one adult member of the family who could be a parent, carer, grandparent, uncle, aunt or other family member and one or several children.

The courses encourage parents and carers to be more active in supporting their children’s learning both at school and at home.

Family Learning Festival

This year, Merton Adult Education’s free Family Learning Festival will run from 5-30 October 2014 to encourage parents, carers and children to have fun learning together. Our main event being held at Whatley Avenue on 18th October with free activities for all the family including messy play, science, knitting and crochet, mask making, cooking and lots more. Free one-off sessions will also be held around the borough during this month. View the Family Learning Festival 2014 booklet online or call 020 8274 5222 for more details.

How to book a place

These are some of the activities that Merton Adult Education will be holding during the Family Learning Festival. All Family Learning Festival events are offered to adult members of the family and their children. The adult member could be a parent, carer, grandparent, aunt, uncle or an adult brother or sister.

All activities are free!

For more information or to join in the fun, call us on 020 8274 5222 unless otherwise stated. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Merton Adult Education Family Learning Festival Fun Day!

Saturday 18 October, 1 – 4pm, Merton Adult Education, Whatley Avenue SW20 9NS

We are holding an afternoon of great activities, for children and adults to attend together. You can enrol before the day by telephoning 0208 274 5222 or coming in to the Merton Adult Education Whatley Centre.

On the day you can join any of the appropriate table top activities listed below and also sign up for the fantastic activities listed that have limited numbers on who can attend. You can also turn up and enrol on the day. On enrolment quote Course Code FL01N

Table top activities in the gym 1 – 4pm

Family – The Big Draw!

‘IT’S OUR WORLD’ – join in to create a giant drawing We’ve all got something to say about the world we live in. Whether you think it’s good, bad, or ugly now’s your chance to have your say. Have a think about what you love or hate about our world then come along and draw it. For this project we’ll be working direct onto a giant sheet of paper using pencils, crayons, chalk and charcoal.

‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’
A table top drawing and gluing activity. What would you do if you lived in outer space? Why would you be there? What would you expect to see? Perhaps you would see a ‘Noah’s Ark’ in space. It’s time to invent a new world. Before we start the project we’ll need as many hands as possible to draw ‘outer space’ on a giant sheet of paper. It’s messy but great fun. Don’t worry we’ll bring loads of wet-wipes. YOUR world in space. For ages 3 and upwards.

Family Maths
Try some maths fun games with playing cards + Make your own maths games in a few minutes = Get counting and shaping and have some family fun! For ages 5-12, one or two children with each adult family member.

Family Messy Play
A chance for you and your children to enjoy a range of messy materials such as cornflour, jelly, spaghetti and much more… and the best part is you don’t have the mess in your own home. One or two children aged 0 to 5 years can attend with one adult family member.

Family Science
In this session, families will learn how to make balloon rockets, “burp in a bottle” and have fun trying science experiments. Up to two children aged 5 years and over with one or two adult family members.

Family Knitting and Crochet
Come and try your hand at the traditional crafts of handknitting or crochet. See demonstrations of techniques, and examples of stitch patterns and finished work. Experiment with different yarns, and unravel the mysteries of tension squares! Why not fish out that abandoned project and bring it along for inspiration and advice? One child aged 5 years and over can attend with one adult family member.

Family Mask Making
All age fun where you have the chance to make your own mask. Using cardboard, paper, collage and paint you can cut your own mask out and decorate it. Ideal for anyone who enjoys gluing, sticking and craft. Up to two children aged 4 years and over with one or two adult family members.

Guests attending on the day!

Polka Theatre
2.30 and 3.30 pm
Have a lovely time meeting ‘Grandad’. Story telling activities from Polka Theatre, in conjunction with their ‘Grandad, Me … and Teddy Too’ show, which is on at The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon between 8 Oct 2014 – 8 Feb 2015. “Someone special is coming to visit…” For families with children of 2 and upwards.

Merton Music Foundation
We are very lucky to have music on the day from Merton Music Foundation. Come along to listen, have fun and find out more.

Sew Pretty Me
Sewing workshop for parents and kids. Is your child age 6 and enjoys making things? Then we are sure to have a sewing craft activity that they will love! Make your favourite animal key ring or even Xmas decoration and learn a useful skill. Sew Pretty Me run an after school sewing club for kids as well as sewing and craft classes during the school holidays. Find out more on the day. Up to two children aged 6 and over with one or two adult family members can attend per family.

Activities to sign up to on the day

Please sign up for these activities on the day as there will be limits on the numbers that can attend because of space and materials. All materials are included – have fun!

Family Printing
1.15 – 2.15pm

You will be able to create your own work of art using printing techniques. Get creative with printing using everyday items such as combs, sponge, balls, bottle tops to leaves. Up to two children aged 6 and over with one or two adult family members can attend per family.

Family Photography – Light Pictures
1 – 3pm

Turn an ordinary photographic scene into something amazing using a camera and torch to create your very own light painting. Learn how to inject a little electricity into your images and learn how to capture light trails, using portable lights, headlights or long exposure to create your own masterpiece. One child aged 5 years and over can attend with one adult family member.

First Aid for Families
1 – 2pm and 2.15 – 3.15pm (two individual sessions)

Come and learn the basics of First Aid including what to do in an emergency, how to apply bandages and a lot more. Up to two children aged 6 and over with one or two adult family members can attend per family.

Funky Flowers
1 – 2.30pm

Families will get a chance to learn some of the first techniques of flower arranging. At the end of the session, flowers arrangements can be taken to display at home. One child aged 5 years and over can attend with one adult family member.

Family Jewellery Making
1.15 – 2.15pm for ages 5-10

Families will have a chance to design and make beaded necklaces and bracelets, learning basic stringing techniques. At the end of the session, families can take the jewellery items home. One child aged between 5-10 years can attend with one family member.

2.30 – 3.30pm for ages 10 and over
Families will learn to make charms from scratch and how to attach them correctly to make unique charm bracelets. At the end of the session, families can take the jewellery items home. Up to two children from age 10 and over can attend with one family member

Family Healthy Cooking
1 – 3pm

Families will make healthy pizzas and a dessert, to eat here or take home! Learn how to cook for the family! All food is provided. For children aged 8 to 12, who can attend with one family member per child.

 

Family Learning Festival Activities around the Borough

Enrol for these sessions with Merton Adult Education before the day to guarantee places. There may be spare places if you turn up on the day, but places will be limited due to space and materials. Telephone 0208 274 5222 quoting the course code to enrol. Everything is free – so enjoy yourselves and try something new! For all sessions adults need to be present and involved.

St Marks Family Centre

28 St Mark’s Rd, Mitcham CR4 2LF

Funky Flowers
Tuesday 28 October, 10am – 12 noon

Families will get a chance to learn some of the first techniques of flower arranging. At the end of the session, flowers arrangements can be taken to display at home. One child aged 5 years and over can attend with one adult family member.
Course Code FL12N

Acacia Intergenerational Centre

230 Grove Rd, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 1SD

Dressing Up Stories
Wednesday 29 October, 10am – 12 noon

Enjoy a traditional story with opportunities to dress up. Have fun discussing the story, characters and descriptions. Make an art and craft object to take home. Up to two children between 5 – 8 years old can attend with one or two adult family members
Course Code FL16N

Donald Hope Library

Cavendish House, High Street, London SW19 2HR

Family Manga
Thursday 23 October, 4 – 6pm

Create your own Japanese comic characters and learn the basic techniques of manga drawing. Up to two children aged 4 and over can attend with one family member.
Course Code FL04N

Family Card Making
Monday 27 October, 2 – 4 pm

In this enjoyable session, families will be able to make their own handmade cards that they can use to send to family and friends. This will be a creative session with lots of hands on fun for adults and children alike. Up to two children aged 5 and over can attend with one or two adult family members.
Course Code FL09N

Mitcham Library

157 London Rd, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 2YR

Family Card Making
Friday 24 October, 4 – 6pm

In this enjoyable session, families will be able to make their own handmade cards that they can use to send to family and friends. This will be a creative session with lots of hands on fun for adults and children alike. Up to two children aged 5 and over can attend with one or two adult family members.
Course Code FL08N

Family Manga
Monday 20 October, 10am – 12 noon

Create your own Japanese comic characters and learn the basic techniques of manga drawing. Up to two children aged 4 and over can attend with one family member.
Course Code FL02N

Family Healthy Eating – You are what you eat!
Wednesday 22 October, 10am – 12 noon

How do unhealthy snacks affect our health? What is in your favourite take-away meal? What are the effects of sugary drinks on our teeth? Find out some interesting, surprising and shocking facts about snacks and drinks and how to make healthier choices for your family.
Course Code FL07N

Morden Library

Merton Civic Centre, Morden SM5 5DX

Family First Aid
Thursday 23 October, 10am – 12 noon

Come and learn the basics of First Aid including what to do in an emergency, how to apply bandages and a lot more. Up to two children aged 6 and over with one or two adult family members can attend per family.
Course Code FL06N

Family Manga
Monday 27 October, 10am – 12 noon

Create your own Japanese comic characters and learn the basic techniques of manga drawing. Up to two children aged 4 and over can attend with one family member
Course Code FL05N

Pollards Hill Library

South Lodge Ave, Mitcham CR4 1LT

Family British Sign Language
Monday 27 October, 2 – 3.30pm

Learn how to communicate without words: Learn how to greet people, How to use the British Sign Language alphabet to spell your name ask simple questions and also learn the importance of non-verbal communication. For families with children age 5 and over.
Course Code FL10N

Family Manga
Friday 31 October, 1 – 3pm

Create your own Japanese comic characters and learn the basic techniques of manga drawing. Up to two children aged 4 and over can attend with one family member
Course Code FL03N

Wimbledon Library

Wimbledon Hill Rd, London SW19 7NB

Action Songs
Wednesday 22 October,10am – 12 noon

Enjoy stories and chat about the story. This will involve sticking cotton wool on paper to make a sheep, then Action Songs. Up to 2 children can attend with each family member for the under 5’s.
Course Code FL15N

Family Fun Art
Friday 24 October,10am – 12 noon

Use drawing and painting materials to create your own art. The tutor will be on hand to suggest ideas and explain how materials can be used. Up to two children aged 6 and over can attend with one family member.
Course Code FL11N

Dressing Up Stories
Monday 27 October, 10am – 12 noon

Enjoy a traditional story with opportunities to dress up. Have fun discussing the story, characters and descriptions. Make an art and craft object to take home. Up to two children between 5 – 8 years old can attend with one or two adult family members
Course Code FL14N

Jewellery Making
Friday 31 October, 2 – 4pm

Families will have a chance to design and make beaded necklaces and bracelets, learning basic stringing techniques. At the end of the session, families can take the jewellery items home. One child aged between 5-10 years can attend with one family member.
Course Code FL13N

For more information and any course suggestions or to find out whether we are running a Family Learning course in your area or school please call us on 020 8274 5222.

Wider Family Learning Programmes

These free courses give families the chance to learn and have fun together whilst trying out new activities in a relaxed environment. The courses can take the form of a short workshop or longer 12 or 20 hour programmes and can focus on a theme or activity.
Courses that have been offered include:
Family IT, Family Science, Family Spanish, Family Mosaics, Family Photography, Family Manga, Family Cooking, Funky Flowers, Stories in Action, Family Fabrics, Family Dance, Family First Aid, Family Arts and Crafts and a lot more.

Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy Programmes

These programmes aim to help parents and carers to understand how literacy and numeracy are taught so that they can support their children’s learning.

Programmes take place in different venues across Merton. The contents vary depending on the age of the children. An example is the Keeping up with the Children courses which look at how either literacy or numeracy are taught in primary schools today and update parents and carers’ skills to enable them to help their children. We also run Family ESOL courses for parents who have English as a second language and courses such as Letters and Sounds and Numbers and Shapes for parents with children under five. There can be many benefits gained from attending a Family Learning course, including the improvement of children’s schoolwork as their literacy and numeracy improve and an increase in their enthusiasm towards learning and involvement with teachers. If you are interested in attending a course, please contact us. Look out for Family Learning courses at your school, children’s centre or family centre.

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