What is Children’s University?
Children’s University is a national charitable organisation giving 5 to 14 year olds exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. Children’s University’s innovative Passport to Learning encourages children from the age of 5 to try new learning experiences in and outside of school; at after school clubs, at home, in the local library, museum or further afield.
This adventure encourages children to see the joy of learning, giving a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops their
confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures.
How does it work?
An important principle of the Children’s University is that participation is voluntary. Every time a student takes part in one hour of voluntary learning they gain credits towards Children’s University. Once registered through school, young people can gain credits from participating in school led activities or from learning at validated Learning Destinations. Local Learning Destinations include Lancashire Library Service, Farmer Ted’s Park, WWT Martin Mere, Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire Museums, Halfords Bike Club, Pets at Home plus a variety of individual local activities; Football, Gymnastics, Tennis, Tae-kwon-do, Dance, Music, Scouts, Guides and many more.
Sharing our learning
The range of activities the children take part in is vast and they should be proud of their effort and achievement in all they do. On here we will share some of the fun activities and challenges the children have been taking part in.
If you have any pictures of anything your child has done which you would like to share with us please send them to
The children are also given the opportunity to join monthly masterclasses, when relevant to their ages. These live Zoom meetings are an amazing opportunity for the children to meet experts in their field. So far they have met:
- author, animator and illustrator, Curtis Jobling (creator of Bob the Builder and Ra-Ra the noisy Lion – amongst others)
- Professor Robert Walsh, Solar Physicist from UCLan talking about “Storms in Space! Our Planet, our Star and Space Weather”
- Lady Jane of Hoghton Tower, who told us all about what it is like to live in Lancashire over 400 years ago at the time of the first Queen Elizabeth.
- Wildlife SOS - a talk about the work of Wildlife SOS and their rehabilitation of elephants. with a live link to an elephant sanctuary in India.
Coming up - for Y2 to Y6
Astrophysicists from Liverpool John Moores University will take the children on a journey through space. Expect fun facts, exciting demonstrations and a chance to have space questions answered by experts.
The children will
- Be challenged by our fun, festive quiz
- Create their own constellations
- Have a go at some cosmic yoga
- Track the elves search for Santa’s lost presents on a map of the universe