Christmas tree competition

Childhood studies students stood around a christmas tree

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 13:03:00 GMT

As part of their course work, second year students from the Childhood Studies BA(Hons) and the Early Primary Education with QTS BA(Hons) took on the challenge to compete against each other to plan, design, create and decorate the best Christmas tree with a theme linked in a meaningful way to their area of study. Laura Howard, a childhood studies student, said “It felt great to have worked as an effective team…I feel that I became more aware of my skills that can be used effectively…” 

Vicky Marsland, also a childhood studies student commented “I found the task of decorating the Christmas tree rewarding and beneficial. It promoted the idea of team work, in small groups and as a whole. Commitment was required as many people completed ideas and decorations in their own time…it was an enjoyable experience. I also enjoyed the competition, promoting/representing the course, being proud of what we have achieved and working closely with the tutors. It made us really think of what we have learnt and how we could connect that to the Christmas Carol, looking at poverty laws and work houses along with children’s past experiences. We also look at current newspaper headlines affecting children. I hope future years enjoy the experience as much as I have.”

The trees were displayed in the foyers of the Lockside and Canalside East building at the University and judged by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tim Thornton on 6 December.  On viewing trees he said “Both trees were a credit to the students - well designed, thoughtful, and clearly reflective of their learning on their courses.  It was difficult to make a choice.”Denise Chadwick, course leader for the childhood studies course added “We hope you all took the time to view and enjoy the completed trees and supported the hard work and effort from all students involved in this competition.”

Congratulations to the Childhood Studies students for winning the competition. 



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