Final Few Days
It’s the final few days of the Ryman November Novel Writing Competition Mission. The aim of the game is for our users to be as creative as possible and write…
“Children are already in the wonder why society. They wonder why leaves are green but hardly any of them are the same colour. They wonder why plants grow upwards and where flowers come from and why bees spend time around them. They wonder why frogspawn and they wonder why tummies rumble. As they grow older they wonder why grown ups struggle with the easy new technology and then moan about it because young people find it easy and deduce that it must be trite. Young people wonder why grown ups often seem to break their own rules.
Sometimes, when young people suddenly understand something, they wonder why they didn’t understand it already.
The Wonder Why Society is an open invitation to children and young people to engage with big ideas, philosophy, the seemingly insoluble problem and the puzzling conundrum. For the school, The Wonder Why Society is one of those resources that offers opportunities whilst making few demands. Somewhere on the web platform is another person with the expertise to address the questions that children ask and that leave many of us lost for a response.
Do think about getting involved; you’ll wonder why it has never been done before…”
Professor Mick Waters
“I thought I would send you an email following a safeguarding incident that happened this week and the prompt and effective way staff at Wonder Why dealt with the issue.
On Monday 30th October I received a safeguarding incident report from staff at Wonder Why identifying a potential issue around grooming as a question had been asked by one of our pupils. This wonder wasn’t published but flagged up immediately through your moderation system with the school and myself as the lead teacher for Wonder Why. Due to a training day I was unable to investigate this on the day but followed it up on the Tuesday morning, where it came to light that there had been potential incidents of grooming with one of our pupils in particular using an app (movie star planet) but two other girls were identified as frequent users on this app thus posing at risk. Police, parents and the local safeguarding board were all informed.
I would like to acknowledge the tight and vigorous moderation process you have set up at Wonder Why but also the effective way of informing schools. Due to your quick response and identification, a situation was dealt with effectively with no serious outcome to the young children at risk. Please pass my thanks to your staff.”
Deputy Head Teacher
Justine ReadDeputy Head, Abbey Primary School, Walsall
“I believe the Wonder Why initiative has opened doors to a new way of learning for all children, regardless of their age or academic ability.
It’s innovative, easy to use website stimulates children, giving them the opportunity to ask any question and find out the answer in a safe and secure way. It links children together, giving them the empowerment of their own voice.
As a tool in the classroom the possibilities are endless.”
David TomalinBirmingham Chamber of Commerce and School Governor
“It is allowing schools to utilise technology to best effect and connect with children. Best of all it is a collaborative tool, expanding the reach of our children in a safe and secure way. The possibilities could be endless.”
Lorely Burt, Baroness Burt of SolihullLiberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson
“The platform has the real power to bring change. To inspire children to be whatever they want to be.
It can really make a difference.”
Anthony HyettTeacher, Wolverhampton Learning Technologies Team
“The kids loved it and immediately started firing off questions and posts.”
Gavin HawkinsStrategic Lead, Wolverhampton Learning Technologies Team, Educational Advisory Board
“We are proud to be associated with The Wonder Why Society and see significant benefit for learners.
The digital component allows for real and authentic online communication and collaboration.
We see its potential to engage young people in a range of learning styles and help to embed the use of technology in a cross-curricular context.”
David TomalinBirmingham Chamber of Commerce and School Governor
“Wonder Why is changing the way that children can access learning in a safe and secure way, that allows them to explore the world, ask questions and allowing them to discover, explore and dream. It can open up the classroom environment, connect parents with their children’s thinking and allow teachers to guide, support and encourage children to learn about virtually anything.”
Alison WilliamsTeacher, St Laurence Primary School, Oxford
“The children are so enthused by the idea of a private space on the internet just for them.
For me, it is a great way of engaging the children’s learning beyond the classroom. The WWS provides a safe learning environment, one which the children really enjoyed.
It makes a teacher’s life easier, rather than causing onerous extra work. A great resource!”
Howard RoseBusiness Manager, Balsall Common Primary School
“I am sure The Wonder Why Society is going to be a fantastic resource for us. I would certainly recommend this to any other school and encourage them to get involved.
Also if you are a business and want to help inspire children please get in touch.”
Mr Mark GilbertHeadteacher, Abbey Primary School
“We found the speed with which a safeguarding issue was dealt with, exceptional. Professional and prompt liaison with the school, ensured that communication was made successfully with all relevant teachers and senior leaders, which came because of the speedy, rigorous moderation from Wonder Why.”
We are a social enterprise so we like to think we are a jolly nice bunch of people.
Emile is a bookworm who loves nothing more than finding out some incredibly interesting facts and sharing them with everyone. He also enjoys running and making music, making him a great all-round wonderer!
Molly is a whizz at numbers, a science boffin, she loves to sing, dance, act and much more! All of these things together make her the ideal wonderer and one of our most curious minds!
A Deputy Head, Justine is passionate about Wonder Why, as it not only helps teachers facilitate learning through technology but opens the doors to children’s curiosity in a safe and controlled way. She enjoys reading, going to the theatre, eating out & spending time with her family.
Emma is passionate about inspiring children, and sees the role of an educator as a privilege. Her goal? To empower children to succeed, regardless of the pathway that they may choose in life. Emma loves singing (laaa!) and theatre (ta-daaa!).