Our Big Outcomes
Big Outcomes are events designed and implemented by our children over the course of a number of weeks or even months. The children decide what they are aiming for and how to get there. They then carry out all the tasks to get there - from negotiating the price of a bus for a bus tour to designing the marketing for a show to creating the products to sell. Each year group from Reception creates a Big Outcome. They can range from children running their own Pudding Lane shop to creating a coffee shop from scratch, holding an upcycled auction or creating an art gallery. Over the years the ideas have been many and plentiful and at Maritime, we involve the children in planning and creating these opportunities.
Ideas to Save the Planet
In 2019 we held our first Maritime expo which pulled together learning from all of our schools - a culmination of work to create our Maritime Big Outcome. ‘Ideas to Save the Planet’ saw 600 eco-warriors aged 4-12 from 7 of our schools spanning Greenwich, Bexley and Medway join forces to showcase and celebrate ingenious inventions to make our world a better place.
Creations ranged from a whale designed to consume plastic waste from our seas, robotic bees to pollinated plants in the face of global bee extinction, an eco-friendly washing machine driven by pedal power and a tree cloning machine designed to generate much-needed oxygen for our planet.
Children keen to share their ideas travelled to Gillingham from schools based across London and the South East. The Trust at the time comprised Featherby Infants and Juniors, Brooklands Primary in Blackheath, Greenacres Primary in Eltham, Millennium Primary in Greenwich, Nightingale Primary in Woolwich and Timbercroft Primary in Plumstead.
Even Early Years pupils from Featherby Infant School got on board with the eco-action by cleaning up the environment around the school and turning their discoveries into instruments and jewellery. Tia from Yellow Class in Reception explained her creation: “I found an old egg box in a bush, and I made it into a drum with stickers and glue.”
Carole Hornsby, Education Director and lead for setting up the Expo commented: “Children have an opportunity to learn about the importance of looking after their environment and this has to be a collective responsibility. We need to change people’s mindset to do this.”
The whole event was 100% sustainable too – waste food and coffee cups were composted and crisp packets were saved for recycling into emergency thermal blankets! Check out some of our footage from the day above.