Alistair Owens www.keen2learn.co.uk
A gap has been filled in the keen2learn portfolio with award winning educational games concerning personal, social and health education (PSHE). Users have been ”shocked” at the effectiveness of the games that cover a vital subject area in the National Curriculum.
“The keen2learn product team have been scouring the market but finding teaching resources in the form of educational games proved difficult until we came across Egar” said Alistair Owens managing director at keen2learn, he added “These award winning PSHE games Choice discussion cards are ideal for teachers, youth counsellors and parents”
Although Egar was started just a year ago it encompasses 25 years experience of the founder, Sue Scott-Horne, in teaching PSHE to schools and youth counselling groups. This experience was used to develop a expanding range of PSHE discussion cards. These present the subject area as educational games to entice children to open up and talk about key areas and develop their understanding. The games come with instructional cards for the teacher, youth leader or parent.
The 50 card sets cover everything from hoodies to love, anger to hygiene. Each set contains seven large instruction cards and a smaller set of answers cards with different words on them related to the subject under discussion. For example “addiction”, one card might be “alcohol”, another “drugs” and another “consequence”. These cards aren’t simply a discussion tool but can actually help change young people’s mindsets and attitudes through the learning thread that runs throughout. This in turn gives young people the chance to make better informed choices about the decisions in their lives. They also tie in with Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) as well as the governments “Every Child Matters” programme for a national framework to support the “joining up” of children’s services in education, culture, health, social care, and justice; ….
The range, launched last year, has already won several awards and received avid praise from users who have been “shocked” at the remarkable progress made in children’s understanding of these sometimes difficult areas. “Keen2learn believes these breakthrough games set a fun and interesting way to help many children understand the complex issues in society” said Alistair Owens.