We were lucky enough to have Nigel come into school for the day to work with 2 of our classes. Both the children and teachers had very positive things to say and had lots of fun. The children were engaged throughout the whole session and worked really well together on the activities. Nigel was so calm and able to take everything in his stride. We are hoping to have Nigel back in the future so more of our children will have the chance to enjoy Imagination Gaming.
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Chris is very helpful and passionate. The children really enjoyed working with him.
The children had a great day learning how to play new games with Chris. The sessions were well organised and games well matched to each groups abilities. The children are already excited to teach the other groups how to play the game they focused on in their session. Thank you.
Our gaming sessions with Chris were brilliant. He pitched the games at just the right level for the EYFS and even our nursery children were fully engaged.
The quality of the games is superb; the children can set them up and play them independently and they have had so much use already.
Chris is extremely professional, enthusiastic and passionate individual whom has a positive impact on the young children he works with.
Chris is very flexible in the sessions he provides and delivers for our children at KS2 Hendal. He has worked with KS2 children to improve their social and communication skills and develop resilience as well as to encourage positive learning experiences.
Children have had opportunities to take part in group and individual games.
Chris has worked hard to get to know the children and understand their individual needs through discussions with children and staff.
It's been fantastic ... we were confident it was completely Covid-safe...
It's been fantastic having Nigel back into school as the children absolutely love his sessions, and were so excited when we told them he was back in today.
The front-of-room sessions were just as engaging, stimulating and rewarding for the children and as everything was delivered through the interactive whiteboard through apple tv, we were confident it was completely Covid-safe.
As always, the range of games and activities allowed different children to succeed and...Read More
What a wonderful night!
Jill - There was a really good friendly atmosphere tonight. I think Imagination Gaming is just the right start for our new year as well.
Lindsay - Great evening, wish I had got round to trying some more of the games.
Gill - Thank you Imagination Gaming. It was a really fun evening with lots of different games that you don't normally see. Lots of educational ones too.
Di - What a wonderful night! I am going to recommend other groups I belong to, to book Imagination...Read More
...parents really enjoyed the after school activities and it gave them the chance to work closely as families...
Great day delivered by Imagination Gaming. Children were engaged and enjoyed the activities provided. Our parents really enjoyed the after school activities and it gave them the chance to work closely as families to solve and complete maths problems.
Here are a few quotes from children who took part in the day:
''I liked how we got to play different types of games from different countries and the games were exciting to play''
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"...a pleasure to see the children so engaged..."
It was a pleasure to see the children so engaged in the games taking place and there seemed a really purposeful and competitive atmosphere every time I came to see them.
They were really enthused and excited when I saw them leaving at the end of the day, which is testament to how much they enjoyed it.
The children got so much out of this and they were so engaged
As soon as children enter our school in nursery or reception, being imaginative, is an area that is identified as being an aspect that needs development in the EYFS curriculum. Children have limited opportunities to develop other skills such as turn taking and they are surrounded with technology. Imagination gaming helps to address these aspects. It also provides children with the chance to have fun whilst learning new skills and knowledge.
Here's a taste of the feedback from some...Read More
The children really enjoyed playing the different variety of games that were offered and working well in teams. It was interesting to see the different games for the children to help develop their vocabulary but also to develop their team game skills. It was a enjoyable and fun day.
when Chris or Nigel arrive with their own brand of enthusiasm and skills we see full participation and not just for short periods.
Once again the ‘simple’ provision of a few board games has provided a full day’s activity for all participants.
I work with a group of potentially very difficult young people who find it very hard to engage in many activities. However when Chris or Nigel arrive with their own brand of enthusiasm and skills we see full participation and not just for short periods.
It is a real pleasure to see the Xbox generation interact with each other in such a sustained, positive manner over...Read More
I found the visit extremely informative and there was a buzz around the classroom! The children where highly engaged in all of the activities and probably didn't even realise they were learning so much. It was great to see just how educational games can be and how effectively they can be used within the classroom so seamlessly.
Thankyou for a fantastic visit!
Royd Nursery Infant School
I really thought this was brilliant. The children got so much out of this and they were so engaged.
We had Chris come into both of our y1 classes. The games were great, well demonstrated and explained. The children were really engaged with all of the games. It helped our children to problem solve, work in teams and use there imagination. Fantastic day!
We had a brilliant session run by Chris from Imagination gaming. The games were challenging, engaging and fun for all abilities to work together. It was brilliant to see children building their memory retention, communication skills and team work!
development of many other skills such as communication and team work whilst having lots of fun.
The session Chris delivered featured a range of games that were all very engaging and challenged the children’s abilities!
It was very enjoyable for both the staff and children as it required imagination, in addition to the development of many other skills such as communication and team work whilst having lots of fun.
...a brilliant experience which engaged all year groups and parents too.
We invited Imagination Gaming into our school after a recommendation from another school in Sheffield. We booked 3 days and Chris was very experienced in guiding us in how to get the most from the time. It was a brilliant experience which engaged all year groups and parents too.
Chris was fantastic in meeting the needs of all year groups and the response from our children to the lunchtime club he offered was overwhelming. We have already included and are embedding this in our school...Read More
...developing communication, literacy and numeracy skills
Foundation Learning students enjoyed a fun session led by Nigel from Imagination Gaming playing board games aimed at developing communication, literacy and numeracy skills.
It was great to see staff and students talking, laughing, concentrating and embracing their competitive side with no electronic devices in sight.
Maybe we should all take something positive from this and play a board game at home tonight!Read More
Imagination Gaming do truly amazing things.
Imagination Gaming do truly amazing things.
In one hour, Nigel managed to turn disengaged learners into model students, pushing them out of their comfort zone and stretching them in the most clever way. The games are engaging and challenging while presenting as fun. The dynamic of the group changed in the hour we were with Nigel.
I’d highly recommend Imagination Gaming. An innovative alternative to classroom learning.
...great variety of games
Two great holiday sessions run at our club. Enjoyed by staff and children, great variety of games.
We are looking forward to you coming back
... great games both for fun and to help develop skills in the EYFS.
We all had lots of fun during the summer holidays when Jacqueline Williams came to Happy Days Childcare in Suffolk to introduce us to some of the great games on offer from Imagination Gaming.
We had a mix of ages from babies up to ten years attending on the day and she had games for all age groups. She introduced the games in an engaging, fun way. After explaining the rules she ran through the games with the children and the adults supporting them so they could carry on themselves....Read More
...they are especially skilled at working with those outside the mainstream
Imagination Gaming has been delivering an annual board games day for all pupils and parents in our school for children with Speech, Language and Communication needs for four years now, and we all look forward to it every year.
Nigel, Chris and Jacqui all show a great passion for board games in education, as well as an understanding of the needs of our S.E.N. pupils. They have a great rapport with the pupils and always keep them engaged and inspired. The games that they leave with us...Read More
I have in the past and will continue to recommended Imagination Gaming to any provision or school.
Imagination Gaming have been providing sessions at the SEND school I work at for some time now, they provide a wide range of games (of which I have never seen before and some have since even purchased myself) to suit all ages, abilities and emotional ranges.
Not only do the pupils throughly enjoy them but the staff do also. It gives our pupils a much needed chance to have fun and relax while not only having a educational experience but also learning important social skills like turn...Read More
The children absolutely loved the experience ...
The children of Sparken Hill Academy participated in a Games Day following some staff demonstrations given by the Imagination Gaming Team on an INSET.
The children absolutely loved the experience that was provided by the team. Learning through play is a way to capture children without them realising that they are learning. It also develops their interpersonal skills when play alongside/against peers. Imperative in the advancing technological age that we live in today.
The day was full of fun from start to finish... 100% recommend!
The day was full of fun from start to finish!
My Y4 pupils had an absolute blast learning how to play a wide range of educational games as well as few that were strategic and skill based. They than moved on to teaching their peers. The games we acquired are now used on a regular basis as a games after school club.
One of the best days they had had in school was a comment from one pupil! 100% recommend!
The games have taught children to take turns and accept when things don't go their way...
My class have taken to gaming incredibly well. They always ask me if it is their turn to play games this week.
The games have taught children to take turns and accept when things don't go their way. Chris is fantastic and has bags of enthusiasm which the children buy in to.
Thank you for sharing your games with us.Read More
...an array of fabulous games that would be sure to increase a range of mathematical skills.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their imagination gaming session!
They were taught to play an array of fabulous games that would be sure to increase a range of mathematical skills. The children showed great resilience and were able to follow clear instructions given to them by the tutor.
A great session.
The children are becoming more resilient...
Chris has a great range of games, that all the children thoroughly enjoy playing.
The children are learning so many fundamental skills - turn taking, building relationships with their peers and mathematical skills.
The children are becoming more resilient.
...encouraging a positive mindset to help their self esteem and confidence
Chris is so motivating each time he comes into school.
Pupils love his enthusiasm, encouraging a positive mindset to help their self esteem and confidence grow. He is diverse and creative with his own way of showing pupils different tactics and strategies to help with their social and interactive skills.
He has now built up a strong bond with some of our parents in our after school workshop.
...games continue to engage and inspire ALL of our children...
Chris and his wonderful breadth of games continue to engage and inspire ALL of our children to take turns whilst learning many mathematical skills. They are so 'in the zone' that they don't realise how much they are actually learning.
We love Chris' flexible approach and have used many games in many different ways. Whole class games, small group and paired work have had such a positive impact on our children.
Thank you Chris!
What a wonderful way to engage children with Mathematics!
What a wonderful way to engage children with Mathematics!
Children of all abilities have loved every second of working with Imagination Gaming and their broad spectrum of games. Lots of laughter and fun while the children work together to apply maths in contexts that are so varied that they don’t even realise they are learning.
Lots of parents brought their children to the after school club too and I am very pleased to say that there was no ‘hard sell’, just lots more fun while...Read More
...with challenging behaviours from some of our pupils, we decided that a new approach was needed.
We have worked with Chris for over a year now and it is definitely having a positive impact on our pupils.
Having looked at some of the issues we were facing with challenging behaviours from some of our pupils we decided that a new approach was needed. We needed to give our children experiences outside of technology that enabled them to play games with others, learn to take turns, learn patience, resilience and how to be gracious in defeat!
They absolutely love the gaming...Read More
I cannot recommend 'Imagination Gaming' enough and urge any school, or organisation... ...sign up...
Chris and 'Imagination Gaming' have had a positive impact on the learning, behavior and co-operation of children throughout the school. My own Y1 class now have a deeper sense of teamwork and a growing concept of how, together, problems can be overcome and goals achieved.
Chris has got to know the children and has built up a positive, professional relationship with both them and the adults in school.
I cannot recommend 'Imagination Gaming' enough and urge...
...always delivers an incredibly fun, top-notch event which everyone really enjoys.
Kirklees Libraries have worked with Chris and Imagination Gaming on regularly over many years now and we always really look forward to these events. He always delivers an incredibly fun, top-notch event which everyone really enjoys.
Recently we've hosted some inter-school tournaments with up to 8 schools playing games together. It was so lovely to see children from different schools mixing together, laughing and playing.
We have also run family workshops at various libraries...Read More
Visitors of all ages were engaged with a variety of games... ...a lot of fun was had by all!
Thank to to Chris for coming along to our Family Fun Day which we held to celebrate 10 years of our charity. It was great to have Imagination Gaming there and to offer the chance for visitors to play games as part of the day. The weather wasn't too kind to us so having plenty of entertainment inside was much needed! Visitors of all ages were engaged with a variety of games and it did get quite competitive!! A lot of fun was had by all!Read More
...games are well chosen and thought about to develop whatever the school is aiming to improve at that time...
I've known Chris for about 8 years from when I was Deputy at a school where Chris came in to do curriculum days and after-schools with each of the classes. It was the first time that I had seen anything like this provided for schools.
Chris relates so well to children of all ages and has a real knack of teaching games quickly so that they are not spending time listening to lots of rules but getting on and playing lots of games.
In the curriculum days, all the games are...
Staff have started using some of the games with intervention groups and our after-school games club started this week...
Thank you Chris for a great day on Friday. I got lots of positive feedback about the games.
Several members of staff have started using some of the games with intervention groups and our after-school games club started this week with an enthusiastic group of Y1 and Y2 children. Looking forward to the family of School days in June.
I did learn more things about the children...
Initially I think that many people were a little apprehensive in order to include Year 1 in the maths games. However I thought it would be good for them. It reinforces all the skills which were taught in the EYFS about turn taking, working together and problem solving.
My current Year ones are generally quite excitable with some very strong personalities who do clash. The children though are given a very clear, no nonsense run down of the rules each time and know if they didn’t follow...Read More
Their teamwork skills along with their language and mathematical understanding are definitely being developed under the watchful eye of Chris
Chris has been working in my class with small groups since September. The individuals within the group have a range of extremely challenging behaviour issues. Chris has built up an excellent rapport with these children. They look forward to his sessions and are enthusiastic upon their return. He has developed their ability to take turns, accept that they are not always going to win and to follow rules within the game. For these children these skills are quite a challenge!
The content and class management of Chris's sessions are excellent
The children really respond to Chris’s sessions, it’s one of the highlights of their week. In them, Chris uses games, particularly maths-based games, to promote analytical thought and team-building. The content and class management of his sessions are excellent.
In addition, he also offers smaller group work, and I find this particularly beneficial, because during these sessions I can target the children to work with him, leaving me able to target other children or groups in the class...Read More
Flexible, conscientious and consistent, IG offer a innovative approach... ...highly regarded within the organisation
For the past 4 years IG have worked with Sheffield City Council’s Sheaf Training provision to deliver provision to learners with Education Health and Care Plans and who require support for a wide range of Special Education Needs and learning difficulties.
Initially commissioned work was targeted toward young adults who struggled with anxiety diagnoses and social skills, however we have recognised the benefits of IG sessions for others with developmental delays and challenging...Read More
The children LOVE imagination gaming
Staff Feedback from The Mill
The imagination gaming sessions have engaged all of the children in Year 2. They have enabled children to use knowledge and skills in maths in different contexts as well as enhancing their social skills.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the imagination gaming sessions. As a member of staff I feel they have not only had fun learning without realising, they have learnt how to play together and in teams.
The children love working with Nigel...Read More
All our learners especially the lower level cohort excelled within these activity days
I have used Imagination Gaming many times in the past few years. Both in the role of extended services and within the school framework.
These workshops were aimed at encouraging young people to play together and improve communication through a range of unusual board games that they may not have met before. They focus on the social and educational benefits of playing new and traditional games.
The comments from our young people both as extended activity days during the holidays...Read More
They are very enthusiastic, engaging and sensitive with our students
We are a specialist school provision for children aged 8 to 19 who have special educational needs relating to speech, language and communication. We have been involved with Imagination Gaming since we opened nearly three years ago. Nigel came to us in July 2016 and Chris in July 2017, to deliver a whole day of board games, and we are looking forward to welcoming Nigel back again this year.
The board games days have been a great success. Nigel and Chris liaised with us in advance to...Read More
They learn well and think hard...all with smiles and 100% engagement! Recommended without reservation.
Andrew Ralph, Headteacher, Greenfield Primary. 20/01/2016
I first met Nigel after he blagged his way past the office staff to have a chat about using games as a vehicle to improve thinking skills, self esteem, engagement and attainment. I expected the usual flannel and then the price tag. However, I was very surprised when he produced several of the games and explained them and within a couple of minutes we were playing one. I was immediately 'sold' then and remain so now...Read More
The focus, attitude and improvements they made were superb to see.
Nigel (Imagination Gaming) came into our year 5 class this morning with a new game to support writing, something that we find a real challenge! WOW!!!! We spent the entire morning writing.
After initially using the prompt cards to support the creation of images to help our writing, we were all eager to share how we could develop these to write amazing stories.
Every child was able to join in at their own level.
The focus, attitude and improvements they made were...Read More
I would definitely recommend Imagination Gaming
What a treat we had this week. A whole day of fun, challenging games for our Key stage 2 children. Imagination Gaming are the perfect way to get children engaged in word games, maths puzzles, shape awareness, working as part of team and laughing along the way.
Some of our children said “It was the best day ever!” It was also lovely to see parents and grandparents playing games with their children during the after school activity.
Imagination Gaming staff were also...Read More
We have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible in their approach to supporting young people from a range of different backgrounds and abilities
As an Assistant Service Manager for Enrichment and Learning my rolee involves managing the Children’s University team in Sheffield and supporting enrichment and youth work projects in the city.
Sheffield Children’s University, part of Sheffield City Council, has worked with Imagination Gaming for several years as one of our accredited Learning Destinations. Nigel and Chris have provided a reliable and high quality service to young people in the city using modern board and...Read More
When Chris or Nigel arrive with their own brand of enthusiasm and skills we see full participation and not just for short periods.
My role is to provide a link between the care staff and the education team who organizes and arranges all extracurricular activities for the residents to take part in.
The environment the young people reside is to provide a safe, caring yet controlled environment in which young people are enabled to address personal difficulties and so move on to make positive contributions to their family and communities.
Our core objective is to enable and encourage emotional, behavioral and...Read More