International Case Studies

Connecting Classrooms around the world

See how our learning programmes translate into different countries and different cultures – IP unites and connects classrooms around the world!

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DSCN8716Programme: Changing the world through optics

This is a minimum of 15 hour modular programme, with the first six hours designed to give children an insight into the work of photographers and the specialist areas in which they work. Workshops are designed to give students an insight into specialist areas of optical engineering, together with the opportunity to use optics to solve real life problems. This programme is designed for 7 – 11 year olds.

The programme, includes our exciting Small Innovation Workshops, which are designed to support and advise students and teachers on how to use the subject of optics and produce tangible working models for products with real life applications in areas that have enterprise opportunities for schools as a whole. The main areas that we look at include: Optical Design engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Medical engineering and Cinematography lenses.

Connecting Classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in the West Midlands, UK and AnZhen No.2 Primary School, Beijing China, Stolbtsy No.3 School, Stolbtsy Minsk, Belarus, Ecolé Saint Exupery, Cholet, France, Ecolé des Turbaudières, Cholet, France, Stefan Luchian Arts High School, Botosani, Romania, Ruwanwella Maha Vidyalaya School, Udamulla, Sri Lanka, Ulriksberg School, Vaxjo, Sweden.


DSCN9759Programme: Visual Technologies

Designed with variations for students from 7 to 17 years, this is a comprehensive and practical programme, and is built around 20 modules. The aim of the programme is learn new skills based on photography and digital imagery and then elevate and translate this learning into the everyday world and the future world of work. The modules are highly practical and encourage lots of hands on application – regardless of the age or ability of the student. Starting with digital photography techniques, the students explore emerging industries and how optical imagery can be adapted into burgeoning industries and potentially exciting careers. Modules include an emphasis on a range of life skills including effective teamwork, innovating to problem solve, motivating and leading, planning and working to deadlines, effective communication and negotiation, research skills, critical thinking and exploring what success looks like.

Connecting Classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Hartlepool in the North East of England, UK and St Mark’s School, Ghana, Makini School, Malawi, TLC School, South Africa, Kaputu School, Kenya, South City School, India.


DSCN7952Programme: Innovation in Photography

We use photography and visual media to bring a range topics to life in a fun and engaging way. Visual media is accessible to a wide range of students and allows them to express themselves at a level that suits their personal abilities. This programme takes our popular Digital Photography course, which gives pupils a great introduction into how to use a camera and take better images, and extends it, through the integration of Maths and Science into the world of Optical design and Aerospace Engineering. The programme is composed of 20 modules which cover a range of topics including using a digital camera to create effective photographs, landscape and perspectives, architectural photography, silhouettes, compositions and montages. All modules include practical projects to engage students including experiments with lenses and creating a technical manual.

Connecting Classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Hertfordshire, UK and Ndeco Primary School, North West Zambia.


DSCN7524Programme: Discovering imaging in a global education

This 10 module programme is aimed at connecting students in a visual way to encourage them to think and behave like citizens of the world. Using digital photography as a vehicle for learning, this programme covers all aspects of using a camera to create and tell stories. This approach transports students, aged from 7 to 11 years, into wide ranging topics such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and ‘using photography as a force for good’. This is a thoughtful and creative programme aimed at encouraging students to widen their world view and develop their global approach to living in a changing world.

Connecting Classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in East Sussex and Jueces de Castilla International Primary School in Burgos, Spain.


DSCN8164Programme: Design and Making Solutions for Cinema Cameras

As film directors set the challenge of filming ever more ambitious sequences, it falls upon the cameraman to seek solutions to those problems. In this 10 module programme we will explore some of these issues and set students aged 7 – 11 years the challenge of designing and making a way of holding a compact camera steady while moving in shooting a sequence of film. Topics covered include generating and communicating ideas, producing and directing a video sequence, modifying the scene and making changes, and presenting the finished film to the class. This is a highly practical and engaging programme for students of all abilities.

Connecting Classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Surrey, UK and Ligamba School in Tanzania and St Joseph’s School in Normandy, France.


DSCN8155Programme: Building our own cinema camera lenses

This is a practical and innovative programme provides a step-by-step plan to build and create lenses in the classroom. It is an exciting way to explore science and maths for children aged 7 to 11 who would benefit from taking their studies to the next level. The programme comprises 10 modules exploring, what is light? controlling light, what lenses are and what they do, what do Optical Engineers do? lens design and making a lens.

Connecting classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Somerset, UK and Junshan Primary School, China.


14Programme: Using camera technologies used in movies

This 10 module programme is highly practical with lots of hands-on work for students aged between 7 to 11 years. High specification movie cameras can achieve extraordinary visuals so in this programme we explore how students can create smaller versions of these in a classroom environment. Modules are focussed on creativity and innovation and students learn to improvise and find solutions to problems as individuals and in groups.

Connecting classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Sunderland, UK and Shuiguohu Primary School, Wuhan, China, Oviedo School, Northern Spain, Shuiguohu Primary School, Wuhan, China, Branxton pre-school, in New South Wales, Australia.


vunProgramme: Introduction to digital creations

Our world is changing almost daily in terms of digital applications and where new ways of expressing ourselves are seemingly boundless. There is a growing demand for people with the skills to exploit these opportunities. Our ten module programme addresses those needs and is designed to provide students aged 7 to 11 with skills in interactive media content creation, interactive design, digital media production, digital media projects. The programme includes lots of hands-on practical application as well as forward thinking, research and planning content.

Connecting classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in North Yorkshire and Mida, Mbarakachembe and Mzizima Primary Schools, Kenya.


GoldenHat1Programme: Visual sciences

This programme is all about ‘making the world a better place through optics’ and it ‘goes further’ by constantly evolving through the activities of the links that are made between schools in all parts of the world. This is a unique opportunity for students to become involved in a project in which there are no limits by forming a partnership with schools overseas to develop the students as global citizens. This 20 module programme explore visual sciences with a global perspective. Topics covered include what is optics? discovering the world of lenses, telling stories visually, how social action campaigns change things, learning to capture images on digital cameras and on video, how to work as part of a team, developing research skills, project planning, how to tap into your creativity, generating ideas for a social action project, communicating and presentation skills, exploring visual science and optics in the world of work, critical thinking, reflection and journaling, and evaluating your project.

Connecting classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Derbyshire and Christian Morgenstern Schule, West Germany.


IvydaleProgramme: Designing and finding solutions for cinema cameras

Innovative technology is rapidly changing the way we use a camera. In the future, we will do much more than just record, share, and stream photos and videos. This programme takes a look at the technology behind the latest products and explains what they mean and how they work through a series of ten fun, practical workshops.

The content is designed for students aged 7 to 11 years. Topics covered include what camera technology is out there? Waterproofing cameras, GoPro workshops, wide angle lenses, slow motion video, time lapse photography, Burst feature, drones, wearable cameras, livestreaming, HD video, Google help outs, remote control cameras, facial recognition software, and fisheye lenses.

Connecting classrooms around the world:

This programme has been followed by a primary school in Oxford and Assomption Ste. Clotilde Primary School in Bordeaux, France.


International School Partnerships

Schools are working in partnership, to bring new technologies into the classroom and translate them into applications in the wider world.

Here are some of the schools that are working together on our programmes:
Wentworth Primary School, Essex with St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Sydney, NSW
Charlbury Primary School, Oxford with Gladstone Primary School, Auckland, New Zealand
Rose Green Primary School, Bognor Regis, Sussex with Scarborough Primary School, Ontario, Canada
Calderdvale St. John’s Primary School, Lancashire with Pinehurst Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa
Herbert Strutt PrDSCN8501imary School, Derbyshire with St. Anthony’s Primary School, Singapore, Malaysia
Kibworth High School, Leicestershire with Khwiroro ACK Primary School in Kimilili, Kenya
Preston Park Junior School, London with Endicott College, Massachusetts, United States
Barrow Primary School, Bury Edmunds, Suffolk with Curitiba Primary School, Brazil
Hollinswood School, London with Auburn Primary School, Melbourne
Tonbridge Grammar School, Kent with High Gate Primary School, Perth, Western Australia
Rose Street Primary School, Kent with Mgarr Primary School, Valetta, Malta
Longroyde Junior School, Yorkshire with Zion Primary School, Dublin
Brooklands SEN School, Yorkshire with St. Michael’s Primary School, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ivydale Primary School, London with Epispoki Primary School, Cyprus
John Ball Primary School, London with Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai

We are always interested to hear what students are doing as a result of working on our programmes. Feedback from overseas schools says that students have demonstrated higher order thinking (HOT), significant interest and are seeking further study into topic areas including micro photonics, gamification based wellness, micro photonics, nonlinear optics, wearable technology, biomedical engineering, opto-electronics systems boards to provide a basis for projects and to show how light can be controlled by a range of devices.

Other areas of interest shown by students and teachers include using camera technology used in movies, time lapse specialist optics for science teachers, curriculum innovations package for schools – all subjects – including schemes of work and interactive whiteboard presentations/gamification, DIY Biotech projects, designing and making cinema camera lenses and opto-mechanics.


Contact us for further information on the programmes highlighted above.