County Durham Pupil 'Makes World Bigger' To Win National Digital Challenge

A County Durham pupil is celebrating after winning one of the top prizes in a popular annual challenge for primary schools. Sarah Johnson-Frost, 9, from Crook Primary School has been announced as a winner of Make Your World Bigger 2018, a video challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

Organised by Discovery Education, the competition encourages pupils to join a 30-day film adventure, watching a daily Discovery video clip to learn something new. Nearly 8000 pupils took part in the 2018 challenge, which is now in its third year.  

Answering questions along the way, and enjoying fun activities such as den building and stargazing, Make Your World Bigger encourages children to be curious about the world around them using films about geography, technology and space to spark their imagination. 

Year 5 pupil Sarah was one of 10 national winners, and was presented with her prize at a special school assembly this week. Sarah received a huge Discovery goody bag, packed with fun gifts and gadgets including a VR headset, telescope, butterfly garden and more. 

Sarah said, “I am so proud that I won the ‘Make Your World Bigger’ challenge. I can’t believe it. I loved watching the film clips County Durham Pupil 'Makes World Bigger' To Win National Digital Challengeand reading about all the amazing facts about our world.”

 Teacher Linda Taylor said: “I was delighted to hear that Sarah had won the ‘Make Your World Bigger’ challenge which I had set the children in Year 5 and 6 over the summer holidays. Many of the children enjoyed watching the video clips and finding out about different aspects of our world. 

Susanna Goldschmidt, Head of Publishing at Discovery Education said:

“Make Your World Bigger encourages children to keep learning and achieving during the long summer break-  and to do so while having fun! We were delighted with the number of entries we received this year. It’s great to see that these exciting films can inspire children to broaden their horizons and explore the world around them.”

The Make Your World Bigger film clips were drawn from Discovery Education Espresso’s digital learning service – an award-winning platform used by over 1.8 million pupils across the UK. Featuring spectacular video content from some of Discovery’s best-known channels, such as Animal Planet and Discovery Science, the service helps teachers to meet curriculum goals, while inspiring pupils with curiosity about the world around them.

Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one here :