Chesterfield school delighted with launch of Pokemon-inspired game to beat lockdown

Teachers at a Chesterfield school say they are delighted with the response of pupils to a new outdoor game inspired by Pokemon and Beat the Street.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 5:00 pm

Hollingwood Go has been launched at Hollingwood Primary School as part of a final push out of lockdown and a return to class for most pupils on Monday, March 8.

The orienteering game is part of of the school’s ‘well-being Wednesday’ – although the children can complete the game whenever they want.

Ian Holmes, deputy head teacher at Hollingwood Primary School, said he was really pleased with the feedback from children.

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Hollingwood Primary School's new Pokemon-style game for children. Ian Holmes, deputy headteacher, and Guy Dopson, student teacher, with the game.

"I was leaving school at 5.30pm yesterday and there were children already having a go at it,” he said.

"They had found the map as a sort of early release on Twitter.

"We sent the map out properly today and it is proving really popular. The weather hasn’t helped but pupils can complete the game whenever they want and I think most will do it at weekends.”

The game features a map of Hollingwood marked with locations of ‘Hollingwood GO’ characters.

Teachers have designed their own Pokemon-style characters in their own image for the children to find with the tagline 'gotta catch 'em all'.

The aim is that children seek out the characters, using the map, and reply to the activity with a picture every time they locate one in a bid to find them all.

Mr Holmes said that with all children back on March 8 the school is using this as – hopefully – ‘one last big whole-school remote learning project’.

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