From a construction site to Spain - can you spot your child in our School Report?
- Credit: Keith Mindham Photography
From learning about construction site safety to learning poems off by heart, we've received some great photos from schools around the county for our School Report.
Year 4 pupils at Beccles Primary Academy met Beccles Mayor, Andrea Downes. The Mayor took part in a question-and-answer session with the children linked to their current PSHE topic: democracy. This term, as part of their PSHE programme of study, the pupils have been learning about Britain as a democratic society, including how laws are made.
Mayor Downes completed the children's learning experience by sharing details of her role as Mayor and about the role of Local Councillors in Beccles. The children were surprised to hear that the Mayoral role is a voluntary one. This led to a refreshing conversation regarding the number of children
from Year 4 that had volunteered to litter-pick in their school last year. Mayor Downes pointed out to the children that actions like theirs were the very contributions of citizens that add value to their community. The children were also excited to hear of the plans mentioned in the Beccles Neighbourhood Plan, which offers the hope of a new swimming pool for the town.
Pupils from Gislingham Church of England Primary School were given a valuable lesson in site safety after visiting Lovell Homes' St Mary's View development on Thornham Road.
You may also want to watch:
Holly Baker, health and safety advisor, and Olly Thompson, senior site manager, both led the visit through the site focusing on the different stages of construction whilst Natasha Baring, field sales manager and Jo Bend, senior sales executive, delivered a tour of the marketing suite and showhomes.
Holly and Olly also visited the school to host an assembly about the importance of health and safety prior to the site visit. Pupils will be designing posters which highlight dangers on site. Lovell will then select three of these to display at the front of its St Mary's View development to warn other children about the dangers of a building site.
- 1 New virus named after Norfolk village
- 2 'Vindicated at last' - Pension compensation on the horizon for WASPI women
- 3 Latitude labelled 'Covid fest' by health boss as staff forced to isolate
- 4 Holiday park bosses pay tribute to 'popular' worker murdered in Norfolk village
- 5 No club record bid from City for Armstrong
- 6 Banham Poultry evacuated in suspected chemical incident
- 7 'Destination' fish and chip restaurant for sale
- 8 Police child safety team raid house to arrest man
- 9 Eleven people taken to hospital after Banham Poultry chemical spill
- 10 Driving instructor shares terrifying videos of NDR near misses
Julie Welham, Headteacher at Gislingham Church of England Primary School, said: "Many of our pupils have been able to see these homes being built week by week... We are keen to provide real life experiences that pupils can relate their learning to. This visit provided a context for their work in English, maths and science. They are currently writing property particulars and are looking forward to having some of their work displayed on site. We're very grateful to Lovell for this opportunity."
A new initiative saw Mile Cross Primary School pupils and Brooklands Care Home residents take part in 'Poetry Together' - inspired by Gyles Brandreth and supported by Dukes Education. Brooklands Care Home residents aged between 82 and 97 learnt Michael Rosen's celebrated performance poem, Chocolate Cake by heart and were joined by 15 children aged between 8 and 10 who had also learnt the poem. The two groups performed the poem together at the home and the residents are looking forward to taking part again next year.
Gyles says "There is a great deal of evidence that shows the benefits of learning poetry by heart in infants and young children, engaging with poetry can improve the speed at which they learn to speak, read and write. For adults, evidence shows that learning poetry by heart improves the ability to communicate and strengthens relationships, improves memory, increases brain capacity and keeps dementia at bay."
Poet Michael Rosen was so "chuffed" that the school and the home had chosen to read his poem that he sent a signed photograph for the school and a signed postcard and badge for each of the children and the residents.
Beryl Kemp, aged 90 and a resident at Brooklands Care Home said "I so enjoyed reciting with the children and I loved my goody bag. It had a signed photo of the poet Michael Rosen and a piece of chocolate cake. Went down very well with a cup of tea!"
- Check out our new community for teachers and school staff Enjoy Teaching More on Facebook.
- Don't miss our School Report pages in the EDP and Norwich Evening News every Monday. To be featured in School Report, please e-mail your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org