Phase 1’s topic was ‘What brings us together?’ It gave us time to think about all the things which bring family, friends and communities together. The children developed skills in and had the chance to broaden their-
- confidence and self esteem
- links with the local community
- oracy skills
- promoting the schools virtues
- increased attention
- social and emotional skills
The best part about this project was that we got to meet many new and exciting people. We linked closely with Pengarth Day Care Centre and St Mary’s Haven and learnt about the lives of the people who live in our local community. It gave the children and the residents the opportunity to learn new skills as well as giving the children and our elderly friends a sense of purpose.
As a project outcome we retold the Owl and the Pussycat poem that we had learnt to our elderly friends, after practising it on the stage at the Minack Theatre to rapturous applause. We have also innovated the tale adding our own characters, which we have critiqued and turned into a book to take to the residential homes for the residents to share over the summer. Sally Crabtree, the poet and illustrator, was a real help in turning us into poetry wizards and enabling us to create our own fantastic poems.