This year, Whole School text is ‘In Our Hands’ by Lucy Farfort. The text offers a supportive context for children to understand the role they play as members of a wider society and how we can work together to influence and orchestrate change. Every class has read the text and created work inspired by the story – developing our reading, writing and creative skills.
This year, as a school, we chose to celebrate the work of Joseph Coelho. Joseph is an award-winning poet, author and playwright who was chosen as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate in 2022. We had great fun in school learning Joseph’s poems, performing them and writing our own poems inspired by his work.
Our latest whole school text was And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. The story is about Roy and Silo, two penguins at the zoo, who do everything together. With the help of Mr Gramzay, the zookeeper, they adopt a young penguin (Tango) and become a loving family. Across school we looked at different types of families and discovered that being loved and happiness is what is important.
After returning from the Summer holidays as a whole school again – we wanted to encourage a sense of community across the entire school, to reflect on the last few months, and also help our whole school look forward to the future in a positive way.
Our whole school text: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers was chosen because it is perfect for children of all ages and the unit has helped our children engage with English, but also PHSE learning as a whole school community. At the end of the unit we created a whole school display down the Year 6 corridor, where we have shared our own notes for living on Planet Earth, supporting everyone to move forward positively. Have a look at our fantastic writing display from Nursery all the way to Year 6.
In autumn term the whole school studied Flotsam by David Wiesner. We used the text as inspiration for a range of reading and writing opportunities. The reading and writing skills of the children are clearly evident in the whole school display.