It is important for our school to be at the heart of the community. We involve ourselves in community projects, so that our children feel part of the place they live. Enabling our children to work with members of the community is invaluable and gives them the confidence to interact in a range of different situations, and with a range of different people.
"Very community minded school and explore lots of outdoor learning opportunities". Parent questionnaire May 2021
On Monday 22nd November 2021 our local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) came into school to talk to the children about their role in our community and about the other roles in policing too. The children all listened really carefully and by the end of the session knew who to call, if they ever need to, in an emergency.
Some of our previous community work
During 2018 and 2019 we were involved in the National Lottery Heritage World War 1 Community project. As part of this work our Year 3-6 children worked with Lucy Peacock, a local poet to build an anthology of poems which has been compiled into a book. We sold our books to members of the community and parents to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and our school. Our children also read their poems at the War Memorial Dedication Service in the village.
Through the National Lottery Heritage funding our children took part in WW1 workshops, to gain a better insight into that period of our history. Our Year 5 and 6 child also worked with our local Records Office to find out how Middleton was effected during war time.
Falcons and Owls visited the Imperial War Museum in Manchester (which was funded by the Heritage project) and had a fantastic day, expanding their knowledge and understanding of Great Britain in Wartime.
At the end of 2019 to celebrate the project, members of the community were invited to a 'Community Tea' to see what the children had been doing in school. Our children set up activities and information tables, with such things as wartime food, models of the trenches, historical descriptions and poetry. It was a lovely event, well supported by our fantastic community.