Collapsed curriculum week at Hastings Primary School

Every year at Hastings Primary School we have a collapsed curriculum week, where all the classes take a common focus and all areas of the curriculum are based on this. In the past we have had an Environmental Week, a Design Technology Week and a Cultural Awareness Week, all of which have been enormously successful.
assembly collapsed curriculum

This year our focus was on Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), with work based around a book called ‘Unstoppable Me’. Year groups focused on different chapters of this book, including: You’re Great – No Matter What, Persistence Pays Off, Welcome the Unknown, You Have a Choice, Farewell to Worry, Peace Begins With You, Enjoy the Here-and-Now, Healthy Me, Creativity is the Key and What Can You Give?

This work culminated in a celebration of work day and exhibitions on Friday 15th April.

This year, we worked alongside the NGO ‘Save the Children’. Our pupils heard from one of the charity’s organisers in person in an assembly to find out what the organisation does and how they help children in need.

Over the course of the week, groups of children helped to paint the school’s new ‘UNSTOPPABLE ME! mural in the playground.

unstoppable me mural

During their Spanish periods, Yr 4 made very original self-portraits using pasta and pulses in the style of Arcimboldo. They also made a collage from magazines about “Healthy Eating”. Yr 3 made posters based on the values they read about in our inspirational book.

Arcimboldos drawings

Year 1 had a go at some simple Mindfulness to help them be peaceful and say ‘Farewell to Worry’. They  went out into the playground to make giant Mindful bubbles!

Mindful bubbles

Year 5 designed an “Open-Minded Person” where they put their ideas in the form of positive messages to improve their own lives and they also painted the Madrid skyline as a silhouette.

During the course of the whole school year, to tie in with our special focus, teachers in Key Stage 2 have been sharing people they consider to be inspirational with the children in monthly assemblies and creating a display about them.

person of the month

Year 1 created paintings in the style of Jackson Pollack, using wooden pegs and string.
Year 3 children created graffiti in their classrooms.
mindfulness
Mrs Curtis visited school throughout the week to practise Mindfulness with all the year groups.
Tree of thanks
Children helped Ms Chapman make a huge paper maché Tree of Thanks. All the children in the school wrote a message on a leaf giving thanks for all kinds of things.
Tree of thanks
Tree of thanks
In Year 5 they made life-size self-portraits to display their poems about their ‘UNSTOPPABLE ME’ selves
In Year 5 they made life-size self-portraits to display their poems about their ‘UNSTOPPABLE ME’ selves
Year 2 wrote messages in English and Spanish on balloons about how happy they feel when they help others and they sketched butterflies on a study about perseverance.
Year 2 wrote messages in English and Spanish on balloons about how happy they feel when they help others and they sketched butterflies on a study about perseverance.
Every class had their time in the gym, dancing non-stop for half an hour in our Danceathon, as our fund raiser for Save the Children.
Every class had their time in the gym, dancing non-stop for half an hour in our Danceathon, as our fund raiser for Save the Children.

On the last day the children and staff dressed up as heroes and inspirational people. We were visited by Shakespeare and Cervantes, lots of superheroes, football players, girls inspired by school teachers, Audrey Hepburn’s, scientists and of course, the `Unstoppable Me!´ front cover protaganist!

Cervantes and Shakespeare
Cervantes y Shakespeare

As part of our fund-raising, the Hastings Parents’ Association helped us sell finger-food baked by the children and parents. The children and staff had an intense but amazing week.

During the course of the week, the children learnt in an exciting way, everyone had a lot of fun and we raised the amazing sum of €4,739.79 for Save the Children’s Syria Fund.

money raised