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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.