Sky's the limit for aspiring children at All Saints CE Primary
SIMPLY inspirational — that was All Saints CE Primary School’s first ever aspirational week.
Over five fun-packed days, children at the Farnworth school discovered their hidden talents and realised the sky really is the limit.
Deputy headteacher Katie Hague said: “This is the first time we have held a week like this and it is part of our development of a creative curriculum. The week was an extension of that.
“It was an opportunity for pupils to focus on different skills.
“We have a massive focus on basic skills at this school, which are very important, and aspirational week was held to help children find out what other talents they had, they are always being told they have a talent but might not know it yet.”
Traditional lessons were cancelled and workshops were held where children found themselves taking part in different activities they had never tried before.
They included sports, academic subjects, art, music cookery, knitting as well as other activities.
Successful career men and women were invited into to speak to children while older children actually led some of the workshops.
Mrs Hague said: “The whole school took part, and children in year two to six were able to choose from the list what activities they wanted to take part in.
“We had a year six pupil teaching rugby, we had drumming, hair and beauty, yoga, ICT, a parent who came in to show children how to make 3D model spiders, cross-stitch knitting, children doing watercolour and batik art.
“We had visitors from Nutters Restaurant and a woman who works for British Aerospace designing planes, who showed the children how to make proper paper aeroplanes.”
She added: “The week was brilliant. There was so much energy and enthusiasm among the children.The children really enjoyed it.
“The pupil who led the rugby sessions wants to be a footballer but now has a back-up plan to become a sports coach, some pupils say they want to be teachers, chefs and plane designers.
“Children came up to me telling me what they had found out they were good at — with one saying it was the best week ever.”
“The week boosted the children’s self-esteem and I was very impressed with the work they had done.” The week also enabled teachers to identify gifted and talented pupils, as well as help them develop their other skills such as working with people they had not before — while widening their horizons.
Mrs Hague said: “Having a woman plane designer visit the school was really good for the girls.”
The week ended with a celebration assembly where parents were shown the many different activities the youngsters took part in and enjoyed the performances they learned in the dance and drumming classes.
Pupils said they enjoyed the week. Ibbi Khan, aged eight, said: “It was a lot of fun, I did activities that I had never done before. It was exciting working with children in other years and I did not make some friends, I made lots of friends.
“The cross stitch knitting was very relaxing and I was very proud of the watercolour painting that I did. I would give the week 10 out of 10.”
Courtney Gilbert, aged nine, added: “This was better than any other week ever, it was more fun and I enjoyed taking part in hair and beauty.
“It showed that you can be good at other things too. I was proud of what I had done.”
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