Starting in October 2021, our school is participating, once again, in the schools linking programme run by The Linking Network. The network is backed by the Pears Foundation, the Ministry Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education. Each local programme offers local support to pairs of linked classes from different schools in an area so that pupils are able to meet others they would otherwise not meet.
Previously on the project, classes visited Burnley Youth Theatre to meet their link class from Rawdhatul Uloom Primary School in Burnley. The day began with some games to ‘break the ice’. The classes were then split into two groups and the children worked within those groups for the rest of the day on drama activities designed to encourage the children to get to know each other, particularly the many similarities they have, as well as the differences that make them so unique and special. It was lovely to see the children choosing to sit with their new friends during lunchtime. In the afternoon, the groups continued their drama work before coming back together for a superb performance showcasing their hopes and dreams for the future as well as the new friendships they had made; it really was beautiful! The children continued to communicate in the coming weeks and months with their new friends, exchanging letters, work and photographs, and did hope to meet once again later in the year, COVID prevented this however.