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Spratton School History Launch Event June 2022
‘Living and learning together, celebrating life in all its fullness’ John 10:10
Here at Spratton CE Primary School, we believe in making great memories for our children and school community.
The vision for this event was to celebrate the 203 year history of education on this site and welcome members of our whole school community to share in this with us. We wanted to inspire our children’s learning, engage them in real historical research and encourage them to be ambitious in what they aim to achieve. We also wanted to provide the school with an archive of historical documents and artefacts, which, in themselves, provide a legacy for future generations of the school, and an event which becomes part of the school’s future history.
Throughout the week, we have opened our school museum to the over 200 members of our school community and the children have been fantastic and informative tour guides. The museum experience included a yarn bombing, art gallery, school documentary screening, maypole dancing, and souvenir shop and community art project.
The launch event was officially opened by Professor Lord Robert Winston, who thoroughly enjoyed his museum visit, met all of our children and staff and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event. Lord Winston also answered children’s questions and encourage our children to aspire to achieve whatever they set their mind to and to work hard to reach their own personal goals. He reminded us that we are all learning, every day, and that children provide hope for progress as the future generations of our society.
We are so incredibly proud of our children and our school community for helping us to make great memories and provide a historical legacy for the future of Spratton CE Primary School.
Professor Lord Robert Winston unveils a commemorative plaque
The school celebrated 203 years of education on the site
The children revived the tradition of maypole dancing
The whole school sang to Professor Lord Winston and invited guests
Professor Lord Robert Winston and Headteacher Miss Lynne O’Mara
Spratton School Pop-Up Museum June 2022
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Community support for our project
Plans for exciting School History Event are gathering pace! Many thanks to all the friends of the school, long-standing and new, who attended our last meeting. The next meeting is on Thursday 5th May at 6pm via zoom – please let the school office know if you would like to join the group.
We are starting our History Project with the children next week. The children will be learning about the History of our school from photographs, books and meeting people who came to the school as pupils or worked at the school in the past and looking at the items they have from their time here. They will be writing, drawing, model - making, recording interviews on film/audio, exploring artefacts, photographs, maps and lists of people.
Can you help our historians?
We are looking forward to exploring the history of our school and meeting people who were pupils or members of staff here in the past.
Every child will have a Historian’s Journal for the project and will be collecting evidence whilst they find out all about the people, buildings and stories of our school during the 203 year history.
Did you come to our school as a pupil?
Have you ever worked at our school?
We are looking for volunteers to come and talk to the children about their experiences of our school in the past and/or to share any memorabilia from their time here.
Please contact the school office if you are able to help us.
We also have a group of volunteers ‘Yarn bombing’ the school fence for the event.
We would love some help to decorate the school fence and other parts of the playground as part of the celebrations that are taking place in June.
Can you knit or crotchet?
Have you got any spare double knitting yarn or knitting needles?
If so, we’d love to hear from you.
We need the following:
- Knitted triangles in our school logo colours of royal blue, pale yellow and white (we have a pattern that we can give you)
- Knitted or crocheted flowers in any colour
- Any other knitted or crocheted items to decorate the fence, tree trunks and around the wooden posts on the outdoor structure
If you have any spare yarn or knitting needles, please drop them off at school.
We are happy to arrange a group time for those that may want help or indeed company. Just contact us and we’ll arrange something!
We need any finished items by the first week in June (or before!)
This is an exciting project to which everyone in the village will have the opportunity to come and see what the children have been doing.
Marianne Oakes Chair of Governors
Spratton’s School History Event
We invite Parents/Carers and families of children in our school to ‘Save the Date’ of Wednesday 22nd June 2022 5-7pm for a special community celebration of 203 years of schooling on our site!
Following our local history study, focusing on the rich history of our school, we will be inviting you to visit our school event and library relaunch, with other exciting child-led activities including:
- a ‘pop-up’ school museum with historical photographs and authentic memorabilia, and children’s work and journals
- art gallery and exhibits
- maypole dancing
- film show
- souvenir shop
- yarn bombing
- site history trail and guide
Further details to follow.
We look forward to welcoming you to our museum!
Preparations have started for the children and staff to learn traditional maypole dancing techniques in readiness for our School History Event in June. With the help of a Pacesetters Coach, Claire, children in Years 4 and 5 have been learning starting to learn some moves!
Break the Rules Day
The Parents and Carers, who are responsible for the schoolchildren attending Spratton Primary School on Friday 1st April 1872/2022, failed to ensure that their children adhered to the strict rules and standards in our school that all children are expected to meet without exception. These rules are in place to ensure that the children are immaculately presented, mostly not seen and little heard, and that lessons are conducted in silence with total compliance. Serious consequences await any individuals who fall foul of these directives, as we seek to ensure the fine moral upstanding of our pupils. As a result of the fine of the sum of ten shillings (fifty English pence) per rule broken, which was imposed on the first day of April this year for any child breaking any of these rules, the sum of £142 will be donated to the School History Event fund to support activities for the children in June of this year.
We also hope that children have learned a few character-building lessons from this valuable experience. Miss Lynne O’Mara
21.3.22/ 28.3.22 - Visit to the Northampton Records Office
As an introduction to our School history project planned for next term LKS2 visited the Northampton Records Office. The children learned about what it means to be 'Time Detectives' delving into the archives and discovering some of the history logs and registers from our school in 1819. The archivist took a lot of time to explain to the children and show them why it is important to save and protect documents and artifacts, how they are stored and clues that we can look for when we are thinking about the chronological age and sequence. The children thought about how people in the past communicated with each other looking at evidence dating back to King Henry VIII. They found clues in photographs, articles, posters, journal entries, census returns and registers, and used what they had found out to
learn about chronological sequences and order items into a timeline. The strong room visit was an exciting (and very cold) experience and all children had the opportunity to move a huge ‘stack’ of records!