Barnacre Road Primary School seemed as busy as Santa’s workshop last week, as all the children took part in an industry initiative.
And it was a week when, as well as celebrating the event’s success, the headteacher, staff and pupils were also cheering the news of being placed 76th out of 17,000 in England’s primary school league tables.
“It was absolutely the greatest news and a recognition of the incredible input and effort of everyone in the school,” said headteacher Simon Wallis.
That effort was evident in the inspirational festive decorations in all sections throughout the school for industry day. Year 6 emulated top businessman Sir Alan Sugar’s nail biting television programme The Apprentice as they took part in an advertising challenge. After being given a deadline to design a company name and logo, the winning name was Unique Boutique, created by Hope and Sigourney.
Year 5 pupil Hannah said: “I’ve found out how strict it can be working in factories!”
Chloe, also from Year 5, had enjoyed thinking about how you had to be grateful for what your parents earn, having experienced what it is like to work for a living.
Every class designed and made Christmas gifts which were then sold at the Christmas fair on Friday.
Paper Christmas trees for table decorations were made from copied scores of The Nutcracker, a recent successful topic also illustrated by festive decorations, and character kitchen note holders proved very popular. Kings and angels, stars and sweets, piles of presents under trees - all were part of a cross-curricular effort working to a theme transforming passageways and classrooms into magic tunnels and grottoes.
This was all effected by the teachers staying late one evening to complete the decorations, giving the pupils a real surprise when they arrived at school the following morning.
However, it was not all glitter and glue, as the children in true “Apprentice” style, also learned about the costs involved in making the items, and how profit was worked out. They also worked on production lines, quality control and even as bosses, making sure all their fellow pupils were working hard! Among the goodies made were Nutcracker dolly pegs in Year 4, glass tea light holders in Year 1 and many edible, chocolatey goodies by those in Years 4, 5 and by the Foundation Unit. All items were sold for 50p, with the proceeds going to school funds.
Mr Wallis added “The children have been really productive, learning in a creative and fun way.
“At the same time the teachers were able to give the pupils an opportunity to apply their skills in a practical everyday scenario.”