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Platinum Jubilee Week - 23rd to 27th May 2022

Pupils across the whole school have taken part in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, learning about life in Britain since she has been on the throne and her achievements over her 70 year reign. Our week long celebrations ended with a picnic lunch, singing and an ice cream van! Parents and guests joined us in our celebrations and viewed the wonderful showcase of work produced from the week.

As a memento of this occasion, the Governors of the school have presented all staff and pupils with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Commemorative medal. We hope children keep this safe for many years to come.

Poppies and Daisies

Poppies and Daisies enjoyed looking at Kings and Queens through time and the crown jewels. They created their own crown jewels and investigated whether our Royal Family looks like the Royal Families in books and stories.

Clovers and Buttercups

In EYFS we had a wonderful time celebrating the Jubilee. We learnt all about crowns, the royal family and castles. Our classroom had lots of activities celebrating the queen like coin sorting, coin rubbing, castle small world, role play afternoon tea and writing to the queen!

On Thursday afternoon we had a big street part with Nursery and Reception! We ate scones, sandwiches and decorated biscuits.

On Friday we joined the whole school for Jubilee celebrations and even had an ice cream!

Butterflies and Ladybirds

Butterflies and Ladybirds have been studying the Queen's Coronation in 1953. They planned the route and studied the London landmarks the Queen would have travelled past on her way to Westminster Abbey. They then acted out the Coronation ceremony. In art they made Queen silhouette sun catchers in red, white and blue.

Robins and Owls

Robins and Owls have been investigating where we can find images of the Queen in our daily life. They have looked at our money and stamps and then had a go at creating and printing their own versions in the style of Andy Warhol. They also wrote their own acrostic poems to describe the Queen.

In Key Stage 2, each class studied a different decade of the Queen's reign to make a 'time tunnel' from the Queen's Coronation right up to the present day.

Bumblebees and Foxes

During Jubilee week the Foxes and the Bumblebees looked at our Royal Family to help understand why we were celebrating the Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II. This involved sorting various photographs of the Queen and the Royal Family, from different parts of her lifetime and then ordering them chronologically. We also discussed some important moments in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, prior to her becoming the Queen.

They then created a timeline of significant events that happened during their focus decades of 2010 to 2022. One that we initially focused on was the rise of social media, looking at how companies such as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok have grown during this period of time. In PE they practised and performed a TikTok dance to the song 'Blinding Lights' by the Weekend.

One significant event they discussed was the London 2012 Olympics and specifically the opening ceremony. In English everyone wrote a setting description of the industrial revolution section of the ceremony. Groups also created Olympic torches and medals so that the classes could compete in a mini-Olympics as part of PE. In art, we used our recent learning on Roman mosaics to create our own mosaics of the Union Jack flag, in the style of a stained-glass window showing the silhouette of Queen Elizabeth II.

Swans and Kestrels

Swans and Kestrels studied from 1990 to 2009. They started by looking at the Queen's lifetime and interviewed our very own Mrs Ratcliffe about her memories of the Coronation. They then focused in on events during their focus decades and significant events during this time in the royal family.

They listened to Robbie Williams and his local connection with Stoke On Trent, watched part of the Live 8 concert, and voted in the Battle of the Bands between Oasis and Blur. In science they looked at the artificial liver which was first developed in this era and how this has progressed over the years, and the arrival of the very first cloned sheep, Dolly. The children danced their way through the decades and enjoyed seeing how fashions have changed, especially when looking at photos of Mrs Dumigan from the 1990s! By using the influence of JR artistry, the children in Kestrels created a photo tribute to the Queen, whilst Swans produced artwork influenced by Damien Hirst's 'Visual Candy'. To finish the week on Thursday, Kestrels and Swans baked scones and held an afternoon tea party, and researched technology from the noughties, watching children trying to use phones from this time made us all giggle.

Dragonflies and Swallows

Dragonflies and Swallows looked at 1970 - 1989. They investigated popular music and bands from these decades, practised iconic dance moves and designed their own vinyl and cassette album covers. They wrote biographies of key individuals including the Queen, and played Guess Who with photos of staff from this era. For DT they made their own scones and held an afternoon tea.

Hedgehogs and Kingfishers

Hedgehogs and Kingfishers looked at 1950 to 1969. Year 6 completed portraits of the Queen in the style of 1950s and 1960s. We then researched and presented a certain event that happened either in the Royal Family or within society during those eras. The children from both classes also learnt a dance to "Rock around the clock" with Miss Hymas.

Video of the children's work

Creative Competition

Pupils and staff were invited to enter a Creative Competition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, by designing and making an item of memorabilia. This could be a drawing, painting, sculpture or craft. We were overwhelmed with the amount, variety and the amazing quality of the entries! The winners were chosen by our Year 6 Leaders and were announced and prizes were awarded in our Jubilee Celebration assembly on Friday. All of the entries were displayed in our Celebration of Learning display.

Little Sparkles

Our preschool group, Little Sparkles, also took part in our Jubilee Week. They had fun making and painting some Jubilee bunting, and designed and made crowns to wear for their special tea party. They also enjoyed listening to stories about the Queen, including 'The Queen's Hat'.

Celebration of Learning

On Friday, the whole school came together to celebrate the learning that had been taking place throughout the week. We started with a whole school assembly where the winners of the Creative Competition were announced and prizes given out. We received our Commemorative Jubilee Medals and pencils, and we sang 'Hooray for the Queen' together whilst waving our flags - it looked and sounded fantastic! At lunch, we had a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, savouries and cakes, before everyone had a trip to the ice cream van in the afternoon!

All of the work completed by each class was displayed in the hall in chronological order so that we could travel in time and see how Britain has changed from 1953 and the Queen's Coronation, right up to the present day. All of the entries for the Creative Competition were displayed too. Everyone in school had a chance to come and view the fantastic work in the morning, before parents, Governors and Trustees were invited in in the afternoon whilst being serenaded by the School Choir. Everyone who visited said how impressed they were with the level of work completed, with one visitor commenting, 'Great singing, great work on display and pupils who are a real credit to you.'