As part of our Reading University project 6 year 5 children went to watch a brilliant production of George's Marvellous Medicine at the Opera House in Manchester. The show was fantastic and the children all really enjoyed it. The children are currently reading Roald Dahl's book and were eager to see how the book transferred to the stage. As usual our children were great role models for the school with their respectful attitudes and brilliant behaviour.
The 'Reading University' is a project we run between the 11 schools in the IPLCN network that we are part of. Last year, each school picked 6 children in Year 4 to be part of the project and the project will run until these children leave in Year 6. These children have all been identified as showing a particular gift for reading and the project aims to challenge them further and help them to make great progress.
Our first Dream It Week ended well today with our final visitors to school - a pilot and a BBC researcher. Mel Buchanon who works for Flybe spoke to our Year 1 and Year 3 children about what the job of a pilot entails and the training you need to become one. Mel is one of the only female airline pilots in the UK so it was a real treat to be able to have her in school. The children loved it and had fantastic questions about the life of a pilot. Mel contacted us after the event with this lovely message...
"It was an absolute pleasure meeting all the children and your staff. I would be delighted to come again for your next event. What a brilliant school, great atmosphere and a superb initiative. Thank you!"
Later in the afternoon we had a visit from Thaddaeus Varey who works as an audience researcher for the BBC in Salford. He spoke to our Year 4 children about what an audience researcher does and the importance of being good at maths to do the job.
Although our Dream It week has ended for this year we are already putting plans in place to invite back the many different speakers we have had this year so they can talk to different children about their roles. Our next big themed week will be our Achieve It week in March when children will be learning about how to be healthy and happy in life and have the self confidence and self belief to go onto achieve whatever dreams they may have.
Steve Hill is famous in Oldham for his charity fundraising activities which he calls 'Hill's Challenges'. One of these challenges recently involved Steve climbing Mount Everest and he has raised over £50,000 for charity over the past few years. We were lucky to have a visit from Steve as part of our Dream It Week to talk about his adventures and to encourage the children to follow their dreams and to 'Dream Big'! The children in Year 5 loved hearing about his adventures and were inspired to think about the ambitions they have for their future.
Steve sent us a lovely message after the event to thank us for the warm welcome he received. He said...
"It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to spend the afternoon speaking to the children of Stanley Road Primary School as part of their Dream it Week! I felt very honoured to be asked to share my adventures with them and hopefully help inspire them to work hard to achieve their dreams! Such motivated and enthusiastic children who demonstrated the highest standards in behaviour and manners and asked some great questions. The future is in safe hands with these children - A real credit to their school!! Thanks again for the warm welcome I received! Good luck chasing those DREAMS!!"
Have a look at some of the fantastic writing we have on display around school from Year 2 and Year 6 children. Our children are very proud of their writing and work hard to make it the best it can be. In particular, children have really focused on improving their handwriting and presentation to make their work look as good as it sounds.
*Please note that there may be some minor errors in spelling more tricky words in the writing but you will see that children are working hard to use their phonic skills to help them spell words that they do not know.
Our Year 6 children had a great afternoon talking and thinking about what opportunities they have for continuing their education beyond high school with the staff and student ambassadors from Oldham Sixth Form College. The children planned out a possible pathway for their future education and had lots of opportunities to think about the skills and qualifications needed for a range of different jobs. As always our children were a credit to us and showed that they had high aspirations with their questioning and reflections on further education.
It was particularly rewarding to see that one of our ex-pupils has gone on to become a student ambassador for the college and is now studying to pursue a career in neuroscience.
Day 3 of our inaugural Dream It Week was another great success! We had a visit from Dr Rachel Isba from North Manchester Hospital to talk to Year 3 and 4 about what it takes to be a doctor. She was clearly very inspirational as we now have many children who are aspiring to be doctors and nurses when they are older!
In the afternoon Key Stage 1 and 2 were treated to a brilliant display of Bollywood dancing from local team SonAash. The two sisters, Aashana and Sonalia gave a demonstration of their amazing dancing skills and then talked to the children about working hard to pursue their dreams. They were fantastic role models for the children as they shared their personal ambitions about being the best dancers they can be whilst studying for a degree at University. Some children were lucky enough the be taught a Bollywood dance by the girls and performed it for their classmates.
Day two of our Dream It week has been a great success! We have had a range of great guests visiting school to talk about their jobs and develop the children's aspirations for the future. This morning PC Haroon Akram arrived in his riot van to talk to children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 about his role. The children really enjoyed chatting to PC Haroon, sitting in the van and using the riot shields. He emphasised that the police role is all about helping people and supporting communities.
Whilst KS1 were exploring the police van Year 6 were finding out about what it takes to run a construction company from Joanne James who is one of the directors of 'PLP Construction Limited' based in the local area. She explained what her role was and all the different trades required when constructing a building. The children learned a lot about the construction industry and asked some great questions.
Finally we had a great visit from the Adrian Buckley from the local Fire Service to chat to the children about his job and he kindly brought his uniform in for the children to try on. The children really enjoyed finding out about the role of a fireman and asked some brilliant questions.
Here are some pictures from PC Haroon, Adrian and Joanne's visit.
We were very pleased to have a visit to school from Andy Walker, an inspirational speaker, to launch our Dream It Week. The children in Key Stage 1 and 2 were really inspired by Andy's story about how he has pursued his dreams despite suffering a spinal cord injury which has left him paralysed from the neck down. His tale had a huge impact on the children and really made them think about what they might want to achieve when they are older. His main message fitted in perfectly with our school motto - Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It - Be The Best That You Can Be.
Andy was very impressed with our children and the excellent questions they asked.
The MP for Oldham West & Royton, Jim McMahon, came to Stanley Road today to launch our very first Dream It Week. He gave an inspirational speech explaining what had motivated him to become a politician and how important it is to have dreams and to pursue them. The children had a chance to find out more about the role of an MP and Jim even brought his OBE with him to show the children. His messages about believing in yourself and working hard to achieve your dreams was a great start to our Dream It Week.
The idea behind Dream It Week is to give children the chance to think about their aspirations and ambitions for the future. We have invited lots of guests to come in and speak to the children about their jobs and their achievements. Children will have time to discuss their aspirations in class and consider what ambitions they have that they would like to fulfil as they grow older.
Here are some pictures from Jim McMahon's visit...