Forming links with our local community also plays a key part of our wider curriculum. We believe that community links are essential in the growth, development and wellbeing of all our pupils. Links with our local community help us to build relationships with groups and individuals who will provide positive role models for our children whether within the world of work, spiritual and moral development or everyday experiences.
Examples of some our community links:
- Weekly visits to Claremont House by EYFS
Team EYFS enjoy their weekly visits to Claremont House which is proving to be very successful and a heart warming experience for all involved. Some of our reception children enjoy the opportunity to visit a group of elderly people every Monday. The EYFS staff plan a variety of activities for the children to complete with their new found friends. Some of these activities have included making playdough, painting, singing songs and playing musical instruments. Each week the residents look forward to their afternoon guests and for some it is the highlight of their week.
- Local Beach/Environment Cleans
As part of our pledge to look after our environment and local area, year groups across the school conduct regular beach and environment cleans. Through the curriculum, children learn about the issues facing our environment and the disastrous impact that they can have. Led by our intrepid eco-warriors, the school is working hard to be greener and more eco aware. Please see our Eco-Warriors page for more information.
- Carers and Aspirations Fair
Each year Northdown hold a carers and aspirations fair for our Year 6 children. Local businesses and services are welcomed to host at our fair to give the children a flavour of what carers and opportunities are out there. We have every profession from hairdressers, scientists, finical advisors to web designers, theme park operators and engineering. The carers and aspirations fair is always exciting and engaging with lots of opportunities for children to take place in hands on activities.
- RNLI visits and workshops
Throughout the year we have visits from the RNLI who conduct whole school assemblies as well as workshops targeted at different year groups. Educating kids about water safety is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s prevention work.
- Local Library Visits
- Collaboration with Lush Canterbury
We have formed links with Lush Canterbury in a bid to end plastic pollution! We work closely with staff from Lush Canterbury to reduce, reuse and recycle. This year we took part in a bottle lid challenge where the school collected a whopping 8253 bottle tops! The class with the most bottle tops won a bath bomb making workshop led by the Lush Canterbury staff.