Date: 20th January 2017

Two Bradford Church of England Primary schools pulled out all the stops last Thursday (19th January) to bring learning to life with special visitors and exhibitors at both schools.

The children of St Oswald’s Church of England Primary Academy had a special day to celebrate and commend the work of the Emergency Services.

Representatives from West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service and the Air Ambulance attended a “Lift Off” day in school. Teaching the children about what they do, why they do it and how they do it.

During the day children raised money to support The Air Ambulance.  They did this by having a “Fancy Dress” day, running assault courses whilst carrying a patient on a stretcher – competing with staff and the local community – and by a special Air Ambulance stall at the start and end of the day.

Andrew Chadwick, Headteacher “A current drive for school is to promote gender equality and we were pleased that we had female police officers and fire fighters in school to promote the equality of women in both of these services. The day was fun packed from start to finish while our children found out more about these important careers and the impact they have on the smooth running of our City“

School opened all day for parents to have access to ‘Star-BOOKS’ to read, have a hot chocolate with their children and to join in the stretcher assault course. The children were also be given a special lunch by the school kitchen.

Moving forward, the school will adopt the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as its chosen charity so that all children attending the Academy ‘take off’ and experience learning without limits.

Meanwhile across the City in Thornton the children and staff at the Academy at St James discovered how to become fantastic, skilled story tellers.

Students worked collaboratively throughout the day with teaching staff and special visitors to produce some high quality work linked to the theme of ‘Pantomime’, learning how to create and tell inspirational stories based on well-known fairy tales and fables.

The parents and community were invited into school to see, join in and watch a celebration assembly around this theme. The day was also an opportunity for the school to celebrate the launch of the Academy, introduce the new Head, Chris Tolson and showcase the high expectations and aspirations for the children, staff and community.

Jayne Clarke, Executive Principal at the two schools within Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust said “It is great to be able to start the new term with two interactive events to boost the aspirations and experiences of our students. “Lift Off” day at St Oswald’s was an opportunity to explore new skills, develop citizenship and to enrich the learning of our community by demonstrating that ‘ the sky’s the limit ‘. Our Pantomime theme day at St James gave students the opportunity to build confidence and dream big through learning, collaboration and investigation! We look forward to this being the start of many great events designed to widen the experience and learning of all our children”.

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