At our school we are really lucky because our children, staff and our local community come from a range of backgrounds, races and religions. This means we always try to celebrate as many religious (and non-religious) festivals as we can.
We feel it is really important that children are able to share how they are celebrating at home and it means our children get the opportunity to learn about religious and non-religious celebrations from one another.
This year we chose to ask for donations for the Black Country Foodbank as we felt a huge number of people in our community had been impacted by the pandemic. We were overwhelmed with donations and thanks to our children, parents and staff we were thrilled to announce we collected a massive 398kg of food! This was enough for 800 food parcels and 35kg of toiletries which is enough for 20 toiletry parcels. An incredible amount to help our local community.
We also learnt about the importance of foodbanks and why some people need to use them, some of us learnt about the impact Marcus Rashford has had for this cause too.
Pupils at New Invention Junior School enjoy celebrating the festival of Diwali. Diwali is the Hindu 'Festival of Lights' and is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in Britain and all over the world. This festival falls on different days each year, usually celebrated in the month of October or November. Here is the work we completed this year across the school. You can see some pictures sent in from our children to share how they had celebrated.
We celebrate Christmas in school in lots of different ways. Usually, we go to our local church but the last few years we have had to do things a little differently. Last year we learnt about the Christmas Story and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. you can see some of our fantastic work on the display below. This year each class learnt a specific Christmas song. We completed some work on this and looked at how it fits into the Christmas Story. Each class made a bauble based on the song we learnt about, here they are on display. We hope that next year we will be able to perform a carol concert at our local church.
This year we celebrated Chinese New Year - the Year Tiger, we had a tiger art competition and we were amazed at how many entries we received. In fact, we received so many entries Miss Cook had to get some more prizes! Here you can see some pictures from our competition and our celebrations.
We recently celebrated Easter in school, we all learnt about the story of Easter and the importance of the festival to many Christians all over the world. This year our work focused on the feelings and emotions felt by the different people in the story as the events unfolded. We also completed some work looking at the similarities and differences between the role of Jesus in the Easter story and Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis and compared what happens to them. Here are the fantastic pieces of work we completed across the school.