Today has been brilliant! The whole school have been in jubilant Jubilee spirit all day – the fun has not stopped. With the children decked out in red, white and blue and bunting adorning the corridors, the atmosphere has felt very patriotic as we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.
The day started with a through school assembly in which every year group performed a popular UK hit from each decade that has passed since the Queen’s reign began. Songs included ‘We are the champions’ by Queen and ‘Reach’ by S Club 7. The School Choir also gave their first performance in front of an audience, belting out ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow. They cannot wait to perform in front of parents, and we really hope to announce details of when this will be very soon. Children have also been learning The National Anthem over the last few weeks in preparation for today’s events, and sang it together during the assembly; it was incredibly moving and they sang it beautifully.
At around 11am, parents of Nursery children came into school and joined their little ones on the field for a picnic and playtime. We have been so lucky with the weather today; sitting on the blankets, enjoying the fresh air and refreshing drinks. Children from Reception to Year 6 then enjoyed their own slice of al fresco dining as they skipped outside to enjoy a street party style banquet, sitting in rows in the sunshine amongst the bunting, banners and Union Jack flags. As you can see it was a sight to behold and the experience will stay in their memories for years to come. We will look back fondly on this afternoons celebrations.
This afternoon, the party atmosphere has continued back into the classrooms with children taking part in a number of Jubilee inspired activities. Year 3 have been making collages of Queen Elizabeth II, Year 6 have been designing a new royal stamp, and children through Keystage 1 and Early Years have been making their own crowns, fit for our own little kings and queens! Year 5 children have been taking on the role of newspaper journalists, writing reports about Queen Elizabeth II, while Year 4 children have been using red, white and blue icing to decorate cakes in patriotic style. It is fair to say that teachers and children alike have had an incredibly busy, but also extremely fun day.