At Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School we care about the Swaffham community, our county, the world around us and the people and animals that live within it. Here you will find out more information about all the amazing projects that we take part in, to make the world a better place and to help others live life in all its fullness.
Our approach to 'Making a Difference' is built upon 6 principles for effective social action:
Each year, we ask parents to decide what the main charities will be that the school will support, one local and one national/international. This creates a meaningful context to our charity work.
Year three have been learning about what the Romans did for us and what we can learn from the Anglo-Saxons. The Romans brought us roads - connecting us all together.
The Anglo-Saxons would grow their own produce and use what they had to feed their families. We learnt that subsistence living is a really good way to live and help our planet. We talked about shopping local and growing your own!
We have set up a Community Book Hive for the community of Swaffham. Please help yourself to a book to snuggle up at home with. You are welcome to keep one, borrow and return or swap for another one to share the reading love.
Christmas card campaign
At Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School, making a difference for the residents in our community and beyond is at the heart of our curriculum, with compassion a core value of the school vision. Our thoughtful and creative children have enjoyed and taken pride in being able to bring a little warmth, comfort and happiness to the local elderly residents through the card project. They have explored some of the emotions, particularly loneliness that some of the residents may be feeling, leaving the children wanting to make an impact and share some Christmas cheer.
The children will be baking delicious biscuits to deliver to other residential homes in the Swaffham community too as sadly due to COVID we cannot visit to share carols. All the children and staff from Heartwood wish everyone a safe and very merry Christmas.
We have received some heartwarming phone calls, emails and letters from the residents who received the cards from the children. This has been wonderful for the children to see the impact that they have had on others.
'We will remember them...'
As a school we raised £157.83 for the Poppy Appeal 2020❤️
Through the story The Three Little Pigs, Year 1 learnt about materials and animal homes. Using the research, knowledge and skills they acquired, they designed and created bug hotels for the Heartwood insects to have a habitat that they will enjoy and feel safe in.
Our Moles class are working towards the Young leaders Award facilitated by the Archbishop of York Youth trust.
Children in Need
On Friday 13th November we raised £157.60 for Children in Need. We all learnt about a different charity that is supported by our contributions. To make a difference we sent cards and letters to children benefit from these charities.
Protecting our environment
We are proud to have been awarded the Bronze and Silver Eco-school awards, we have been working hard to ensure that we are becoming an eco-friendly school.
Swaffham Food Bank- EYFS
In Nursery and Reception we have been learning about Harvest. We learnt about where our food is grown and how it is harvested.
We talked about being thankful and what we are thankful for.
Our wonderful families have donated lots of food items for the local community food bank, to help people in need...
Our wonderful community
We are thankful to the local community for all their support with our school. The generosity and kindness of local businesses, including; Waitrose, Travis Perkins, The COOP Necton, The White Hart, Tescos and the church have contributed to making Heartwood the wonderful and inclusive school it has become.