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Making a Difference- Swaffham community and beyond

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:

  • Socially impactful to help the community. Quality social action that responds to the real needs of Swaffham and really help local people. This extends to the wider geography too. 
  • Embedded to create lasting changes and behaviour. Social action is golden thread throughout our whole school curriculum and Heartwood values. 
  • child-led, owned and shaped by our children's needs , ideas and decision making. Giving the children the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to lead projects to make a difference. 
  • Progressive creating a long-lasting approach to making a difference and commitment to helping others
  • Reflective recognising the difference that Heartwood has made and thinking critically about how to take this further or improve our approach 

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.



Heartwood was been awarded the Eco-school flag!

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!


Community Book Hive

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. 

Happy reading! 

Reception Key worker children thanking the Swaffham Community Hospital

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. 

Year 1 collected food for the Swaffham Food Bank as part of a reverse advent calendar

Staff Christmas donations to Swaffham food bank

'We will remember them...'

As a school we raised £157.83 for the Poppy Appeal 2020❤️

Nursery Remembrance day activities

Mouse Class (Nursery) have been learning how to look after the class pets. We have to clean out Rex the rabbit's hutch every week so he has a nice clean place to sleep, we help to feed him every day and give him lots of cuddles so he feels loved!
We also have two Giant African Land Snails in our class, Sue and Richard! They love to eat cucumber and we help to keep them clean by giving them the occasional bath too!

Year 1 

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. 

Moles Class 

Our Moles class are working towards the Young leaders Award facilitated by the Archbishop of York Youth trust. 

Year 2

Year 2 have explored the impact and potential danger of using plastic in our world. They went litter picking to help keen the local community tidy and where astounded by the amount of plastic waste they found, including plastic bags. They decided to design and create canvas bags to sell which would encourage the community to use less plastic. 

Year 3

Year 3  incorporated their science topic with the allotment. The children have been learning about rocks and soil and carrying out investigations. The explored which was the right soil/growing environment for plants to grow. They planted some potatoes and pumpkins which will be shared with the elderly in the community.

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. 

Macmillan Cancer Support- The staff of Heartwood raised £56.73 by hosting a cake table to raise money.

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...

Mouse Class Harvest activities...

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. 

Thank you 

Thank you NHS!!