Carry My Story: A Kirklees Community Linking Project
Diamond Wood Community Academy is at the heart of the Ravensthorpe community. We strive to ensure our curriculum is based around developing our pupil’s sense of self and identity. Part of this is providing learning opportunities surrounding the area they live in and the stories of those who live alongside them. With this in mind, we have become an ambassador school for the Carry My Story project which has been run by our local authority for the past five years.
What is the Carry My Story Project?
Carry My Story is a Kirklees school-linking project which provides the opportunity for children to explore their own identities and learn about others. The children are visited by local people who come into school to ‘tell their story’ and explain how they are a part of their community. This not only supports the children’s learning and development but also helps to create strong community links.
The Linking Programme also involves schools from across our local authority with the aim of linking them together to provide children with the opportunity to meet children from different ethnicities and backgrounds. They will build friendships with others they would normally not come into much contact with. The project teams up with 'The Linking Network' for this aspect of the project.
Last year, the project proved so beneficial that we decided to engage the whole school in it this year. During the Spring term, all classes got involved in a ‘Carry My Story’ topic across school. This provided the opportunity to invite parents and family members into school to share their stories and work alongside their children.
Carry My Story has become a core feature of our curriculum design and has supported us in ensuring we provide children with progressive, bespoke and uniquly personalised teaching and learning experiences. We were the first school in Kirklees to involve the whole school in the project and adapt our curriculum to fully immerse ourselves in it.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Mrs Price has now signed us up for another year of Carry My Story! As well as taking part in the project itself, we will be having the whole of our Spring 2 term focusing on Identity and Community. We have been building the foundations for this learning already throughout this academic year. Therefore, we will be able to challenge the children to explore these aspects further.
Update - January 2022
We are very excited to announce that we have recently been told which school we will be linking with in the coming months! The school is...
ST. JOHNS CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL IN DEWSBURY.
Mrs Price is working alongside the staff at St. Johns to plan and arrange some exciting and meaningful linking opportunities for our pupils. Their school vision is 'Together in love, we learn with Respect, Hope, Friendship and Forgiveness. They clearly share very similar values to us here at Diamond Wood and we can't wait to explore some of these similarities as well as some differences. As part of this linking work will explore our community, school and individual identities and share stories with one another in the hope of learning more about things we might not already know.
If you would like to take a look at their school website follow this link https://www.stjohnsceinfantschool.co.uk/.
Update - March 2022
The time has finally arrived...
It is Spring 2 and our Topic is Carry My Story!
Click here to see an overview of the project from 2018-2019.
This was our very first year engaging with the Carry My Story and Linking Network teams.
We quickly realised how beneficial the project was for our pupils and how it had a much bigger potential for our pupils and community.
Click here to see an overview of the project from 2019-2020.
This was a challenging year due to the start of the Covid19 pandemic. The restrictions put in place that the project was cut short.
However, as you will see, our pupils were still able to engage in some very purposeful learning.
Click here to see an overview of the project from 2020-2021.
Again, this was a challenging year but we are proud to say that we still engaged with the project successfully and were creative in the way we did this.