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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 will build the foundations for this learning earlier on in the year and therefore be able to challenge the children to explore these aspects further. We are hopeful to be able to link with other schools this year as well as welcome more Refugee's and learn all about their amazing stories. Watch this space for more updates!

CMS 2018-2019

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.

CMS 2019-2020

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.

CMS 2020-2021

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.