Wells-next-the-Sea

Primary & Nursery School

Community

Learning in the Community

We value our position in the local community. It is important to us that the children develop an understanding of their heritage and the area in which they live.

The school regularly use St Nicholas' church for Harvest Festival and Christmas celebrations. Reverend Brenda also leads whole school assemblies each half term and supports us with our RE learning.

For many years we have had regular links with Holkham Estate. The children have enjoyed outdoor learning sessions, camping in the woods, Christmas at Holkham, field study on the beach and most recently, Key Stage two have visited HOlkham to find out about different jobs as part of Work Week.

We are now entering our third year of working with the Wells Maltings Trust. Through assemblies and workshops the school have learned about local heritage and art. In previous years, the children have studied Wells through the ages, looking at life from 1900 to 1920, which was brought to life through drama presentations. They have found out about the history of fishermen and smugglers and studied coastal art.

Last summer, each class prepared exhibits for the Town's Shoe Trail, where they found out about the history of some significant houses across the town.

This year, the whole school is getting involved with the Maltings Full Circle Project, which will offer history and art activities based on the Bronze Age, Egyptians, Romans and Edwardians.

Each class benefits from at least one community reader who visits them weekly to support reading. The community readers are invited to attend our class Curiosity Cafes and an end-of-year tea party.

Our annual Work Week is another exciting way of involving the community in our learning. Each year we organise a wide variety of visits to places of work and visitors to come in to school so that the children can learn about the world of work, which jobs support our community and which skills and values employers look for.