Gardeners and Seedlings…
This is a project we have in school which ‘buddies up’ a Year 6 child with a child in EYFS. The relationship begins even before the youngest child starts school. The aim is to provide the newest children in school with positive role models who will guide, support and nurture them as they settle into school life…and throughout their first year. For the older children, it gives them a sense of responsibility and encourages them to live out our school value of ‘Love’, especially ‘LOVING OTHERS’ and also ‘LOVING OURSELVES’ as patience, self-control and self-respect are qualities needed to fulfil the role of a successful gardener.
The idea of the older children being the gardeners nurturing the young ‘seedlings’ fits beautifully with our belief that at St. John’s we are
‘Rooted and Grounded in Love’.
During the course of the year the children will take part in activities that develop their friendship and each others learning. This year the children will lead worship time together for the whole school, take part in a war time street party and share and support each other’s reading.
The children showed fantastic team work when they worked together to create an alter cloth to be used in worship time.