Since 2013, Talbot Primary School has been partnered with Raynville Primary School in West Leeds. Raynville Primary School has a very different catchment area from Talbot and this helps pupils from both schools to understand some of the similarities and differences between schools within their city. As such, this project supports cultural diversity, community cohesion, and fundamental British values.
Each year pupils from Year 4 meet up and participate in themed workshops, half of which are done at Talbot and half of which are done at Raynville.
One workshop that pupils take part in during the autumn term was a Forest Schools day at Roundhay Park. Forest Schools is a creative way of learning by encouraging and inspiring individuals through positive outdoor experiences; children from both schools get to know each other through a common experience. The pupils always have a great day out - making shelters, identifying leaves, twigs and insects and making mobiles and crowns out of our natural resources they find.
What the pupils say:
"I really enjoyed making the shelters. The children from Raynville were kind." - Caitlin
"We made brilliant shelters with leaves and branches with Raynville. We even made a path!" - Joe
"I enjoyed meeting new friends." - Ayaan
"I liked working with the cards that helped us identify the leaves and twigs." - Melissa
"It was hard work getting the big branches to rest on the Silver Birch to make our shelter. It was great fun!"" - Evan
Other events throughout the year included orienteering and an Asian inspired celebration based around art, music and dance.