Carry My Story Project
Carry My Story 2022
St John’s Infant School is situated in Dewsbury Moor and we are proud to be part of such a supportive community. We are always looking for ways to connect with the community and reach out to our extended St John’s Family. At St John’s, we ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn about our local area and take part in learning opportunities on our doorstep. When we heard about the Carry My Story Project, we knew we had to get involved…
What is the Carry My Story Project?
Carry My Story is a project running across the Kirklees authority which provides children the opportunity to learn about themselves, learn about others and connect with their community on a deeper level. Children are encouraged to explore their identities and their heritage as well as getting to know their own community. As part of the project, the children will visit other schools to meet other children, they will be visited by people in the community who will share their identities with us and tell us their own stories. The project provides a range of opportunities in the community as well as supporting us to develop our own identities that we can be proud of.
The project is carried out across Kirklees which gives us the chance to meet children from schools around the area which are similar and different to our own. The children will make friends, gain confidence and have an amazing time learning to “Carry Stories”.
Who will be taking part in the Carry My Story Project?
Mrs Banham and Mrs Karani have been very lucky to be involved in such an exciting project. In January 2022, the Carry My Story Journey began. We started working closely with our Enrichment group from Key Stage 1. From day 1 of the project, the Carry My Story group have worked incredibly hard and Mrs Banham and Mrs Karani are extremely proud them. There are many schools across Kirklees taking part in Carry My Story but this year, we have been linked with Diamond Wood Community Academy. We have loved getting to know the children and staff from another school a few miles away in Ravensthorpe.
What have we done so far?
We have been very busy! First of all we created an identity box to send to Diamond Wood Community Academy. This included:
- portraits of the group
- a map to show them where St John's Infant School is
- a Golden Ticket
- a rainbow cross to show we are a church school
- a recipe book of our favourite meals
- a school jumper
- our Christian Values
And much more!
We received an exciting parcel in the post from Diamond Wood too! We loved opening up the box which was decorated as a celebration vehicle from Pakistan!
We have been really lucky to visit our link school, Diamond Wood Community Academy. We had a tour of the school, talked about our Identity Boxes, played some games and got to know our new friends. It was really exciting having lunch in their Art Studio and playing in their playground.
Our friends from Diamond Wood Community Academy came to visit our school too! We showed them around our classrooms, took them to St John's Church for a tour and a talk from Mr Brooke and did some activities guessing the smell and taste of foods from our heritage countries. We loved spending another day with our new friends.
In June, we are going to meet our friends from Diamond Wood Community Academy in Crow Nest Part for a picnic and to play some games.
Another exciting delivery
After the Easter Holidays, we received a parcel in the post. At first we thought Diamond Wood had sent us another gift but to our amazement it was from someone else! The box was carefully wrapped and addressed to us with a Carry My Story label attached. Inside there was the most beautifully decorated, heart shaped wooden box. The box was completely covered by a collage of images and was carrying a story and an object inside...
To find out about the story and the special gift, keep checking the school website!
We will continue to update the page with more information about our Carry My Story Journey.