Throughout the course of the year we hold a number of special memorable events for the children, these have included: book week, eco week, science day, sports day, dress up days, school performances and international events. These are by no means the only memorable times for the children…each day we aim to hold exciting and engaging learning opportunities for the children at DVIS!
Our annual Big Week
In 2019 our annual BIG week was based on 'Welcome'. The children looked at what it is like to move to a new place and how we welcome others. The week started with a playground full of reclaimed boxes and fabrics and the children were challenged to make themselves a home and to think about what makes a home. All children then participated in workshops run by Bigfoots Art Education company looking at what it means to be a refugee. The children read a range of stories over the week such as Paddington Bear by M Bond, Migration - Open Hearts, Open Borders, Everybody's Welcome by P Hegarty and My name is not refugee by K Milner. These stories challenged their thinking, grew an understanding of what being a refugee means and how they might welcome others new to school or their communities. The children wrote, stories, poems, role plays, discussed the topic of welcome and created some great pieces of art.
In 2018 we held our BIG week again and the topic was "When I grow up!"! The children arrived in the playground on a Tuesday morning to find a whole host of different experiences on offer.... from shop keeping to nursing, building to sports development, The children spent the rest of the week hearing from parents about their jobs, about ideas for future jobs and careers and what skills might be needed for these. At the end of the week the children dressed up to show their hoped for future job! Throughout the week we aimed to challenge the children with regards to stereotypes and roles in the work place as well as thinking about different skills we can start to build up in order to support our dreams. The work also supported the idea of transitions and lent itself nicely to preparing the children for next steps into a new class or new school.
A Cross-School International Afternoon
A great first joint international afternoon was held in May 2018 between the Hamlet Junior School and Dulwich Village CE Infants' School. We opened up the Francis Building playground into the Hamlet playground and the fun began. Each class had developed a display and 'stall' based on a country based on the children's work, teachers ideas and parental support. There was a joint choir, catwalk of traditional dress and food tasting galore. Every child could take a passport around to each stall and stamp the passport once they had visited a country. It was a colourful, exciting and fun family event that was underpinned by some wonderful learning and creativity.
We hope to repeat this event on a biannual basis.