Community Arts and Crafts Surprise for Fen Ditton Pupils!
Since schools closed on the 20 March, like many pupils across the country, Fen Ditton Primary Academy children have been accessing their learning from home. The school has been immensely proud of the way the children have adapted to this new way of working and how parents have established new home school routines to support them.
In addition to providing access to the curriculum, the school wanted their pupils to make time to have some fun and do something that relaxes their minds. Inspired by a recent project launched by The Meadow Primary School, an academy who are also part of Anglian Learning multi academy trust, the idea of creating an arts and crafts goody bag for each child was formed. The bags are filled with useful resources including water colour paints, sketch books, crayons, and sequins to allow the children to get creative.
The school needed to secure funding in order to make this happen so approached Abbey People within their local community.
Charlotte James, Deputy Headteacher said: “We are extremely grateful to Abbey People for agreeing to support us with this project. We hope the goody bags bring the children and their families some fun and happiness during these challenging times.
“Ideas for craft activities were included along with a request for the sharing of the finished products on the school’s Twitter page and in the pupils’ Google classrooms. We are also running a school competition to produce a piece of artwork to celebrate and thank a key worker.”
Stuart Wood Trustee / Treasurer of Abbey People said: “Partnering with the local schools on this Art Pack project, for the benefit of the primary school children in our community has been a pleasure. In this first phase, we are pleased to have worked with Fen Ditton Primary School staff to develop the project, and we are offering it to The Galfrid School. We are also in conversation with St Matthew’s and Teversham Primary Schools about how we might work with them.
“Abbey People have also been supporting families with meals and food parcels, thanks to funding from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, and in partnership with Cambridge Online, we have supplied tablets to children who do not have access to a device to complete schoolwork. We are grateful for the funding we have received, and the donations from local residents, that have made this possible.”
Abbey People in Cambridge is a vibrant community group improving the lives and wellbeing of Abbey residents. Their guiding principle is working together for a better community by bringing people together through organising events and workshops and being a voice for the community.