A day in the life
A visit to School 360
As you come into the school, you are greeted warmly by the receptionist who stops what she’s doing, smiles and asks you how you are. She asks if it’s your first visit to the school, and when you say yes, she says she is going to arrange for some children to give you a quick tour of the school.
Three smiling children arrive at reception. They talk confidently and excitedly about the school, as well as asking who you are and why you are visiting.
First, they take you to the playground, where you see a group of Year 1 children building a den from sticks and tarpaulin in the forest area. The children are working independently and seem to have been building the structure for some time as it’s quite complex. They chatter as they help each other, holding sticks, whilst others cut tape and string and fix them in place, agreeing what they need to do next to improve the den. You ask them what they are building, and they tell you they are building a hide-out so that they can observe birds in the garden area and see what they like to do. They will use this information to build a bird-friendly area on the other side of the playground, because they have read that bird populations in the city are dwindling. The Year 1 teacher is working with small groups of children to help them produce a guide to UK birds, which includes pictures and descriptions. He is sharing with them a page he made yesterday, and asking for their feedback, so that he can improve it and share it with them again tomorrow.
A day in the life at School 360
Asha arrives at school on time, dressed in her School 360 uniform that she wears with pride. She is proud to be a part of her school community and loves to talk about it whenever she gets the chance.
She steps off her scooter and wheels it through the school gates, towards the bicycle shed. She is greeted with kindness by her smiling head teachers who always say good morning and call her by her name.
As she approaches her classroom, Asha looks up at the sky and wonders if it might rain today. She secretly hopes that it does, because then she’ll get to wear her dinosaur wellies when she plays outside!
Asha says goodbye to her dad as he hands her her rucksack. Even though he sometimes likes to carry it for her, she is showing more and more responsibility each day as she packs her own bag and fills her own water bottle, planning ahead and feeling prepared.
Today, Asha is feeling excited to be at school but she knows it’s ok to sometimes feel worried or tired too because her teacher always gives them time to talk about how they feel and to explore how these feelings can change.
“Come and look at this”, call Abdul and Sam. They show Asha to the bug hotel that they had built together the day before, but the stick roof had collapsed and the leaves they used hadn’t attracted any bugs! Asha and her friends use what they know to get to work on the next draft.
The day has begun.