The Federation Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – 26th & 27th May

What better way to finish a busy half term than to have a celebration fit for a queen!

The Federation came together for two days of themed lunches and activities to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. To mark this important occasion, each year group was given a decade from the last 70 years to research. The children found out about popular music, dances, fashion, toys and TV from that era. The children compared the technology and transport to that of today and looked at important inventions from the period. It was a surprise to many of the children, when looking at the timelines they had created, how long the Queen has actually been on the throne.

Over the course of two days the children took part in lots of fun activities including crown making, an outside treasure hunt, writing to the Queen, a school council design competition, cake making and even a 90’s themed disco for Yr 2! On the Friday all the children were invited to come to school in a red, white and blue theme. We were so impressed with their efforts, we loved the wonderful homemade t-shirts and hair accessories!

Both days included a special jubilee themed lunch which we were lucky enough to have outside and all together. A Jubilee picnic on the Thursday and a huge playground ‘street party’ on the Friday. Seeing the children outside laughing, playing and enjoying their time together was a wonderful sight, after so many months of separate class and year group bubbles.

After the street party we gathered together to plant a very special Platinum Jubilee tree to remember the event. The white flowering cherry tree was planted between the two school buildings and as it grows will hopefully be a lovely peaceful place for children to sit and enjoy together. Next to the tree we also buried our school time capsule. We created this together during our history day last term and have added to it over the last few months. The capsule includes photographs, a school jumper, school badges and lots of pandemic memories. Maybe in years to come the children will be able to return to dig it up with their own families and sit under our fully grown Jubilee tree, to meet up with their old school friends.

What a wonderful two days we have had celebrating such an important historical event and special time for our country. Hopefully very memorable for all the children and staff. A big thank you goes out to our wonderful lunchtime and kitchen staff for their hard work and a special mention to the Yr 6 children who helped to set up and serve at our street party.