Rochdale

Rochdale Schools Linking Project is led by the Equalities Team (Rochdale Borough Council) and has been running since 2017.  Initially involving 14 classes from 12 schools, the programme has expanded to include 30 classes in 2019/20, engaging approximately 860 children from 25 local schools. In 2020-21, we are still linking; building a sense of togetherness with other children and creating shared learning adventures from within the classroom.  Also, as we are unable to physically link at the moment, we have put together a bank of useful websites with home learning ideas and online safety guidelines, for you to access on our Home School Heroes page, please take a look!

We are lucky enough to work with the fabulous M6 Theatre.  Based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre is one of Britain’s leading theatre companies, specialising in creating and delivering dynamic, high quality and relevant productions for young audiences;  not only do they offer a joyful linking experience, but build life skills too! This year, as the children are unable to meet at the theatre, M6  have created a fabulous new shared theatre experience for the classes to enjoy and work on together, more about that below.

M6 Theatre’s ethos and focus on children’s social and emotional development are common to TLN; well thought through workshops help build confidence and break down barriers, whilst having fun.  The children meet meet in a positive environment and using theatre as a springboard for meaningful conversation and activities,  move from working alone to working as a team.  These experiences will be virtual in 2020-21, but will continue to provide positive and engaging experiences for children, helping them to build an understanding of how to live together with kindness and confidence.

M6 Theatre have made some short films to explain what they do:  

 M6 Theatre and how they work with the Rochdale Schools Linking Programme

How the workshops help to build character 

Designing workshops for linking

Virtual Linking

Lots of virtual linking has been happening in the Rochdale area in the Autumn term; Deeplish and St Mary’s RC Primary, Littleborough shared their ideas for the morals of ‘When we Started Singing’ with M6 Theatre on Twitter ; as did Deeplish and Caldershaw Primary Schools here;  both groups have some lovely ideas about how to care for each other and ourselves… we agree – kindness is the best- and we all need a friend.

We encourage everyone to take a look at this inspirational theatre, it is free and there are additional resources, like this kindness assembly powerpoint to support teachers, making it easy to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at St Peter’s CE and St Joseph’s CE in Rochdale, meeting for the first time online here. Their virtual linking day was a huge success with lots of fun in the class room and some thoughtful discussion and a poem:


 

 

4C -St. Peter’s Church of England School

Our class is like no other, there are some things you should know,

Our class is like no other, let us tell you before you go.

We’re really good at gymnastics and being the good soil
We’d like to show your our playground
We like to play the name game
We can make you laugh by pulling silly faces
We’re good friends to have because we make each other laugh
Our class is like no other, there are some things you should know,
Our class is like no other, no it’s time for us to go

 

 

 

Class 5B at Smithy Bridge Primary school created these beautiful pictures, after working on the fabulous book ‘Incredible You’ – never stop being your incredible selves!

      

     

We Are We – a collective poem

Belonging, a sense of affinity, of being part of something larger can feel so important when we are growing up. In Rochdale, ever diverse and steeped in cooperative history, the idea resonates.  One of the things that we love about Schools Linking is the way it celebrates a sense of self while championing a sense of belonging.  We wanted to find a way to capture this.

We worked with a small group of children to come up with a structure for a poem.

I am …

He is …

She is …

You are …

They are …

 

I am Me but We are We

Every Linking child in Rochdale was invited to complete the verse and then each class was invited to select their favourite and contribute it to the collective poem.  A number of classes combined their individual ideas to create something new.  We have had some wonderful submissions.  Each verse is unique and each verse belongs in the poem.  So, I am me, but WE are Rochdale!  You can find the finished poems on Twitter here. We selected a few of our favourites to share:

If you would like to learn more about the Rochdale Schools Linking Programme, please contact:

Erica Field, Equalities Team, Rochdale Borough Council – erica.field@rochdale.gov.uk

Follow us on Twitter  @RochdaleCouncil

Or find us under Schools and Education on the Rochdale Council website