Sefton Park School has been blessed with a range of visits this term from parents and relatives who have brought to life key aspects of the topics being studied by our children.
In Year 6, our children have been looking at what it was like to be a child growing up in World War 2. D-Day veteran Jim Cooper and his wife Joyce came in during November to share their experiences of being sunk on D-Day, becoming German POWs, frostbite in Belgium, watching the Blitz, being shot in Holland and finally being involved in the Nuremberg Trials. “We were privileged to hear from them,” said Year 6 Teacher, Richard Hogg. “They answered all our questions and had a captive audience as we heard about their early lives.”
Poplar class children were amazed to hear that Joyce had slept through air raids. Maggie Smithson, Poplar class Teacher added, “We are extremely grateful to Jeremy Banning, Military Historian and parent of a Y6 child, who kindly organised this amazing event for us. The children were suitably appreciative of just what a privilege it was to meet Jim and Joyce who had experienced life during the Second World War.”
In Year 4, children held a Science Day to learn all about the body. Leila's Mum came to talk to the children about the skeleton and muscles, due to her job as a physiotherapist ,and Jacob's Dad, a Doctor, came to talk to them about digestion. “We are so grateful for their contribution”, said Elena Smith, Class Teacher. “It makes such a difference to our learning when we have visitors who can share an alternative perspective.”
Junior children were visited by actor Thomas Dennis in late October. Thomas was performing in the lead role in Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse at the Bristol Hippodrome at the time, and had previously toured with the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime.