Students from Rockingham Junior and Infant School in Rotherham have been working on various NEMESIS social innovation projects, including tree planting and supporting the homeless. Children, parents, teachers, and members of the local community worked together to improve the local community. They also collaborated with students from other schools locally and abroad, to discuss social innovation ideas.
Supporting the Homeless
Year 3 students began NEMESIS project of raising money for the homeless. They were looking to develop a sustainable project that would continue to support others. They worked with Safe Haven, The Light House project and Shiloh to develop a strategy of support.
A speaker from ‘Safe at Last’ visited the school to talk to the children about homelessness. The children learned about how and why some people become homeless and how they might feel. Then, they discussed what they would take with them from their house if they were going to leave home, prompting some interesting discussions and ideas for the project.
The Year 3 children at Rockingham and fellow Willow Tree school Greasbourgh have been working with parents and Craig McCrindle who is supporting the schools in planting trees in the area. The students first looked at how to plant trees within their own environment to create an orchard.
Then, they went with their parents and local Councillor Elliott to plant trees and improve the community and environment. The children thought about creating a vision for a better world, having resilience, and working with others in the community to enable them to build positive relationships.
Collaboration with other NEMESIS schools
These students worked with their local community and collaborated with other Willow Tree schools, Roughwood and Greasbourgh. They also FaceTimed a school in Whitby to discuss their project, and exchanged letters with the students of CEIP Los Albares in Spain.
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