TWO very different schools are learning about each other in a year-long project.
Identity and citizenship are among the themes being explored during the link between Birkby Infant and Nursery and Shelley First Schools.
Children will also work together on other areas of the curriculum and get the chance to visit and work in a school setting which is very different from their own.
Linda Shaw, deputy headteacher at Birkby Infant and Nursery School said: “The children from Birkby have already spent a day at Shelley and future plans involve working with an artist and dance teacher which will lead to a performance which will be put on for both sets of parents to enjoy.”
The project has been organised with support from the Kirklees and Bradford Schools Linking Network.
It kicked off with both schools meeting at The Zone in Huddersfield for a variety of activities.
Several schools across Kirklees are now involved in twinning projects with school communities very different from their own.
Many involve rural schools with a predominantly white community linking with schools in more urban settings which have a large proportion of children and families from ethnic minority and asylum seeking communities.
Mrs Shaw from Birkby and Sarah Cunningham from Shelley are leading the projects in both schools.
The twinning projects aim to promote community cohesion and greater tolerance and understanding among families from different communities.