We have started this academic year with the ‘Collaboration’ learning power as our focus in assemblies and talking groups. With the children going in to new classes it is an appropriate time to think about the importance of working together with different children. We have been thinking about how we all have different skills and knowledge to offer the group and that we need to use our strengths and develop in areas where we are less confident by listening to others. The Year 6 children were given a particularly tough challenge of going on a treasure hunt around the school in groups of six while holding on to a hoop. They all had to be touching the hoop at all times. While getting through doors proved quite challenging, the team ethic this developed in the first few days was really important and has set them up for the year ahead. Year 5 have also collaborated closely for their toilet paper fashion show with some wonderful results as you can see below. We will be thinking about some of the challenges that are faced when working collaboratively over the next few weeks and how we can overcome them. Closer collaborative working with other local primary schools is also an area that Mrs Hinstridge and I have been trying to develop over the past couple of years, to share skills and expertise across the town. We are excited about the future opportunities in this area where we can work more closely with these schools; sharing the skills of the Summercroft staff and learning more from others.