Whenever possible we like to collaborate with others to further our aims for the curriculum and to enrich the experiences available for both children and staff. Please explore this page to see what we have been up to.
The PLACE project
Our school is one of several in Cumbria that are part of this two year project which is exploring and creating place-based paths to learning. This is perfectly aligned to our aim for our curriculum to be more specific to our place and based on experiential learning.
The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ and is a collaboration between four partners: Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC), Development Education in Dorset (DEED), the Centre for Environmental Education and Ethics - Czech Republic (SEVER) and the SOSNA Eco Centre in Slovakia.
Core pathways for learning include therapeutic gardening, philosophy for children (P4C), community activism and questing.
Miss Hamblet and Mrs Dawson are leading on our project to develop a therapeutic garden area in Phoenix Park next to the school grounds. The Year 2 children have been working hard in school time and in an after school club to make this happen and we are being supported by several members of the local community.
Mr Norman is focusing on developing a Quest as a tool for exploring and understanding different areas of Wigton.
In May Miss Hamblet and Mr Norman were able to visit the SOSNA centre in Slovakia and spent time learning from and sharing their learning with teachers and trainers from all three countries involved.
Wigton Infant's Place Project
Our Place Project is to develop a Therapeutic Garden in our locality. The local council donated a piece of land in Phoenix Park to us and we have been working so hard to create a special place. We want members of the community to be able to use our garden and for it to be a place where people can relax and connect to nature. We designed what our ideal garden would look like and what features we would like there to be including a herbal garden, sensory path and wooden archway. We are so excited to continue working on this project!
The WELL project
Western Excellence in Leadership and Learning (WELL) is an evidence informed, transformational education project, made possible through Sellafield Ltd, NDA and the commitment of schools across West Cumbria. The aim of the project is to sustainably improve educational outcomes for all young people in West Cumbria, particularly those facing disadvantage. Alongside a range of training and development work made possible by WELL our school has chosen to allocate an annual grant to an innovative project designed to enhance social, emotional and communication learning for a targeted group of children (consisting of approximately 25% of our Year 1 and Year 2 children). The core activity for this project is regular visits to local nature-rich sites with staff trained in Forest School and Social and Emotional learning.
So far we have carried out around 15 visits with our children to sites including Campfield Marsh, Finglandrigg Wood, Drumburgh Moss and Wolsty Banks. We have volunteered to work with the University of Nottingham and the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) to explore teacher-led action research and to support evaluation of the whole WELL project. So far we are delighted with the response from the children and the parents that we have surveyed.
The Big Plant
The Big Plant was an initiative from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust in May this year which was designed to encourage community groups to create or improve habitat for pollinators in Cumbria. Wigton Infant School was one of over 100 organisations to sign up.
Staff, parents, grandparents and children worked together in the school grounds to remove turf and plant an area of 25 square metres with native Cumbrian wildflower seeds and plug plants which Cumbria Wildlife Trust had provided. Hopefully we have not only created a beautiful wildflower meadow but also created essential habitat for our wild pollinating bees, butterflies, bugs, flies and beetles.
Alongside our tree planting over the last four years and our changed approach to mowing and use of herbicides this has helped to make the school grounds a more biodiverse and interesting place to play and learn.
Global Learning Conference at Rheged
Three of our children went to the Global Learning Conference at Rheged to show other schools and their teachers the work we have been doing on Thinking Global and Acting Local. The Year 2 children learnt all about the problem with plastic and carried out some local action by collecting and recycling waste from Speet Gill Woods.
Visit from an Islamic expert
We had a very exciting and interesting visit from Imran who told us about the Islamic faith, how Muslims worship and all about their core beliefs.
Cumbrian Litter Pick
In July 2018 Wigton Infant School took part in the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick, organised by Friends of the the Lake District.
Year 2 walked to Speet Gill Woods, litter picking all the way, Year 1 tidied up Phoenix Park and the Reception children concentrated on the school grounds. We collected several sacks of litter and rubbish for recycling but we were actually very pleased with how clean most of Wigton was already!
Morton School Science Fair
Some lucky Year 2 children visited the Science Fair at Morton Secondary School with Mr Cartwright and Mr Norman. The Science ambassadors showed us some amazing things and had some fun activities for us to try.
As part of Democracy Week the School Council invited the Mayor of Wigton, Mrs Elaine Lynch, and the Mayor of Allerdale, Mr John Crouch, to come and visit us. Both Mayors talked to the whole school in assembly about their important jobs and then had a long discussion with our School Council.
Action for Refugees
Mr Cartwright told the whole school about Refugees and the difficulties they face. The School Council decided to take action and sent an appeal to our school community supporting the work that the Carlisle Action for Refugees group was doing. We collected lots of rucksacks full of essential things for the refugees at Calais.