Neston Primary Wins Prestigious National Literary Award for Schools
|Published: 5th June 2017 08:45|
Staff and students at Neston Primary School are celebrating, after winning the first ever whole-school John Downing Award.
The Award is one of two made by the UK Literary Association (UKLA) to recognise and celebrate creative teaching inspired by quality texts. Since 2005, UKLA has made the John Downing Award, named after the organisation's first president, to an individual teacher who has inspired their class to immerse themselves in a chosen text. In 2017 a new ‘whole school' category was introduced, encouraging Neston Primary to involve the entire school in their project. Staff and a group of children selected the book ‘Atlas of Adventures' by Lucy Letherland and Rachel Williams from the UKLA Book Award shortlist for the previous year.
Head teacher Rob Golding with a class of pupils thoroughly immersed in their literary project.
The beautifully illustrated picture and information book inspired Neston Primary School pupils of all ages to explore history, science, geography, music, dance, art, design and drama, in a project carried out over two months earlier this year.
To present their imaginative and stimulating entry, Neston Primary School utilised a variety of media. Joy Court, chair of the judging panel for UKLA, said: "Their beautifully prepared scrapbook made inventive use of QR codes to link to video and musical demonstrations of the high quality work they produced, as well as presenting examples of creative writing and artwork throughout the school."
Speaking after hearing of the school's success in the awards, Neston Primary Head Teacher Rob Golding said: "We are delighted to have won this award. This justifiably recognises the energy, creativity and hard work of our pupils and staff."
Staff were as enthusiastic about the project as the pupils themselves. One class teacher, Margie Robinson, said: "This was an amazing opportunity for all pupils, aged from 4 to 11, to work together on a combined project, and to use such a beautiful book as the inspiration for work right across the curriculum."
Mr Golding will attend UKLA's 53rd annual International Conference in Glasgow on 1 July to deliver a presentation to share good practice - describing the work carried out and the children's response. He will also be presented with the school's award by the authors of ‘Atlas of Adventures.' As an additional reward, UKLA will endeavour to arrange a visit to the school by the authors, to meet the pupils who have demonstrated such enthusiasm for their book.