Children Spread a Little Christmas Cheer

christmas-lettersIn Year 4 at Valley Road School they decided that in the last couple of weeks of term it would be a good idea to try and spread a little Christmas cheer. They focused their Literacy lessons on writing letters and then made handmade cards, envelopes and a bookmark present. Class Teacher, Mrs Herbert, contacted the Over 6os club in Henley, explained the project and asked if they thought there would be anyone that would like to receive a package from our 8 and 9 year olds – she was given 39 names and addresses!

The class were then taken out either on foot or in the minibus with Mrs Herbert and her Teaching Assistants, to begin delivering the packages to the people in the local community (all 39 on the list!). Over the course of 2 days all the letters were delivered. During the process they met a couple of the the recipients, who were very grateful and touched. Mrs Herbert said, “One gentleman came straight out whilst we were delivering and was keen to meet the girl that had written his letter. It turned out she shared the same name as his mother. He also showed her a special picture of him catching a prize winning ray with people that shared her surname!”

The children had been taught that if you show interest in someone else that they are likely to show interest in you, so with this in mind their letters contained questions and to their delight, within a day the first letters began to come back to them via the school! There were stories, jokes, and cards. One lady mentioned to her letter writer that it was just her and her dog at home at Christmas so they weren’t doing a tree and decorations. This was something that Katy just had to fix, and so she came back to school the next day to get the address once again. She had made a small Christmas tree and with the help of her parents wanted to take it to Sheila so she could enjoy it too.

Mrs Herbert said, “This has definitely been the most worthwhile project I have come up with. The children were writing for a real purpose and were spreading good feeling at the same time. It was lovely to see the excitement on their faces when the replies started to come back in. We live in a lovely place and many of our children are very fortunate, this project has encouraged them to consider other people, particularly at this special time of year.”



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