We want the children to play an active part in choosing charities which charities our school will support and we want them to be closely involved with the charities they have chosen.
We want to focus on three areas of charity work which we believe are relevant to the lives and interests of our children, specifically charities that; support environment/wildlife, are local and support children.
The three charities the school is supporting from September 2017 are:
Over the course of the year there we will hold a series of fundraising events for the charities and year groups and classes also do their own thing. The children learn in more detail about the work of the charities and meet workers and people associated with them. Charity workers are invited to a school assembly to share with the children the work their charity does. Classes can find out more about the chosen charities and this can be linked into the curriculum at times throughout the year. Our aim is that the children will be engaged in a more hands on, informed approach to charity work and see it as more than a chance to ‘dress up’.
We have also implemented the community green token idea (seen in some supermarkets) to share out the charity pot at the end of the year. The children are given green tokens at various times in the year and will be able to decide which charity to register their vote with by popping their token into the relevant container in our charity display. At the end of our cycle, the charity funds are then divided up in proportion to the numbers of green tokens collected – a mathematical task to occupy the Year 6 mathematicians.
Last year we supported the The Stubbington Ark (RSPCA), Ronald McDonald House and The Woodland Trust, raising ££1,570, £825 and £430 for them respectively.