Consultation on changing the age range of Dent CE Primary School

In order to ensure that families in Dentdale have the best access possible to childcare and education, Dent School is intending to change it’s age range to offer EYFS provision to 3 year olds. Our intention is that this will complement the existing offer by Dent Preschool, which is run separately to the school. You can read a consultation letter from our chair of governors, Kate Cairns, below.

Collective Worship – Justice – Mr Prescott

As part of our work on the value of Justice, we looked at one of the most famous passages from the Bible about justice, Amos chapter 5.

At first the children were shocked to hear the message that God hated assemblies! But as we explored the passage through drama together they began to see the idea.

The children split up into groups and acted out different roles from the scene – Harriett was a very convincing prophet Amos.

Some of the children acting were too busy with their prayers, songs and sacrifices to notice the other children acting out injustices and suffering all around them – until Amos (Harriett) pointed it out.

We saw that in the Bible, God is not interested in religion, but in our hearts and our actions to others.

This prompted to us to think about what we’ve done this term to challenge injustice in our hearts and actions as well as explore the idea in collective worship.

Well done to the children for their fabulous acting, as well as for their sincere and thoughtful reflections.

Collective Worship -Justice – Mrs Umpleby

Some of the year 5 & 6 children joined Mrs Umpleby today in leading a fantastic collective worship session for the whole school.
The children acted out the story of The Fox & the Stork, from Aesop’s Fables.

We thought about how important it is to treat people how we would wish to be treated, and how justice is about people have what they need, even if that is different for different people.

Well done to Hazel & Bella for acting out the parts so well, and Luke for narrating excellently.

Outdoor & Adventure Day

This week’s outdoor and adventure day, run by Lakes-based company Real Adventure, was a lovely opportunity for the children to connect with each other and nature at the start of the year. Through a wide variety of games, creative projects and reflective discussions, the children were able to explore their own ideas and work together to solve problems.

After lots of time apart and socially distanced, this day of being together in the fresh air was just the tonic.

Collective Worship – Justice – Becca Gilbert

This morning we had a lovely collective worship time together in assembly, even though Covid meant it had to be over zoom!

Becca shared a bible story from Matthew 19, when Jesus challenged the unjust way that people around him treated children. He said that ‘the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’ and welcomed the children when others didn’t see their value.

Then we looked at the example of Rosa Parks, who stood up for justice for black people in Alabama when others wouldn’t, making a huge difference to the lives of many African American people.

“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to  enjoy freedom.“

 Rosa Parks

Becca challenged us to think of examples of injustice in the world around us. Later on we wrote some of our thoughts down, listing injustices in the wider world and in our immediate situations. We started to think about which ones we could do something about and decided to take some action based on these.

Westmorland County Agricultural Show Visit

Children from Class 1 and 2 had a wonderful visit to the Westmorland County Show. We really enjoyed seeing all the different animals being shown, as well as the various stalls and sellers.

It was a great chance for children to learn about the local economy and celebrate and explore our rural heritage and culture.

Class 2 especially enjoyed the firefighters’ exhibition, whilst Class 1 were particularly impressed with the interactive NFU activities and the Falconry display.