Primary School Linking in Bradford

Pupils from semi-rural and urban schools work together in pairs This film follows Year 5 pupils from Thornton Primary, in a semi-rural part of Bradford LA, as they embark on their first visit to partner school Barkerend Primary in the city centre. The visit is part of a year-long linking project exploring the theme of identity, supported by the Schools Linking Network.

Working in pairs, the children consider the visible and invisible similarities and differences between each other. Next, they compare and contrast their schools. Finally, they collaborate to design their ideal school. Back at Thornton, class teacher Angela Lodge organises a reflective discussion with a small group of her pupils at the end of the day.

The Schools Linking Network started six years ago in Bradford, and is now embarking on a national programme to support other local authorities across the UK in establishing sustainable and effective linking programmes.

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