Children take over at St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School

Children with their flour babies at St Norbert's Catholic School.
Children with their flour babies at St Norbert's Catholic School.
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Move over teachers – children at St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School in Spalding have taken control of the school in an initiative to break down barriers between generations.

Year 6 pupils shadowed members of staff and took part in decision making within the school, as part of a national incentive – Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

It is hoped this initiative will encourage children’s active involvement in their communities.

During the day, pupils also explored roles and responsibilities.

John Hayes MP was able to see this in action during his visit, when he visited classes sharing information about his role in government.

In all year groups, from reception to Year 5, children made their own flour babies, as inspired by the novel of the same title by Anne Fines.

Pupils took their babies home in order to make outfits and accessories for them, before taking them back to school and acting as parents.

The babies had to be nurtured and protected all day. They couldn’t be left alone or unattended, so the children needed to be responsible and think about the needs of their baby before their own, such as organising break time babysitting groups.

Jenna Withers, assistant headteacher, said: “It was a great day enjoyed by all.”