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Pupils Enjoy Coronation-themed Learning at St Nicolas Infant School

Published on: 8 May, 2023
Updated on: 9 May, 2023

St Nicolas Infant School has marked the coronation of King Charles III with a week of themed learning.

Year 1 pupils chose the coronation as the theme for their class assembly, inviting parents to join them as they taught them about King Charles and performed a coronation-themed dance.

The planting of a hawthorn tree at St Nicolas Infant School as part of its coronation-themed learning week.

The school, off Portsmouth Road, Guildford, says each class received a special coronation book to help them learn about King Charles III’s life and interests, while the coronation has also been the focus of their collective worships over the past week. They reflected on what makes a good leader and the values they show, and thought about their hopes for King Charles.

The children have written prayers on crown shapes, asking God to help King Charles to be a wise and fair king who will respect this world and help people to live life in all its fullness.

The prayers have been attached to a new prayer tree at St Nicolas Church. They also made bunting to decorate the school for its coronation day on Friday.

There has been lots of learning about history and the traditions around the coronation and the royal family.

In Year 2, the children have been designing a new coat of arms for King Charles to represent what they have learnt about him. They have been delighted to learn of his interest in environmental issues and were very interested to learn that he talks to his trees!

All the children made flags for a coronation procession on Friday, finishing with a tree planting ceremony. This is a hawthorn (also called a May tree), which will have beautiful blossom and red berries, and will be the school’s way of commemorating the coronation.

The tree-planting ceremony finished with a gentle shake of a branch, having learned that King Charles does this at every tree planting he attends to wish the tree good luck.

There was also a delicious coronation picnic lunch, complete with crown-shaped biscuits, and the children enjoyed celebrating together, dressed in their red, white, blue and bling!

The school’s parents and staff association organised a coronation disco on Friday evening.

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