Ten year 7 students at Isambard Community School have worked with students at neighbouring Uplands Special School to come up with a collection of joint stories that have been published in a series of books.
As part of a project to improve links between the schools on the North Swindon Learning Campus, the youngsters from Isambard spent time talking to counterparts at Uplands about their interests and hobbies in order to make the books as personal as possible.
The Isambard students had four weeks to plan and create the books, many of which included kinaesthetic and auditory elements to further engage the students at Uplands.
The youngsters then returned to Uplands to read their work.
Year 7 student Erica Hopkinson said the group felt honoured to be chosen to take part. “I really enjoyed the project with Uplands students. I was a little nervous at first but felt very welcomed. They gave us inspiration, although we were worried about their reaction when we went back.
“But as soon as we started reading we were delighted to see the excitement on their faces.”
Impressive commitment from students
English teacher Jen Moore added that most of the writing took place in the students’ own time, during lunch hours and at home. “They showed impressive commitment by putting in a lot of extra hours,” she said.
Isambard and Uplands have plans for more joint projects.
Pictured: The Isambard authors with one of their books