On Saturday the 6th of May 2023, the whole of the United Kingdom came together as we watched our new monarch, King Charles the third, be crowned King of England.


Last week's coronation event was a significant moment in British history as it marked the beginning of a new reign. Saturday’s ceremony was steeped in tradition, and included rituals such as the king being anointed in holy oil; being presented with the crown and sceptre; and finally taking an oath of allegiance to the British people and our country.


The significance of this event has not been lost at Haydon Wick Primary School as during the week leading up to the 6th of May we taught our children all about the history of the British royal family, as well as why the coronation is of vast importance. We also didn’t miss the opportunity to further promote British values to our pupils.


As well as integrating the coronation into our lesson plans, we also hosted a number of activities that encapsulated everything British. For example, every child had the delightful task of creating their own piece of bunting, that was later put on display in the school hall. Additionally, each student had the opportunity to fashion their own crown, which they proudly wore during the celebratory lunch.


Then on Friday, the 5th of May, we welcomed our pupils into school for a day of coronation celebrations. Haydon Wick was filled with red, white, and blue as the pupils came in wearing patriotic colours for our special day. We started the day off with the Coronation of the 'King'. A child from the reception was chosen for this distinguished role, and the entire school gathered to witness the crowning moment. This event was made even grander thanks to the efforts of our early years and year 1 pupils, who created some outstanding coronation decorations. Their decorations brought an added touch of regal splendor to the proceedings.


We continued the celebrations during lessons where the children participated in coronation themed activities. Engrossed in their tasks, the children immersed themselves in the spirit of the event, and they all enjoyed soaking up the excitement of the day.


To conclude the day we all gathered on the field for a coronation lunch. To add a royal touch, the children proudly wore the crowns they had diligently crafted. Families were also warmly invited to join their children on the field. The day was a resounding success, filled with laughter, creativity, and excitement.


Last Saturday was an important moment in our country's history; and we hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the coronation, with their family and friends, as much as we enjoyed hosting these events!