What an energetic and cosy time the children and teachers had this year on their annual Children in Need Day! On Friday 13th November 2020, you might have thought that a lot of children from Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy had got out bed late as they all piled into school in their pyjamas! In fact, they were joining in with hundreds of other schools around the nation to fund-raise for many other children less fortunate than themselves. Also dressed in Pudsey colours, they took part in a wonderful assortment of activities, including making their own Pudsey ears and designing Pudsey t-shirts, all in aid of changing the lives of other children. Classrooms were buzzing with Pudsey maths, reading, colouring and mask making! During the week building up to the big day, Joe Wicks, Ambassador for Children in Need, led the school through his Five to Thrive, an online programme focusing on five ways to boost children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Big Five were ‘Connect’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Get Active’, ‘Be Curious’ and ‘Give’. These included videos and activities such as Feelings journals and outdoor scavenger hunts. The grand finale came when the whole school took part in a day long PE session, each class taking turns to follow Joe Wicks in a fitness workout to celebrate the end of his 24-hour PE Challenge, it was an exhausting but exhilarating work out where we worked our legs and bodies to their limit, all with a giggle and a smile! After an assembly, learning more about some of the incredible projects that were funded by this amazing charity, we counted up our donations and proudly revealed a grand total of £344! A huge well done and thank you to all of the children, parents and carers that helped their children to dress up and give money to this worthy cause, especially during these difficult times. They all showed their Christian value of Friendship and highlighted how they can be Agents of Change in the lives of so many children, both locally and nationally.