At Pearl Hyde, we have three houses all of which are based on our historic city of Coventry. Children are sorted into houses as soon as they join us in Reception meaning that they are in the same house for all of their time at Pearl Hyde. This enables children to become very familiar with the other children in their house team, as well as learn a lot about the historical figure or monument their house is named after. As part of our House system children are rewarded for showing one of our school values:
Perseverance Excellence Acceptance Respect Leadership
Children are given a token which is then added to their House total, each half term we have a winning house that gets a special treat. The winning house at the end of the year gets to vote on what they would like as their reward. We find that children have a huge amount of pride in their House, enjoy working with different age groups and have a healthy competitive spirit.
A true Coventrian legend!
Lady Godiva was kind and tried to stand up for people who were less fortunate than her. Lady Godiva was proud to be from Coventry. Her husband was taxing (taking money from earnings) poor people and she asked him to stop doing this. When he refused to do this she protested. Godiva lived around 950 years ago and it is hard to know exactly what happened some say she rode naked through Coventry! Some say she rode without her badges or being accompanied by a man, which women were not allowed to do at the time. Either way, Lady Godiva represents kindness and a willingness to support others.
Coventry’s famous medieval “Three Spires” belonging to St. Michael’s (commonly known as Coventry Cathedral), Holy Trinity and Christ Church (Greyfriars), have continued to dominate the skyline until the present day. The three spires are a key way to recognise the Coventry Skyline. Coventry Cathedral was bombed during World War II however the spire remains. The spire rises to 284 feet (87 metres)[to the base of the weathervane, and is the tallest structure in the city. It is also the third tallest cathedral spire in England.
If you were in Coventry 85 years ago you may have been disturbed by an almighty roar, the likes of which had never been heard before. April 12th 1937, is a day which changed the world of aviation forever and became the defining moment in the career of Coventry-born engineer Frank Whittle when a jet engine he made was tested for the first time. Frank Whittle was born in a terraced house on Newcombe Road, Coventry, to engineer Moses Whittle and Sara Alice Garlick in 1907. He joined the Royal Air Force which is part of the British Army and was a world-renowned engineer.