We had a fantastic discussion this afternoon which was initially based on the question “what does the word ‘family’ mean to you?”. It was so interesting to hear the children’s responses and how mature and open minded their thinking was. We touched on every kind of different family… marriage, separation, divorce, fostering, adoption, brothers, sisters, step families. We then read two beautiful stories which encouraged even more discussion. We realised that all of our families are different but the one thing all the children have in common is how very loved they all are. They then completed a task “I am special to my family because…” and they were encouraged to finish the sentence. We had responses such as “I am loved”, “I am wonderful”, “I am beautiful”. I literally had tears in my eyes teaching this lesson, I am so proud of them.
We have been learning how to stay safe near water in Year 1. We have had lots of discussions about what we need to remember when near any type of water, such as swimming pools, rivers/lakes and the sea…hopefully this knowledge will help to keep us even more safe in the summer months ahead.
Diolch to P.C Parry who came in to do a ‘friend or foe’ session with the year 3 children today. It really made the children think about whether we can tell if someone is friendly just by looking at them. The children listened very well and had lots of good ideas during the discussion.
Year 4 were visited today by PC Parry to learn about staying safe. They discussed what the terms friend and foe meant, situations where they may be safe or unsafe, and how to make decisions about strangers. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” was reinforced when thinking about what people are like when we first meet them. The class fully engaged with the session and shared some excellent ideas. (They even got to teach PC Parry a bit of Welsh, too!)
This week, we read the story “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. It is a beautiful book which encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love. The idea is that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel GREAT but when our bucket is empty we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own at the same time!
After reading the book, we came up with some of our own ideas of how we could be bucket fillers. The children suggested lots of lovely ideas, such as, telling someone they look nice today, giving someone a smile and telling someone you like their work. We have all decided that we will try to fill a bucket everyday and we have even signed a pledge in class to promise to do our best every day at home, in school and everywhere we go.
We love being bucket fillers in Year 3!
We listened to a story about Freddie the Fish, who wanted to go on an adventure. Along the way, he passed lots of different places, where unfortunately some form of pollution would enter the water. We used lots of items to demonstrate how the water would quickly become dirty! We talked about water pollution and how it can affect the plants and animals that live in water. The children were mortified that this happens every day and were very keen to discuss how we can all help reduce the amount of pollution and help the environment.
The children were set a challenge to develop a variety of skills on Friday.
1. Research a wartime recipe – ICT
2. Buy the ingredients and bring in the utensils. LNF
3. Follow the instructions. Literacy
4. Weigh and measure the ingredients. Numeracy
We then cooked the ingredients. While the food was cooking, pupils washed their dishes and cleared the hall.
Then came the most important part… pupils tasted their creations. (Some tastier than others)
Pupils were independent throughout and were absolutely fantastic! Continue reading
We have had a fantastic day in Year 3 taking part in lots of different Pudsey activities. Thank you for your support and donations!!
Year 1 loved supporting Children In Need today. Thank you for your generous donations.
Our School Council and Super Ambassadors presented an informative assembly this morning to mark the start of Anti Bullying Week. They have worked hard to promote the importance of anti bullying and PC Parry and PC Hinds also joined us to re-iterate this message. This years theme is ‘All Different. All Equal’ and the children have supported this by wearing odd socks today to highlight uniqueness and individuality.