This week, Whales have been learning about E-Safety and completing activities for Anti-Bullying Week. We used ‘THINK’ to guide our discussions and thought about how we cannot take our words and actions back. We wanted to share our learning and encourage others to ‘Be Kind’ and consider how their words and actions affect other people.
Whales class experienced a wonderful Welly Day session on our school field. The whole class spent the afternoon in our new site where they lit a fire to toast crumpets, used clay to sculpt and build rafts and hammocks. The children played a key role in developing the area. Mrs Cairns explained that Sheep class love to dig and so they started to create a digging area using tyres and woodchip. It was wonderful to see the children showing resilience and demonstrating problem solving skills while working as a team.
Whales Class had an excellent time raising money for Children in Need. We joined in with the final part of Joe Wicks’ 24 hour PE challenge and we learnt about ways in which the money helps children in the UK. As it is also World Kindness Day, we made a personalised kindness booklet with ways we would like to show acts of kindness within the classroom and school environment.
Mrs Howarth, our RE lead teacher, led a fun and informative Enrichment/ Collective Worship to reinforce our Federation vision. She read the bible story of the two builders which Jesus told to teach the importance of building your life on his teachings. The children had to use spaghetti and marshmallows to build a structure. Some built on a cushion and others on the firmer surface of a table, this illustrated the importance of building on a firm foundation. The children listened attentively and thoroughly enjoyed the building. Thank you Mrs Howarth.
With everyone at home for the next few weeks we are delighted to announce the opportunity for families from Norfolk to join us for a virtual festive choir in the lead up to Christmas. This will be led by The Come & Sing Company.
You will need to scroll down to the relevant section on the website and there you can register your interest as a family.
For Remembrance Day we discussed the significance of the poppy and learnt about life in the trenches for the soldiers. We shared a poem called ‘Think of Me’. We discussed how the poem made us feel and how to write for a purpose, to help our reader feel the same emotions we felt when we first read the poem. Then the children wrote their own amazing versions. We held our two-minute silence and reflected on our morning. We continued our learning by creating beautiful poppy art work using guided painting and incorporating silhouettes of soldiers.
The children in Lions Class paid their respects to those who have died in wars by holding a 2-minute silence. They learnt about the poem In Flanders Field and thought deeply about the meanings and imagery in this poem. We entered a competition for the RAF Museums to design our own poppy – hopefully some of ours will be chosen to go on their virtual display on their website https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/
As part of our history learning this half-term, Sheep class have been discovering what Remembrance means. We learnt how we use poppies to help us remember the sacrifice of men and women in wars and we took part in the 2 minutes silence at 11am on 11th November. Children also made their own poppy suncatchers to put in their windows at home. We were really impressed with the children’s understanding of Remembrance, and having also watched the service at the Cenotaph, we entered into a lively discussion about the Royal family and the role of the Queen in British life. We are now developing stories about the Queen based on the story ‘The Queen’s Hat’!