Children's Mental Health Week
Find Your Brave
We all know that having fun is good for our mental health, so that is exactly what we did during Children's Mental Health Week. We invited a touring theatre company to put on a Cinderella pantomime. The children had a wonderful time watching the show. It was also an engaging way to explore another traditional tale during our 'Traditional Tales' topic. The production was lively and entertaining. The children were an amazing audience and were fully immersed in the show. The laughter, excitement and involvement of the children was a joy to watch.
The theatre company made links to the theme, Find Your Brave, and talked about how much courage Cinderella had demonstrated.
After the show we had a class discussion on the children's favourite scenes and characters, they then enthusiastically drew a picture of their favourite character/s.
Children's Mental Health Week
FIND YOUR BRAVE
The Sapling classes have had a wonderful week exploring different ways in which they can 'Find Their Brave', from speaking in a loud voice in class to climbing high on the climbing frame. Many Bernadette Beads for courage have been awarded to the children. We have also had a visit from 'Super Susie' who told us how 'SUPER' we all were. Each one of us was able to say out loud and with pride something we were 'SUPER' at. The children then drew what they were super at, on a 'Super Me Shield'. Please do take some time to look at our 'Super Me' display to see what your child and their friends are 'SUPER' at.
Signs of Autumn Walk and Litter Pick - Tuesday 12.11.19
The children had a wonderful time observing the signs of autumn during a walk around the local park. They were able to tick off nearly all of the items on their 'Autumn Hunt Checklist', apart from a squirrel, and believe it or not, pine cones. Whilst we were out and about we reflected on our prior learning about our five senses. Some of the children's comments included,
"The conker shells felt prickly." The mud smelt disgusting." "The sky is white and it is like home time." "The wind feels cold." "I can hear the wind." "I liked the orange leaves." "The water looks fast." (river) "I saw tiny green apples." "I found a shiny conker."
We also reflected on taking responsibility for looking after our parks. We discussed the importance of not dropping litter and using the bins provided or taking our rubbish home. Mr Harding helped us conduct a 'Litter Pick' in the park. Thank you for helping us Mr Harding.
All the children would also like to say a big than you to the parent helpers who accompanied us on the walk. This exciting outdoor learning could not have taken place without them generously giving their time to help us. We hope they had a lovely time.
Finally we would like to say a big thank you to our grown ups for providing us with the correct cold weather clothes, we were all lovely and warm even on a day that was cold and wet.
On Friday 25th the Sapling classes were very excited to welcome the author Rebecca Freeman. We had a fabulous time listening to her wonderful stories about two hens called Porridge and Cornflakes. We were amazed to learn that not only had Rebecca written these stories, but that she had illustrated them too. The Sapling children have been inspired to become writers and illustrators, and can't wait to have a go at writing our own stories during the coming year. We would like to say a big thank you to Rebecca Freeman and to Mrs Forman for organising this visit.