Remembrance Day 2017

On Friday the 10th Nov, our school will hold a Remembrance Assembly followed by 1 minute’s silence at 11.00am.

We will do this to remember all those who have fought not only in the World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.

It is our way of showing respect for them and to thank them for what they have done for us.

We do this each year at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. This is because the is the time and date when the First World War ended and all the fighting stopped.

We have been selling Poppies and merchandise from the British Legion in school to raise money for ex-servicemen and women who need our help. Thank you for all your contributions this year.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”

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Yoga and Wellbeing classes for pupils

We have highlighted mindfulness and pupil wellbeing as an area to develop in school. Children are under so much pressure these days and they feel the stress too.

We want to challenge this in school – we want to give them a good outlook on life, have resilience and a growth mindset. We want them to be physically fit and active, to learn outdoors and to keep them healthy on the inside aswell as the outside.

To help achieve this – we have introduced ‘Yoga’ classes for pupils in KS 1 and KS 2.

The first class started today – we think it is wonderful 🙂

 

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From Seed to Soup

Mrs Macleod and Forest school pupils planted onion seeds in Spring and the pupils, Mrs Macleod and Mr Morley have been looking after them through summer.

In September we picked / harvested the onions and then we hung them up to dry in school for a month.

Mrs Macleod has now been cooking Onion Soup with the pupils over an open fire in Forest School. 2 pupils brought me a cup of this wonderful soup – it was FANTASTIC!!!

I’m a happy headteacher 🙂

Now, what are we going to do with the Pumpkins we have just harvested????

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Mandarin – our new teacher

We welcome Judy to our school as our Chinese Language Assistant for this year.

She is wonderful. She is teaching Mandarin to the KS 2 classes this year.

We are focussing on learning to speak and understand Mandarin and also covering some written language and of course, continuing to learn about China and its culture. We are hoping to undertake some fun active learning too and hold special Chinese celebrations through the year.

This is Yr 4 in today’s lesson.

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Yr 6 and Yr 5 are going Carnival Crazy!

Yr 6 and Yr 5 pupils have been learning about Brazil in Geography, travel in English and Head dresses in D.T. So we are putting this all together and making up our very own carnival today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at the Yr 6 blog for more information – http://year62018.leverhouse.net/2017/10/25/carnival-creations/

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EYFS meet the Fire Crew and the Search Dog

EYFS had a visit from our local Fire dept. They provided a great of information about how the search dogs are used – they found a hiding teacher in under a minute!!!

Then the Fire Crew brought a Fire Engine to show the children – and in between being called out twice – we learnt so much – thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at the EYFS/Yr 1 blog post for more information – http://eyfsyear12018.leverhouse.net/2017/10/24/our-firefighter-and-rescue-dog-visit/

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Yr 3 and Yr 4 return to The Stone Age!!!!

It may be raining and it may be cold…. but Yr 3 and Yr 4 pupils are travelling back in time to the Stone Age today.

They are looking at:

Habitat and the kind of animals and food available,

Hunting and making tools to catch food,,

Building Shelters and keeping warm and safe,

Making Fires – to cook food and keep warm,

Jewellery and Paintings – human nature to create things and be expressive.

Wonderful 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at Yr 4 blog post for more information – http://year42018.leverhouse.net/2017/10/24/welcome-to-the-stone-age/

Have a look at Yr 4 blog post for more information – http://year32018.leverhouse.net/2017/10/25/stone-age-day/

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Megan meeting Jacqueline Wilson and the Blue Peter crew

Megan had a fantastic opportunity to go to the BBC studio and meet the one and only author Jaqueline Wilson.

As well as meeting Jaqueline Wilson she met the TV presenters of Blue Peter, Radzi and Lynsey. They had an amazing time there.

Megan even got to interview Jaqueline Wilson and here is a clip of her time in Manchester.

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Kaizen Teaching and Learning Conference 18th Oct 17

The Kaizen schools came together for a fantastic T + L conference at Farington Lodge. All the schools gave a 5 – 10 minute presentation on what makes great learning.

The presentations were amazing – common themes to come out were – the use of ‘Agree, Build, Challenge’, Best Mistakes, Learning Pit, Active Pupils, Growth Mindset and Resilience.

We the held a debate on ‘This House believes in Free Speech.’

This prompted a long debate about why free speech allows laws to be written, allows democracy to flourish and people with differing views to see the others’ point of view and come to an agreement.

We also heard why free speech should not be used to say hateful things – which may be offensive when talking about sexism, racism, sexuality or age etc.

The final vote when in favour of the YES – we believe in free speech but should not be offensive.

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A Red Sun over school!

The children were most excited today when they went out for playtime – the sky and light was not the usual colour – everything had a strange pinky /red glow.

Then the sun came out from behind the clouds and it was RED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.
The dust has caused light to be refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths, making it appear red.

See here for more info http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41635906

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