What a truly magical week we have all had. Here at the Infants we have gone for World book week let alone day ! We started our week by introducing the ‘Big Book Vote,’ also using this opportunity to learn about a British Value, one of our themes of the term: ‘democracy.’ Then on Tuesday, I was dressed up as the ‘Tiger who came to Tea’ and we acted out my favourite book, Ben did excellently as our narrator, with Jessie and Ella performing and Charley holding up the pictures. Then on Wednesday we had great fun preparing our favourite book balloon quotes and on Thursday we had ‘WORLD BOOK DAY’ at last with everyone in costume, sharing stories and reading buddies, with our massive ‘Where’s Wally Hunt!’ Finally, today we have had an author, Mr Steve Voake, in school delivering a Collective Worship and running workshops for budding young authors. Mr Voake also awarded the ‘Extreme Reader’ of the week with one of his books: well done Libby Pursey! A display of the Extreme Reading is in the library. Mr Voake has also said he is happy to return to deliver any signed books you still wish to purchase, so this offer has been extended to next Friday the 10th March. Keep reading regularly at home as this really improves children’s reading age, and gains House Points! No children like to miss out on House Points- reading three times a week can earn you three points for your House, with five times up to ten points! Thanks to Mrs Sims, our new literacy leader, who certainly did us proud with the organisation of a great week!
Our second ski and toboggan trip went very well on Monday, although I understand Mrs Cooper did refrain from having a go on the slopes herself! Mr Smith and the Sports Leaders really did well pulling this together and thanks again go out to all our parent helpers.
On Tuesday, we also talked about it being ‘Rare Disease Awareness Day,’ we had additional circle time to help us understand more about this. This is really important to us, as we know one of our own pupils is affected by a rare disease. In the future we would very much like to do a fund raising day/ activity for the charity supporting families coping with these issues.
Our site is still looking so lovely after Fridays make over, it felt like a ‘home improvement episode! Plus, we have had more help again this week finishing off bits, which is brilliant! Sue Frary definitely worked really hard to finish making our EYFS area safe and stick free! It was a pleasure to walk around the site with our Chair of Governors, Christine Raphael, to show her all that had been achieved. Our year 2’s are busy writing letters of thanks to be sent out to all those who helped and donated. Please spend your money with those friendly businesses.
Our learning focus this week as a whole school has been about how our pupils can take responsibility for keeping themselves safe, we have looked at all aspects of safety. School safety: safe behaviours, visitors to school wearing lanyards and telling an adult if you are worried, safe site and reporting problems to adults. Stranger danger: and what to do if you are approached, and what strangers actually look like in reality. Crossing roads: looking both ways, careful where you cross like in between parked cars you cannot be seen, and making sure you look and listen even if you are using a crossing. Internet/ gaming and texting safety: being kind with what you say to others online, not giving out your personal details, and telling a trusted adult if something happens that doesn’t ‘feel’ right. We even talked about how they can help you to keep their homes safe. We covered a lot but this was the essence and key points. We hope you enjoy picking up on these themes with them at home and perhaps risk assessing your kitchen or lounge together.
We started the week investigating what will happen to our baby chicks when they leave us, and learning all about ‘free range.’ The children learnt about food miles and have made a new promise to Planet Earth (developing on from our upcycling & recycling challenge from last term). The new promise is to look at where their food comes from and how animals are cared for during production of food. We hope you will engage with this at home, check out the food miles website to see how far your eggs have travelled and to play the vegetable game: http://www.foodmiles.com/egg-miles.cfm . Continuing on one of our terms themes, democracy, we talked about how consumers can vote through what they buy, how something can become more or less popular. We talked about how the choices we make as consumers are a way of having our say and voting.