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Anti-bullying November 2016

Above: the Willows class meeting Chas the monkey

Over the past two weeks, the children in the Willows class have been learning about bullying.

We have talked about what it really means. Sometimes, one-off accidents or mistakes may happen and while these can make people upset this is not bullying. However, if a person hurts a person's body or feelings over and over again, this is what we would call bullying. 

Our friend Chas the monkey came in to visit the Willows and he talked to them about how we always need  to tell somebody if we experience bullying. This could be if you feel like you are being bullied yourself or if you have seen it happening to someone else.

The children then drew pictures of themselves saying "tell someone" which we turned into a giant paper chain which we linked up with other ones made by the other children and adults in the school.

Say NO to bullying!

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27th March – Willows’ Class Newsletter

 

We have had some lovely sunshine here over the past couple of weeks and as you may have noticed, we have moved all of our outdoor learning to the back garden. It is great for the children to have everything they need in one place and it helps that it has such lovely surroundings.

 

 

 

The children have been showing a real interest in mini-beasts recently and we have been weaving this into many areas of their learning. Thank you to all who have been donating various resources for our Bug Hotel. We are well on the way now but will always welcome outdoor resources such as bamboo, pine cones and small stones so if you ever need to offload some, 
feel free to drop them in to us.

 

We have also been learning lots about this time of year and have started planting various things in our gardening area. One of the favourites is a seed potato that the children decided to call ‘Rockety’ so hopefully we’ll have a bumper crop this year!

 

The children all had a great time pond-dipping this week. We found lots of interesting living things even though it’s still so
early in the year. It was of great interest to other children in the school too who will be making use of our school pond in
the coming weeks. We look forward to having another go later in the summer term and seeing the difference in specimens to those found this time.

 

 

We have also been…using our new rope-swing, having picnics, sewing, making treasure maps, using our lollipop stick, counting in 2s and making our own non-fiction book.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend getting ready for Easter next week and we will see you on Monday,

 

Mr Pegg & Mrs Constable

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27th February – Class Newsletter

The weather is starting to brighten up a little now and, although spring is still a bit away, the sunshine is thawing our outside area which has led to some exciting learning opportunities.


Thank you to everybody who has provided us with some great resources. The tubes (cardboard and guttering) that we have been given have now turned into a fantastic collection of different lengths and widths, leading to some great experiences. We have all been using the plastic guttering to create a series of interlocking and freestanding water-play systems in our garden area. In addition, the cardboard tubes have helped us to develop a top secret adding machine (thanks to Iron Man for sharing the designs with us).

 

 

We would also like to say a huge thank you to Whitwell’s very own Illustrated Chef who provided us with a very memorable
afternoon. In addition to making some brilliant pizza’s completely from scratch, the children also learned about the Italian
origins of pizza as well as different types of taste. This really was a special afternoon and judging from the children’s facial expressions and comments, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

 

This half term we are going to use Superheroes as a vehicle for the children’s learning. So far we have been creating our own heroes, making stories around them and using their designs to further the children’s skills in maths. We are also incorporating this theme into PE which involves some imaginative role-play and dance.

 

 

 

Before half-term, we all went for our fortnightly outing to Emily’s Tea Shop. We had a superb afternoon drinking hot chocolate and we were given a menu to take back and use in our own café. In addition to our more countryside based walks, trips around the village are very valuable for the children to give them a sense of community with their peers and friends.

 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday,

 

Mr Pegg & Mrs Constable

 

 

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