25 Sep 2020
Primary High Notes 25th September
This week all primary children have been creating doves to mark Peace One Day on 21st September 2020. In his assembly on Monday, Mr Harper looked at what peace means to us. The ideas ranged from the sense of tranquillity in our lives when you are not disturbed by anyone or anything, to peace-time between countries at war.
Mr Harper encouraged the children to reflect on the value of feeling a sense of peace and to support the aim of seeking and maintaining peace in our world. This culminated in every child creating a dove of peace, be that in 2 dimensions or from origami. Our dove trail is displayed around the infant and junior buildings.
We have made some beautiful doves this week in the Robins to celebrate Peace One Day. The children used their handprint and added glitter, a beak and an eye.
Wellbeing and Mindfulness
This week some of the Year 1 pupils enjoyed a peaceful and relaxed ‘Wellbeing and Mindfulness’ club with Mrs Dowell. The children were very focused on their yoga session and demonstrated great concentration and persistence whilst following the adventures of ‘Fairy Floss’. They had lots of fun and particularly enjoyed making a telephone call with their feet!
Work also began on a collaborative butterfly mosaic. The children have decided that they would like to display it in the 'Nest' when it is completed, for everyone to enjoy.
Year 6 Miniature Book Reviews
Year 6 were challenged to create miniature book reviews recently. Using a matchbox to create a cover, they ingeniously managed to fit in some wonderful fold-out comments about their favourite books.
Year 6 Pilates Club
Members of Year 6 enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing Thursday lunchtime at their weekly Pilates club with Dr E-B. They are working hard on their core muscles, balance and inner strength using activities inspired by Dame Darcey Bussell.
Year 5 History
This week, Year 5 have travelled back in time to the turn of the 5th Century and the time of the Anglo Saxons. They have been solving clues to work out the reasons why the Anglo Saxons invaded Britain and looking at artefacts to identify their early settlements. They were surprised to find so many Anglo Saxon place names in their local area. Some budding future detectives in the making!
Entering the School from Pastures Hill
To aid social distancing in these times, we are asking parents and students entering the school grounds from Pastures Hill on foot, to observe a one way system.
Between 8.15am - 8.40am and 3.20pm – 3.45pm, we ask that you enter via the gate next to the Sixth Form building and exit via the main pedestrian gate in front of the office/infant building. Thank you.
Pine View Gardens
Unfortunately I have to write about problems with parking in the areas surrounding school. In particular, Pine View Gardens. A resident contacted the school yesterday, very concerned that should access be needed, there would be no possibility that emergency services would be able to get through due to parents not parking considerately. If you use this area to park, please consider finding an alternative if at all possible. As always, please consider our neighbours when parking and driving in the local area. Your support is very much appreciate.
As things stand at the moment with regards to government guidelines, Activate Sport are going ahead with their holiday camp here during the second week of half term. They are offering a 10% discount for our students.
TikTok Family Pairing
In light of the recent issues with TikTok, please see below some settings within TikTok that can help.
These settings include:
• Restricted mode - similar to YouTube restricted that tries to prevent certain content from being seen.
• Screentime management -how long children can spend in the app each day.
• Direct messages - restricting who can send the child direct (private) messages, or turn DM's off altogether.
A link to some more information for parents is HERE.
Google 'Expert Approved' Apps
Google have recently announced that they are helping parents find apps that are entertaining and enriching by adding an 'Expert Approved' badge, to give parents some comfort that an app has been reviewed as appropriate. You may wish to check for this when your child asks to download a new app.
See HERE to read a little more