School Council 2018-2019
Meet our newly elected school councillors, chosen democratically by their class.
Their first meeting will be held next week. On the agenda is to discuss bullying (as part of anti-bullying week), Takeover Day and to consider what they might want to spend their library and class reward budgets on.
All children are encouraged to make suggestions to their school councillors (by posting their suggestion slip in each class’ Living and Learning box) for ideas/concerns to be discussed.
Anti-bullying week – odd socks day
Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ and we will be joining in with Odd Socks Day on Monday 12 November.
This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!
Thank you for your support.
Living and learning – Identity
Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity. Pupils will learn about what makes themselves and others special, valuing the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is meant by community. This will be taught through our Living and Learning sessions and also a focused week – Anti-bullying week (12 November).
Also this half term, our new school charity will be chosen. Every year, we nominate a new charity to support. This year, we have been supporting MakeAWish. We decide this on the basis of a Talk Time homework, and then school councillors make the final decision.
Our Living and Learning long term plan details the learning for each year group across the year and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar. We will begin and end this half term with a focus on manners.
I apologise when I need to.
I say please and thank you.
Bonfire night themed menu
When we return to school, on Monday 05 November, there will be a bonfire night themed menu.
The polling station is all set up and ready for the annual School Council elections tomorrow.
Good luck to all candidates.
Active travel in October – week three winner
Well done to our week three winner who made active journeys to school every day last week.
Our active travel section on the website has recently been updated. Have a look at some of the initiatives we take part in to encourage a happy and healthy start to the school day.
Living and Learning – democracy
This week, it’s our School Council elections. School Councils are democracy in action and we want to promote democracy as a way for children to have a say in what goes on.
Voting is all about democracy:
demo means ‘people’ and cracy means ‘ruling and decision-making’.
We’re excited to hear all the candidate’s speeches ready for the election on Thursday and we reminded ourselves about the voting process:
- Vote once for one person
- You can vote for yourself
- Choose someone who has the best qualities to become a good school councillor rather than just voting for a friend
- You can abstain, not to vote
Thank you to Olivia and Eleanor who have represented the class so well as our school councillors and good luck to all the candidates this week.
Living and Learning – Rights and responsibilities
This Living and Learning statement is a really important one for helping us to live in a respectful, responsible way. It can relate to lots of different aspects of life. Having rights links well with British Values (Individual liberties).
In our Living and Learning circle time session this week, we considered the rights we have but also the associated responsibilities.
Responsibility (also one of our 8Rs for learning) was recently one of our words of the week.
For example, we have the right to think and believe what we wish to so we have the responsibility to respect other people’s thoughts and beliefs.
We have the right to food, and the responsibility to make our own healthy choices.
We have the right to play, and we have the responsibility to play safely and sensibly with our friends.
The children were then able to come up with their own rights and responsibilities.
We have the right to have friends, and we have the responsibility to…
be kind to our friends (Sophia).
be friends with others – not just one person (Junior).
look after our friends (Olivia).
not to be bossy to our friends (Shasmeen).
not to hurt our friends (Gurvar).
We have the right to learn, and we have the responsibility to…
bring the resources we need (Ewan).
follow the instructions from the teacher (Gabriel H).
look after the equipment we use (Bridget).
be ready to learn (Noah G).
listen (Noah F).
look after the classroom (Saahith).
Help at home by encouraging your child to think about their rights and responsibilities outside of school.
Time Travel – Sources of evidence
We’ve been very impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement from the children during our current learning in Time Travel. As you will have seen in our class assembly, the particular historical event we are focusing on is the Great Fire of London which took place in 1666.
First of all, we calculated how many years ago this event took place to consider how this might affect the sources of evidence available. It happened 352 years ago.
Iris had pre-empted this learning, earlier in the week, ‘How do we know about the Great Fire of London?’ Great enquiry skills.
In table groups, children discussed whether they agreed or disagreed with the sources of evidence provided.
Using their thinking skills, the children then had to share why the sources would be possible evidence or not.
Help at home by asking your child what is the best source of evidence for the Great Fire of London and why.
Active travel in October – week two winner
Well done to our week two active travel winner (08 – 12 October) who was randomly selected to receive the latest £10 voucher.
Our week three winner will be announced early next week.
We have a final weekly prize to award and also a prize for someone who has made an active journey to school every day in October. These prizes will be awarded straight after half term once our Living Streets travel tracker data is available.
Remember an active journey can be walking, biking, scooting or parking away from the school gate and striding the last part of the journey.