Making a healthy change
As part of our SEAL theme of Changes, the SEAL statement next week is I can make a healthy change.
During the week, children will be encouraged to make a healthy change. This could be physically or emotionally and may include:
- being active after school rather than being on an electronic device
- having water with a packed lunch rather than a sugary drink
- having a water bottle at school every day
- taking part in a Sports Leader session at lunchtime
- bringing a piece of fruit for KS2 playtime and Year 3 swimming
- dealing with a problem in a positive way
- going to bed earlier
Another healthy change would be travelling to school in a sustainable way – walking, scooting and biking.
Children will also be completing the annual pupil health questionnaire for this week’s whole school homework and this should be returned to your child’s class teacher by Thursday 13 July. Views and opinions from the questionnaire will enable us to consider future ‘healthy changes’.
Change4life, whose aim is ‘to motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that will improve their health’, provides lots of ideas.
We look forward to hearing all about your healthy changes.
Change4Life 10 minute shake ups
The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up passports have recently been sent home in your child’s book bag.
There are lots of 10 Minute Shake Up games and activities, designed to keep children moving all summer long.
Their passport will take them on an adventure through six magical Disney stories, with weekly Shake Up activities and games inspired by some of their favourite Disney characters. Also included in the passports are stickers that children can use as a reward for doing the Shake Ups.
You can also sign up for Change4Life emails, filled with tips and offers to keep your kids active.
Tuck shop taster
Year 2 became customers at our the Key Stage tuck shop today as part of their transition to Year 3.
The children were excited to try the different varieties on offer. A special mention to Pollyanna who chose watermelon as she hadn’t tried it before.
Yellow Yorkshire Day 07 July
On Friday 07 July, we’re raising money for one of our school charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, by taking part in Yellow Yorkshire Day.
Children are encouraged to wear something yellow and bring a £1 donation.
A representative from Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be visiting school to talk about their important work in our county.
Using an index
Sometimes in Year 2, we have whole class guided reading with all the children developing a particular reading skill. Today, we used indexes in non-fiction books to find information.
Ask your child the locations they were searching for in the atlases. These were places where pirates were found.
Use non-fiction books from home or the library to practise this skill.
New school meal menu
The new school dinner menu, from our school meals provider, Catering Leeds, will be introduced in September and continues until February half term.
As well as on our website, the three week cyclical menu is also displayed on our dining room window for you to discuss with your child. Have a look for the weeks ahead to make your child aware of what the daily meals are. If you would like a printed copy, please ask at the office.
School meals continue to be free for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. If your child is in Key Stage 2, please check for eligibility for free school meals. (It’s important to check for eligibility for younger children, too, because school receives additional funding for each child who is eligible for a free meal, even when they’re free in Reception and Year 1 and Year 2!)
If your child would like to start having school dinners, please inform the office. A combination of packed lunches and school dinners is also available.
Children are consulted on school meals through our regular School Council meetings. Feedback may also be given by speaking to an adult in school or completing a suggestions/comments slip and posting it in their class SEAL box.
Thank you to parents who also raise questions and give feedback. We can then ensure this is passed on to the kitchen staff.
Key Stage 2 tuck shop preview
You may have heard about the requests from Year 2 to go to the Key Stage 2 tuck shop.
As part of our writing, the children wrote persuasive letters including many reasons why this should happen.
- It would allow them to try different fruits in addition to the free fruit that Key Stage 1 currently have daily.
- It would help them to get their 5 a day.
- They are very polite and sensible and would be good customers.
- It would make our school even happier and healthier.
After considering their request, we decided the children had used enough persuasion skills to allow them to try it out for themselves.
Therefore, for the next two Tuesdays, Year 2 will be customers at the tuck shop to support their transition to Year 3.
Next year, in Year 3, children have the option to prepay for the weekly tuck shop (20p per portion) or pay on the day but no payment is needed for these two visits.
The children were excited to hear their persuasion had worked and are looking forward to choosing their healthy fruit snack.
Hot and cold
Our final area of measurement learning in Year 2 is temperature. The children used thermometers, the correct units (degrees Celsius) and reading a scale as part of this learning.
Ask your child what they found out.
You may want to refer to temperature when checking the weather forecast.
Pirate positional language
As we’ve started a pirates topic this week, we’ve created a treasure map and some instructions for finding the treasure.
We’ve then written an algorithm using positional language to get the treasure and another to escape back to the ship.