Although these are specifically for children who are starting to read by themselves, there are plenty of tips to support children of all ages.
(The Book Trust’s advent calendar is brilliant, too!)
8Rs for learning
Resilience, resourcefulness, readiness, responsibility, risk-taking, responsiveness, remembering and …reflection.
This week we complete our 8Rs SEAL theme. Children will have the opportunity to not only reflect on their learning in general but also reflect on how the 8Rs supports their learning.
Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about how they learnt, why they learnt it, when they’ll use their learning, how they would teach this to someone else, what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today…
Can your child remember the 8Rs and the associated animal?
Healthy drinks update – day 4
These pictures were taken on Monday. So far, the children have been most shocked by the Fruit Shoot and the Monster. We had to throw the milk away as it had started to smell bad!
Healthy drinks update – day 2
Preparing a healthy wrap
Year 2 are continuing to develop their food technology skills, this time by creating a healthy wrap as an option for packed lunches. Spreading, chopping and grating were some of the techniques used in this simple recipe that I’m sure will be recreated at home.
Day 1 – Healthy drinks update
So, here are some pictures of the eggs after 24 hours in the drinks:
One of your 5 a day for free
Our weekly fruit tuck shop runs on a Tuesday playtime. It’s for Key Stage 2 children, with a charge of 20p per portion and a pre-payment option available.
Today, as part of health week, all children, including Reception and Key Stage 1, were invited to an extra tuck shop free of charge. This gave children who might not normally come to the tuck shop the chance to try it out.
It was great to see everyone enjoying a fruit-filled playtime.
This week is the final week of our Autumn term after-school clubs.
It was great to see so many parents come to watch the routine learnt by children attending the popular dance club led by Edward Lynch.
Edward has worked with class teachers in curriculum PE to develop their teaching of dance and his enthusiasm for this subject has certainly rubbed off on the children who attended this club.
- ‘It was an amazing club.”
- ‘I like dance even more now.’
Healthy packed lunches
As it is health week, copies of our Guide to Healthy Packed Lunches have been given out at lunchtime today as a reminder for children who choose to bring a packed lunch to school.
We encourage at least one piece of fruit or vegetable in packed lunches and snack items occasionally, as a treat, but aim for healthy options. Lots of learning has taken place in health week looking at quantities of sugar in drinks and the importance of drinking water to keep hydrated. We therefore encourage water which is freely available for packed lunch children.
There were also some prizes for healthy packed lunches.
Which drinks are good for your teeth?
We’ve started an experiment this week investigating the effect that different drinks have on your teeth. Unfortunately, the children weren’t willing to give up their own wobbly teeth as they needed to keep them for the tooth fairy. Instead, we’ve used egg shells which do a similar job to the enamel on teeth.
We chose these drinks:
Fruit Shoot which has sweeteners and some natural sugar from fruit juice.
Lucozade which has 62g of sugar in a bottle.
Milk which has a little natural sugar.
Coca Cola which has 54g of sugar in a bottle.
Monster Energy which has sweeteners but no added sugar
We immersed the eggs in the liquids – after Mr Wilks had spent a daft amount of time poking holes in them with a pin and creating little hooks so we could lift them out of the liquids to look at them:
- “I think the egg in the Lucazade will crack because Lucazade has a lot of sugar in it.”
- “Because the Fruit Shoot is purple, the egg will change colour to purple.”
- “I think the egg in the water will not change as it has no sugar in it.”
- “I think the egg in the Monster drink will break because it is an energy drink and it will push it down.”
We will update you with some photos over the next few days.