Let’s get sugar smart
Today has seen a new campaign launch by Change 4 Life, the government’s public health initiative, aimed at reducing the amount of sugar that children consume.
The free Sugar Smart App can tell you the amount of sugar in items by scanning the barcode, and then displaying the result as a number of cubes or in grams. The app can be used as a way of revealing the hidden sugar content in foods and to make us more aware of what children are consuming.
Public Health England, which runs the Change 4 Life campaign, hopes the Sugar Smart app and campaign will help combat tooth decay, obesity and type two diabetes and encourage families to choose healthier alternatives.
New SEAL theme…Good to be me
Our new SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme for this half-term, Good to be me, focuses on three main areas of learning:
•Self-awareness – feeling good about yourself, taking risks.
•Managing Feelings – understanding feelings, and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – particularly the feelings of being excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious and standing up for yourself –assertiveness skills, standing up for your views.
This theme explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is ‘Good to be me’. The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners.
As part of our current mini topic, What’s the matter?, children will also ask ‘What’s the matter?’ from a social and emotional point of view, understanding feelings and thinking about how they can solve problems.
The key ideas and concepts behind the theme of Good to be me are:
Building emotional resilience
Children need to become resilient if they are to be healthy and effective life-long learners.
Coping with anxiety and worrying
Worry and anxiety are major features in many children’s lives. Many children have good reasons to be anxious. Exploring worries is important.
Although getting stressed, anxious or angry are important and useful emotions, sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming.
The theme encourages children to become assertive – that is, able to recognise and stand up for their rights while recognising and respecting the rights of others.
Understanding feelings and how they influence behaviour
The theme explores the relationship between ‘thinking’ and ‘feeling’ and the way each impacts on our behaviour. It looks at Flight or Fight rapid response to situations of threat and our responses to feeling threatened /under stress.
‘I respond to difficult situations in a positive way’ is the first SEAL statement for this theme.
Have a happy holiday!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first term in Year 2 and have been really impressed with how hard the children have worked and the progress they have made. Here’s an A to Z guide to my first term…
- Ahmed has impressed me with his curiosity in science lessons.
- Aisha was a marvellous Whoops-A-Daisy Angel.
- Alexander has shown an excellent, mature attitude to his learning
- Alexandra did brilliantly to take on two roles in the production at very short notice.
- Arundeep has shown that he is an excellent mathematician.
- Ben has shown he understands how to use a range of punctuation in his writing.
- Byron also really impressed me in science lessons.
- Charles really impressed me with how mature he was when talking about his learning with Mr Roundtree and me.
- Daniel has impressed me in reading, writing and maths this term.
- Eleni has shown great enthusiasm in everything she does.
- Eliza’s reading and especially her comprehension skills have been really excellent this term.
- Enas has been a really positive, smiley presence in the classroom.
- Eve is a great SEAL role model in the class. She’s a very kind and caring class member.
- Evie’s spelling has been a highlight for me. She’s a walking dictionary!
- Finlay’s artistic skills are brilliant.
- Gurnoor’s smile and laugh have been ever-present this term.
- Kirsten is another person who has done very well in reading, writing and maths lessons.
- Kismat really impressed me with her reading comprehension skills.
- Maggie really impressed Mrs Taylor with her understanding of SEAL concepts.
- Manpreet has shown that she is a confident mathematician.
- Natasha’s learning in maths has also been great this term.
- Nayaab’s readiness to learn has been a model to everyone in the class.
- Poppy has impressed in all subjects but did especially well in a recent maths assessment.
- Rabiya’s progress in reading and spelling has been fantastic.
- Sam works very hard in all lessons. His handwriting is particularly impressive.
- William’s ability to explain his reasoning in maths lessons has been excellent.
- Zakariya’s progress with his handwriting has been superb.
- Zara’s focus in lessons has really improved and I’ve been particularly pleased with her writing.
- Zidaan’s creative homeworks have often stood out this term when we’ve reviewed them as a class.
Finally, a massive well done to Laila who has made amazing progress this term. The improvements in her reading and writing have been amazing. Well done!
I hope you have a lovely holiday and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Below are the 8Rs of learning homeworks that the children chose as their favourites.
End of week 3:
End of week 2:
End of week 1:
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?