Next Friday, 20 November, is Takeover Day.
What is Takeover Day?
It’s a national initiative organised each year by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE. Takeover gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and to be involved in decision-making processes. Children and young people benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do.
Recently our School Council discussed how children could be involved in ‘taking over’ at school. Takeover activities will include school dinners (representatives from Year 4), the office (representatives from Year 5), assembly (representatives from Year 6) and KS2 tuck shop on 24 November (representatives from Year 2).
In addition there will be opportunities within class where children will takeover. For example, spelling/times table tests, parts of lessons, PE warm ups and guided reading.
Check our class news pages to see this in action.
Make a noise about bullying
Next week it is national anti-bullying week.
Our school definition has recently been reviewed by the School Council and remains unchanged.
‘Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.’
This year the theme of the week is Make a noise about bullying and our children are familiar with another STOP message to address this, start telling other people.
Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team will once again deliver Show Racism the Red Card workshops across school and in class children will discuss these aspects of bullying:
- Our definition of bullying (above)
- Types of bullying – cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and belief, special educational need and disability
- What to do if children experience bullying. The key message is to tell someone (start telling other people)
Bullying resources can be found at…
Children tell us what they would do if they were bullied: ‘I would tell an adult, teacher or someone I trust.’
All classes have access to their class SEAL box or a whole school worry box where they can tell an adult any concerns about bullying or any other issues.
What is a right angle?
Year 2 have been spotting right angles but what is a right angle?
An angle is where two lines join together. A right angle measures 90°, like the corner of a square, and it’s also known as a quarter turn.
Then we attempted a right angle challenge. Why not try this again at home?
Top vegetable choices
If your child chooses school dinners, they are served two portions of vegetables or vegetables and a portion of salad with each meal. As we are all aware of the importance of eating vegetables, all children have been consulted on their favourite vegetables based on the vegetables that currently feature on the school dinner menu. The most popular choices will now feature more regularly on the menu.
We would also like your views on school dinners. Look out for the school dinner survey due to be sent out next week.
Clockwise, anti-clockwise, quarter turn and half turn are all vocabulary Year 2 have been using when giving instructions to move in different directions. Using clocks as a reminder for clockwise and anti-clockwise, the children had to move across the world map to the different continents and oceans. This is one way our maths learning can be linked to our Big Topic about holidays.
Last week, Chris, ‘The Den Man’, came into school to challenge us to build strong waterproof shelters for our camping holiday. Both Chris and I were really impressed with the children’s teamwork and resilience. It was a tough challenge and the children had to solve problems on their own. They did brilliantly! Here are some pictures of the afternoon:
We’ve been comparing beach holidays from the Victorian age to holidays now. There are a lot of things which have changed but even more that have stayed the same. Check out our Venn diagrams…
Cracking creative homeworks
Each time we do a creative homework, the class pick five of their favourites. Here are this week’s top five: