Inspired by the Tour de France?
What an amazing spectacle the Tour de France has been this weekend.
If you have been inspired to get on your bike then next week we are having a bike, scooter and walk to school week alongside our Staying Safe week.
Each day this golden lock will be placed on a random bike or scooter, in our storage area. If it is your bike or scooter you will be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher, kindly donated by the Chapel Allerton branch of Edinburgh bicycle cooperative.
On Wednesday, from 8:30am, Edinburgh bike cooperative will be visiting school for a Dr bike event. Children who bring their bike to school can have a free bike maintenance check to ensure their bike is in its best condition. Edinburgh bike cooperative will be with us all morning checking bikes and also providing bike maintenance sessions for Year 5 so they can maintain their own bikes.
Seaside art attack
We are coming to the end of our seaside topic this week and to celebrate all of the work we have done we created our own seaside ‘art attack’ in the classroom today.
First, we decided what we might use to create the sea, sand and sky and then we thought about what extre things we could have on our picture and what we could use to create them.
Once we’d gathered everything we needed, we set to work. We worked really well as a team and all had some very creative ideas to come up with a very impressive finished product.
What do you think?
Oh we did like to be beside the seaside.
Year 1 and 2 donned their sunhats, sun-cream and flip-flops for a day on the beach last week and oh what fun we had!
Once we arrived, we set off on the long downhill trek to the beach and settled ourselves on the sand to have a play and eat our lunch.
Unfortunately, a particularly vicious seagull stole Mrs Maqbool’s sandwich!
After lunch, it was time to get ourselves wet and have a paddle. We all had a great splash around and then had a quick change as the tide was coming in.
Once we were all dry, we moved the other side of the beach where the tide wasn’t in yet and where the ice-cream van was parked. Everybody had an ice-cream with a flake. The most popular flavour was mint-choc-chip whilst the teachers favoured cinder toffee. Yum!
It was a beautiful day and we were all sad to have to leave the beach to climb up the hill to the coach again to head back home. I don’t know about Year 1, but Year 2 were surprisingly lively all the way back home. Hopefully, they were then tired out for bed at the end of the day.
Our new SEAL theme for this half-term is…
We begin the half term with a focus on manners: I use good table manners. Adults in school, including lunchtime supervisors, will be looking out for children who show good table manners – not talking with their mouth full and using their cutlery correctly. What other table manners can you think of? Ask your child to add their suggestion to their class SEAL box.
Following this, the Changes theme aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common responses to change.
It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of living and learning: motivation, managing feelings and social skills.
The key ideas and concepts behind this theme are:
- Change can be uncomfortable, because it can threaten our basic needs to feel safe and to belong
- Change can also be stimulating and welcome
- Both adults and children can experience a range of powerful and conflicting emotions as a result of change – for example, excitement, anxiety, uncertainty, loss, anger, resentment
- Worries about change can be made worse by uncertainty, lack of information, or misinformation and lack of support from others
- People’s responses to and ability to cope with change are very variable, and might be influenced by individual temperament, previous experience of change, and the nature of the change – chosen or imposed, expected or unexpected, within our control or out of our control
Some children may welcome most forms of change and dislike routine and predictability. Other children may find even small changes very difficult.
Within school, children, who are coping with or have undergone significant change, are supported in a variety of ways:
- Our positive ethos within school
- Support systems, from staff and peers, for children who have undergone change or who maybe new to the school
- SEAL and circle time sessions where children feel safe to talk about their feelings
- Class SEAL boxes for children to record any concerns
- Preparing children wherever possible for planned changes for example, a change of class teacher, Key Stage or even school
Half Term Break
Just a quick note to wish everybody a very relaxing half term. Although it has been short, the children have worked extremely hard so far this term and they should all be very proud of themselves. Enjoy the holidays!
Ahoy, me hearties!
Year 2 had a great day on Friday 09 May becoming pirates and travelling to a forgotten island!
We made pirate hats at the beginning of the day before setting sail on the seven seas in our boat.
After sailing around the seven seas and performing our pirate duties, we came across a message in a bottle that told of a boy name William trapped on a deserted island. Of course, we went in search of him, using our telescopes, making a raft and rowing to shore.
We found all sorts on the island – Soft leaves, straight twigs, tall trees and fluffy plants! And, of course, we found William. We joined him on the island and drew a map of where we were…
…before writing a sense poem about what we could see in the North, East, South and West of the island.
In the North I see
A leaf as green as a croaking frog.
In the East I see
A gate as black as a dark cave.
In the South I see
A building as hard as rock.
In the West I see
Miss Rushbrooke, as cheeky as a monkey!
Roundhay Football Tournament
The Roundhay 7 a side tournament is well under way. The Year 5 team have a win and a draw from their first two games!
Upcoming sporting events
Find out what sports clubs and physical activity opportunities are available in our area for all children, young people and adults. This is a great opportunity to come as a family or with friends and take part in sport / activity taster sessions and watch sports demonstrations from local clubs.
- When: Thursday 5th June 2014
- Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
- Where: Roundhay School
Roundhay Park Family Fun Run (1K & 5K)
- When: Saturday 7th June 2014
- Time: 10:00am
- Where: Roundhay Park
REAP and Roundhay Live are starting the celebrations of Le Grand Depart early with this community event, full of family fun, music, food and cycling.
- When: Sunday 22nd June 2014
- Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
- Where: Roundhay School
For further information about any of these events please ask at the school office.
Owls in Moortown Primary
As part of our nocturnal animals mini topic, we had some nocturnal visitors in the first week back after Easter. Five different owls came to see us and we even got to hold them! Two barn owls, two eagle owls and a snowy owl took to the stage and we learnt all about them. Here are some things we found out.
- Owls have two ears; one on top of their head and one on the bottom. This is so they can hear prey and know if something is above trying to catch them.
- Owls create a nest in stones on the ground so that their eggs won’t roll away.
- There are five types of owl in Britain; these are the barn owl, long-eared owl, short-eared owl, tawny owl and the little owl.
- Amazingly, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees! This helps because they can’t move their eyes side to side like we can.
Our new SEAL theme for this half-term is…
We begin the half term with a focus on manners: I cover my mouth (when I cough, sneeze or yawn) is our statement for this week. Children, and adults, will be taught the ‘vampire method’ for coughs and sneezes in order to prevent the spread of germs – ‘use your sleeve to cough and sneeze’.
Following this, the Relationships theme explores feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends.
It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
There is a focus throughout the theme on helping children understand the feelings associated with an experience that we all need to cope with at some time: that of loss – whether of a favourite possession, a friend, a family home, or a loved one. Although relatively few children are bereaved, most will experience losses of other kinds during their childhood; losing a home, losing friends because of moving house or changing schools, or losing a pet are examples.
We would therefore ask for parents / carers to alert us to any experiences your child has had that might make this area particularly difficult for them – for example, a bereavement.