Today is anti-bullying day, part of national anti-bullying week. Several of our classes have taken part in anti-bullying dance workshops led by Melissa from Flex Dance Inc. All the artists of the songs used in the whole school performances have been victims of bullying in their lives. Well done to all the children involved who learned their routines in such a short time and produced very confident performances.
Last week at our latest School Council meeting, all school councillors agreed to keep our current definition of bullying:
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, more than once and on purpose.
Alongside this definition we have used the following prompts for the children to remember:
Advice about bullying is available on a number of websites. These include Kidscape, Childline, anti-bullying alliance, BBC and ThinkUKnow. Talk Time homework this week will give you chance to discuss this important topic with your child/children.
Our children tell us they would speak to an adult in school, family or friends if they were to experience bullying or if they saw bullying.
‘I feel safe because school would deal with bullying.’
‘I feel safe at school as there are always teachers there if you ever have any problems.’
‘I feel safe at school because everyone around me looks after me.’
Pupil health questionnaire 2013
If you do have any concerns about bullying, please speak to a member of staff.
Roundhay Juniors Park Run
Roundhay Juniors Park Run – Weekly Free 2km Timed Run for Juniors
It is only for juniors – if you’re not a junior, how about trying one of the weekly Saturday parkrun events?
What is Roundhay Juniors parkrun?
It is a 2km run for juniors only (4-14 year olds). If you are not a junior please try one of our weekly Saturday parkrun events instead.
When is it?
It is run every Sunday at 9:00am.
Where is it?
It’s run in Roundhay Park, Leeds. See Course page for more details.
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing – it’s free! Please register before your first run http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! We’re friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café – please come and join us!
Money and Enterprise Week
From Tuesday 19 November, we’re having a Money and Enterprise themed week (Monday is Anti-Bullying Day).
As part of our theme, classes are creating their own businesses – they’ll make and promote their own products and services and then sell them on Friday 21 November at 2.30pm, when we hold our Enterprise Fair. Parents are invited to come and see what we’re been up to and, hopefully, be persuaded to part with some of your hard-earned cash! We look forward to seeing you there!
During the build up to this exciting event, we’ll be learning all about the value of money, choices that we have to make in life regarding when and why to spend it and about the importance of saving money. We’ll also be finding out more about entrepreneurial skills like co-operation, leadership and problem solving.
We’re lucky enough to have some visiting entrepreneurs, too, to talk to the children about their business and how they started them.
On Wednesday, Year 1 and 2 spent the day at Eureka – a great way to finish off our Doctor! Doctor! Big Topic.
A visitor for Key Stage 1
On Thursday, Year 1 and Year 2 had a surprise visitor in class. Florence Nightingale popped in to see Year 1 and hear all about what they had learned that afternoon about her life and she spent most of the afternoon teaching Year 2. The children were very interested to hear all about hospital conditions when Florence worked during the Crimean War and couldn’t believe it when she didn’t even know what lights or pens were!
…so no specific homework, spellings or tables this week. It’s a good time to relax and enjoy some time with your children – have you visited the free exhibition of Anthony Browne pictures at Leeds City Museum, for example?
“We’re eating a balanced meal.”
Last week, Year 2 were introduced to some new friends who helped us know how to eating healthily. We met Donny Dairy, Colin Carbohydrate, Victor Vitamin, Peter Protein and Freddy Fats. First, we sorted different foods into the five food groups.
Then, we planned our own balanced meal by choosing
- three items of food from Victor Vitamin and Colin Carbohydrate (the food groups we should eat most of)
- two items of food from Donny dairy and Peter Protein
- one or no types of food from Freddy fat.
On Friday, we made our meal and all ate a healthy, balanced meal together.
When asked who had enjoyed their meal, here was the response!
Let’s all go shopping!
Today, Year 2 were all rich and went on a big sweet shop in our maths lesson. We had to find out how much the items on our shopping list were and then find the correct coins we needed to be able to pay for them. We really enjoyed using the coins (but were very disappointed when we realised they were only plastic).
After talking as a class, we decided it would be really good practice to try our new skills out with real money when going to the shops. Why not ask us to find out how much something is and let us see if we can pick out the coins we need to pay for it?
A real doctor came to visit us at school today. She spoke to us about her job as a doctor and she told us how we can keep ourselves healthy. We were able to use her stethoscope – did you know that if you listen to your tummy with a stethoscope you can still hear your heartbeat as well? We discovered that our tummies make very strange noises! A few of us had our pulses checked, fortunately we were all very healthy!
“Wow!” said Miss Rushbrooke.
We have been looking at a number of different sentence skills as part of our narrative topic and today we focussed on speech. Working in pairs, we arranged our sentences so that the speech was punctuated correctly. We could then practise writing this as a sentence on our whiteboards, checking that we didn’t miss out any important punctuation.
Reporting clause : identifies the speaker. It can be found before, after or in the middle of speech.
- “Good morning, how are you all today?” said Miss Rushbrooke.
- Miss Rushbrooke said, “Good morning, how are you all today?”
- “Good morning,” said Miss Rushbrooke, “how are you all today?”