Today we started our first Geography topic. We are going to be learning all about where in the world our food comes from. We had a look at a globe, map and atlas and discussed what we already knew about the world. We then had an opportunity to explore the atlases for ourselves. They were wonderful! We are really looking forward to learning more.
In check-in today for anti-bullying week we thought about the question – Is change possible? We tried to think of ways we can make school better for everyone.
Here were our ideas:
Eason – We could hug more. Amelie – If someone is on their own we could offer to play with them. William – Cheer people up if they are sad. Frishta – Be kind to everyone. Rawan – Smile at each other. Maarya – If you see someone and they are feeling sad you could give them a hug. Zi Yan – Help someone if they need it. Sammy – If someone doesn’t want to play your game, you could play their game instead. Liam – Don’t be bossy! Be kind.
This week we have been completing challenges to help us to develop our growth mindset. We have learnt that scientists have discovered having a positive attitude and a growth mindset means you will achieve more than if you have a fixed mindset. Having a growth mindset means:
• You try again if you don’t succeed the first time.
• You try different things.
• You ask for help, advice or ideas.
• You learn from your mistakes.
• You talk positively to yourself remembering of power of YET! I can’t do this… YET!
• You work your brain hard because it is a muscle and learning challenging things makes it stronger.
We have completed challenges including painting with our feet, making something that can fly and building a marble run. We had to work hard to remind ourselves of all the above when doing the challenges as it is easy to fall back into ‘This is too hard!’ We tried really hard and are getting better.
Today we continued learning about instructions. We talked about what we already knew about brushing teeth and why it is important to brush them well. We then practiced brushing paper teeth! We had to think carefully about being bossy so that our instructions were clear.
In our History lessons we have learnt all about Florence Nightingale. Today we did a quiz to finish the topic and found that we really have learnt a lot!
Today we learnt about Black History Month. We learnt that October celebrates all black people in History who have done wonderful things. We started learning about Mary Seacole by listening to the story of her life and drawing portraits.
This is what we have learnt so far:
George – She wanted to go to the Crimean War with Florence Nightingale. Maya – She stood up for herself when people said she couldn’t help. William – When they didn’t let her on the boat she bought her own ticket to travel to the Crimea and help. Eason – Mary Seacole helped in the Crimean War. Daisy B – She built her own hospital and called it the British Hotel. Liam – She wanted to help so much that she just wouldn’t give up.
Her father was Scottish and her mother was Jamaican.
This week in our English lessons we have been learning about instructions. Today we followed a set of instructions for how to play the game ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ We had great fun! We then compared instructions to a recount and learnt that they are always in present tense. We are hoping to write our own instructions soon so keep checking our blog!
Today in our PHSE lesson we discussed the word ‘Pollution’ and what that meant. We found out that ‘Pollution’ is our environment and the world getting dirty and full of germs and nasty smells. This in turn can make us sick.
There are many contributing factors to air, water and land pollution. Things like plastic litter, exhaust fumes, trees being cut down and not replaced and various types of fires.
Then we discussed how saving energy would be helpful to the planet and help reduce some of the pollution.
These are some of the things we decided we could do at school to help save energy.
• Turn lights off when no one is in the room.
• Turn down the heat on radiators.
• Turn off taps, don’t leave them running.
• Turn off computers, ipads and tablets when they are not in use.
• Walk to school instead of come by car or bus.
Today in circle time we thought about the value word of tolerance. We played the game The Sun Shines On… to start to think about likes and dislikes. We then worked with a partner to think of something we both liked and disliked – it was very tricky to agree because some of us are have our own strong opinions! We decided it is absolutely fine to be different but we must respect each other’s opinions and show tolerance to those people we disagree with.