Category Archives: PSHE

Out and About

Toucans spent a lesson outside to engage and explore the natural environment outdoors. They spent some quiet time, being mindful and listened to the natural sounds. We identified the noise of a Great Tit, using the RSPB website, once we got back inside the classroom. The children created pictures using natural materials and made streamers which were very effective on such a windy day! We enjoyed stories linked to the outdoor theme and heard a range of poems by Shirley Hughes. Toucans composed their own version of her poem “Out and About.”

What a Wonderful World!

Toucans have been enjoying our class book, thinking about different geographical and environmental features that the world has in it. Toucans watched a heartwarming video narrated by David Attenborough with the words to this famous song by Louis Armstrong. There was a true sense of awe and wonder as the children watched the clip.

Lexi like the penguins most and Elias like the monkey walking along best! We all liked different parts of the film!

Here is the song being sung by Louis Armstrong:

Using the We Are Here book the children learnt new facts.

Isla/Anren learnt that the Earth rotates around the sun.
Tatenda learnt rivers flow into the sea.
Karly found out about mountains.
Jacob learnt about sharks living in the sea.

Afterwards, the class got to work, rewriting their own verse for the song!

Appreciation

Toucans talked about who we appreciate and why, particularly in recent times. They each made a personalised Mother’s Day card for their Mum. A special extra thank you to all our Mums, for being teachers during the lockdown periods and bubble closures, over the last year!

Video: Here We Are

Toucans have been introduced to the book “Here We Are” this week. They shared facts about what happens on planet Earth and also about the entire Solar System. Using Google Earth, the class zoomed right in to find exactly where we are on the planet. The children enjoyed looking at Mrs Parry’s interactive toy model of the Solar System to check they had got their facts right! Afterwards, they all studied an aerial map of Bells Farm school and identified different areas of the school including our classroom. Each child completed a mind map, considering four aspects of family, friends, home and school. The children used their information to independently produce a leaflet, for an alien, all about “Planet Earth.” Please look at our working wall photos and short film clips!

Understanding cyber bullying, self image and self identity

Toucans discussed their understanding of cyber bullying and what to do if it ever happens.

Karly – If you receive a nasty text message you should always tell your parents.
You should block them as a contact too.

Corban – You should keep the the text as proof for evidence.

Ryan – You need to tell your parents.

Elias – You can tell the teachers at school.

The class watched an interactive film and used thumbs up/down to decide whether an action was right or wrong, related to cyber bullying. Afterwards, Mrs Parry described three photos of people and the children had to draw a quick sketch from her description. Afterwards, the class discussed who their trusted adults were, should they ever need support with cyber bullying issues. Finally, Toucans had some examples of online comments and had to decide how these would make them feel.

Pollution

Toucans watched a short film all about pollution today and created a poster about it afterwards. They discovered ways in which land, sea and air pollution happens.

James explained how when rubbish is burned and factories emit smoke it goes into the air. Shriya and Daniel said this was bad for our environment.

Importance of money

The saying goes that money makes the world go around! As a class we discussed what the importance of money was to us. At first the children suggested it was needed to buy toys, cars, TV’s, game consoles and other luxuries.

Then we discussed if we needed some of these things or if they were a want. It was agreed that money to buy food, to pay bills, to keep us warm and put a roof over our heads was a need. Things like sweets, TV’s, toys, games etc were a want and not essential. We discussed where money comes from. Some of the answers were mums purse, the bank and the cash machine. This led to a discussion on how the money gets into the bank, cash machine and mums purse. The bank doesn’t just give money out to anyone that wants it! We have to put our own money into the bank for safe keeping and take out what we need when we need it.

This then led to a discussion about things costing money and if we haven’t got the money to buy it we can’t have it which led us back to wants and needs.