What a busy weekend the Kestrels have had! All sorts have happened, and we have medals too!
Paige achieved a gold medal for her Solo Modern Dance.
Jessica achieved three amazing shields for her tap, ballet and freestyle dance.
Fantastic effort girls. We are all super proud of you both. You show great commitment to your activities and reap the rewards.
Today year 5 watched an inspiring assembly on mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and a chance to really express and think about our own mental health.
Everyone needs to get support and we get support from a variety of people; parents, friends, siblings, trusted adults and other family members – even pets!
It is important that we recognise we get comfort from so many different places. Getting comfort, positive affirmations, guidance or just to listen or be around you is also a comfort and a support.
We also looked at thinking about our breathing. Breathing is something we do naturally but when we are stressed, upset, angry or excited our breathing gets quicker. It is important to learn how to regulate our breathing and bring it back down.
We traced our hands and took deep breaths in, held it, then took strong breaths out, while tracing up and down our fingers.
We noticed it helped us empty our minds and relax.
Over the holiday we discovered what Destiny and her Mum do every New Year. With other friends, they show their kindness to the homeless making sure they have what they need and bringing a smile to their faces. Here’s Destiny with one of her motivational post-its, and a lovely response from one of the people she helped. Well done Destiny and Mum! Our value word this month is caring – you are showing it in action!
Today Year 5 had a challenge! They had to plan and make something that held water. They had 30 minutes to plan and make it. They were going to time how long it could hold water for. The aim was to apply their metacognitive skills.
But what is metacognition?
It is the thinking about thinking- thinking about what you already know about something and using that knowledge. It is very powerful. When we take the time to stop and think about what we already know it means we build on that knowledge and work smarter, rather than rushing into a task.
In this task, talking, discussing, sharing, evaluating along the way is so important.
There were some “cups” that did not hold water for more than 1 second, so it did not do its job. Others held water for over 100 seconds, a couple went for over 800 seconds!
Excellent challenge Year 5.
Well done to Amaya, Lexi and Paige for bringing back silver medals from the gymnastics competition this afternoon!
Brilliant effort was put in and the class were so proud of them when they walked in with huge smiles and shiny silver medals.
Today Year 5 looked at another question:
What does school already do to help stop bullying and ensure all pupils are happy and safe?
There were a lot of excellent responses!
It was clear the children know how we stay safe and that everyone is responsible for our safety, which is so important.
We then went on to look at another question:
Who are the people in school who can help us reduce and respond to bullying?
Again, the children responded with very similar answers and eventually agreed that actually, the answers all amounted to one thing- EVERYONE was responsible for reducing and responding to bullying.
Very impressed Year 5! You have a clear understanding of what we do as a school, how it is done and why we do it.
Today the class looked at:
What kind words have been said to you this week?
There were some lovely responses to this today and a couple of surprises! It was so heart-warming to see that we are a class of children who complement each other, look out for each other and are generally kind.
Tanatswa surprised Mrs Calbreath and Mrs Sabir with lovely notes that created huge smiles, a few ahhhhs and a lot of appreciation. Thank you Tanatswa. What was even nicer was that she gave the notes BEFORE she realised the question on the board!
Kestrels are a very kind class and show it every day.
Today Year 5 began looking at acts of kindness for Anti- bullying week.
The question was asked:
What acts of kindness can I do today?
The children wrote their responses on post-it notes and put them up on the board.
There were lots of similar responses:
I will help someone today, especially if they are stuck.
I will ask someone to play with me if they are alone.
I will smile at someone.
I will open a door for a teacher.
Share my things.
Help my partner.
Try to be kind to my brother.
Help my mum because she has a cold.
Stand up for someone if they are being bullied.
These sound like great ideas – well done Kestrels.
Today year 5 had a fascinating discussion about xenotransplantation (transplanting a pig heart into a human). This is the subject in their class novel and they really got into debating the pros and cons of having such a transplant. Tomorrow, the children are going to interview each other on their opinions; with a view to writing a letter of protest to the hospital.
Year 5 have been looking at ‘Peer pressure” and how detrimental it can be. They watched a video explanning the dangers and how important it is to be themselves. They studied various scenarios and had to give the characters advice on how to stand up for themselves