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During wellbeing day Oak class talked about what makes us happy and we thought about all of the things we are grateful for. We got a big role of paper and filled it with some beautiful drawings that show everyone what makes Oak class happy.
On Wellbeing day Beech spent time looking at ‘zones of regulation’ and how we can describe the way we feel using colours. This built on from our learning at the beginning of term linking to The Colour Monster. We made our own colour gauges for our feelings, acted out different scenarios and decided what would be the best way to manage our feelings. We made some ‘feelings catchers’ to help use share our fears and know how to deal with them. We also looked at how to keep our body healthy as well as our mind. We learnt about how to be safe around medicine and reminded ourselves about the number 999! We learnt how to help each other and thought of some words to describe how amazing we all are, we then used these to write about ourselves! We ended the day with mindfulness and learnt some great ways to use our breathing techniques!
Willow Class enjoyed Wellbeing Day on Thursday. They learnt about the Zones of Regulation model where they learnt to put their emotions into a coloured section, then they learnt what to do to deal with them. They painted their emotion faces with the colour that the emotion represented. They also learnt about how to deal with emergencies in their first aid lesson. They looked at some scenarios, then dis-cussed in groups what they would do.
Sycamore had a great day for Wellbeing Day. They did various activities in the morning, including doing some gentle exercise and finished the day off with Forest School where they spent a lot of time doing quiet activities which gave them the opportunity to reflect and think.
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Oak Class discussed what it means to be kind and how we show kindness to everyone around us. We discussed how our friends in our class are kind to us and the things that we do to include others.
We then created a ‘Kindness Heart’ as a class where we made an agreement to always be kind to each other. We chose a colour to paint our hand and then printed it onto the heart. We displayed it in our class so everyone can see that we think it’s important.
Beech Class watched a short Pixar animation ‘The Birds’ where a group of small birds tease and pick on a bigger bird. We discussed what unkind behaviours we saw in the film and used it to discuss what hurtful things the small birds did, and what they might have said to the big bird if they could talk. We then did an activity to show how hurtful words cannot be taken back and the effect that they have on someone can be long-lasting.
We also looked at some scenarios together as a class and discussed whether we thought they were bullying or not. In groups, we came up with solutions of what we could all do to help make the situations better.
Lastly, we created anti-bullying superheroes to show what changes we can all make to help stop bullying.
Willow Class focused on the kinds of words and the type of behaviour they would and wouldn’t like to hear. They shared and discussed their thoughts during PSHE circle time. We have created a rainbow of kind words and actions for display in our classroom.
For Anti-bullying week, Sycamore Class have learnt about and discussed this year’s slogan of ‘Change starts with us’ and how small changes make huge differences. We also focused in on the types of bullying and in particular cyber-bullying; the types of online bullying, recognising online bullying, the consequences and how to deal with it. Ending with the
A fun and enriching day was had by all last Friday, as the whole school paused to celebrate and learn about the British Values. It was wonderful to see the children arriving for school in their red, white and blue coloured clothes to represent the Union Jack flag, so thank you for all making such an effort! The children were organised into groups so that Beech and Oak classes worked together and Willow and Sycamore joined up. This meant that our groups could experience all of the workshops that the teachers had planned for the key stages.
We were given four possible topics to debate and each group democratically decided which area to choose. The children were then given the role of putting together all of the arguments for and against the debate so that a real discussion could take place. This then concluded with a free vote to see what the overall decision of the team was. In the assembly, children explained that the topic they chose was to debate whether animals should be kept in zoos and they presented their arguments.
Mutual Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty
We looked at what creates our own personal identities, whether this be our eye colour, a favourite hobby or a belief. The story of ‘It’s OK to be different’ by Todd Parr was used to begin these discussions. We compared them with our friends and spoke about how these differences don’t stop us from being friends or helping and caring for one another. We have to respect the choices of others and that it’s ok to have different opinions!
Rule of Law
With the help of the story ‘Goldilocks, we explored how we need to follow rules to ensure everybody is treated fairly. We looked at what could happen if we break rules and the difference in outcomes when we follow them. During the day, games were played where the rules were forgotten and of course, they ended in chaos! Very quickly, rules were discussed and put into place, making the point that when games are fair and rules are followed, everything is much more enjoyable!
Using Google Earth, we looked at the location of Great Britain and how it is a collection of islands. It was also interesting to see that the Union Jack is made up of all of the flags of the British Isles. Some of the children created their own maps, locating England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We then found where Chiddingly was within the British Isles and zoomed in on the school from above and could spot the playground and trim trail.
IMPACT & KNOWLEDGE GAINED
As a result of learning about the British Values, we have already seen the children demonstrating and applying their new knowledge in their classrooms and on the playground. The children really enjoyed learning about what helps create their identity and they now have a renewed respect for themselves as individuals, as well as for their peers and adults both in and out of school.
On Monday, we held our termly PALs assembly (Progress and Learning) where we celebrated all of the fantastic learning which has taken place in Term 1. The children really enjoyed sitting with their friends in other classes and sharing their achievements. One of the wonderful things about this assembly is seeing children beam with pride when one of their peers recognised how their learning and skills had moved forward. It was great to listen in to the conversations that the children were having. We also recognised that the hundreds of books that began the term with empty pages, were now filled with a vast amount of learning experiences. Well done Team Chiddingly!
- Olly could identify great writing — he is now using exclamation marks!
- Lacey reflected on the objectives she had learnt in history. She learnt the different types of bombs they dropped in WWII.
- Freya told Elijah which pages she enjoyed of his work.
- Sebastian explained his science learning to Ethan.
- Kodie showed his progression in writing by showing Josie the amount of writing he’d written (was 3 lines and now 10 lines!).
- “Spanish has been really hard – that’s why this is my best piece of work because I had to work the hardest.” Chloe Y4
- “I’m proud of how neat my handwriting has become.” Floyd Y5
- “I can read his handwriting now – it is much smaller and he’s using punctuation when he wasn’t before.” Leo Y5
- “We have been doing filtration in science. I am really proud of this work because I used predictions and compared my results.” Connor Y4
Oak Class had a circle time where they talked about what makes them happy and what makes them sad.
'People when they're kind make me happy'. Charlotte
'Funny things make me happy...I like to laugh!' Wilf
Beech Class looked at a Kandinsky painting and found out how he used colours to express feelings. They then made their own.
In Willow, we spent time exploring what mental health is and found out it was 'looking after your mind as well as your body.' We then thought of ways of looking after our minds and we practised mindful breathing and yoga. We learnt that breathing is really helpful to get rid of negative thoughts and a great way to get our body calm as we learnt that our mind affects our behaviour.
Sycamore Class discussed coping strategies and made matchboxes with coping strategies inside to remind us how we could cope with certain emotions.
Please see the links below for local support and services for all. (These links were sourced through East Sussex County Council) Further Links can be found on www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/healthadvice/mental-health/directory/help
Peer Support Service
Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – People who have their own lived experience of mental health challenges who will offer support alongside you to take control of your mental health and stay well available across East Sussex
- Tel: 01323 405 334
- Email: PeerServiceESussex@southdown.org
- Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Peer Support Service
Children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioral or mental health problems.
Get Well, Stay Well, Prevent Crisis – Drop in support for adults (aged 16 years +) available 5 days a week. Find more information about this service on 1Space: Southdown Wellbeing Centres
- Tel: 01323 849 844
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01825 760 684
- Email: email@example.com
Boost your wellbeing and take ownership of your health by borrowing a wellbeing box from your library. Each box contains interactive resources, local service information and literature about different areas of wellbeing, using the Five ways to mental wellbeing. To reserve a box talk to a member of library staff or book online. Family Wellbeing boxes and Teen Wellbeing Bags are also available to borrow for free.
Available across East Sussex
- Tel: 0345 6080196
Health in Mind
The free NHS service for residents of East Sussex experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. Our skilled therapists provide the support you need to feel positive and in control again. Rapid access courses, secure online referral, one to one therapy, by phone, online and face to face.
Available across East Sussex
- Tel: 03000 030 130
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sussex Mental Healthline
This helpline can be reached in East Sussex between 5pm and 9am and all day during weekends and bank holidays
- Tel: 0300 5000 101
If you, or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans run a 24 hour helpline
- Tel: 08457 909090
For more information about supporting your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please speak to your child’s class teacher. Some further information can be found at youngminds.org.uk
On Wednesday 10th October, we learnt about mental health and ways to ensure we have healthy minds.
This week, we have actioned choosing reduced sugar cereals in Breakfast Club and from next Monday, we will have brown bread instead of white, for toast.
We will be working with the children to find out what makes a healthy breakfast and try different foods that are healthy and a great start to the day.
You may have seen in the news recently the Change4Life campaign which aims to cut down sugar intake in children.
There are many benefits to eating fruit at break times, including extra vitamins to fight off those germs!
Please ensure that if your child has a snack at break time, it is a piece of fruit.
You can visit the Change4Life website for more information.
This term, we will be developing MINDFULNESS in the school - the importance of finding time in the day to ‘Stop, Breathe and Be’. Posters will be going up around the school to remind us all to do this.
On Tuesday the 3rd of January, Pioneer staff took part in a Wellbeing INSET day.
We had visitors come in to show us how to promote our vitality and reduce our stress to be the best we can at our jobs.
We were split into three groups and for the day, we rotated into different activities.
One activity looked into nutrition and how going sugar-free can be beneficial to the body. We found some great recipes for sugar-free snacks that we really enjoyed!
The second activity showed us how our heartbeat reacted to emotions and to combat the more challenging emotions we might experience, we learnt different breathing techniques to calm our heartbeats.
The third activity was a brilliant yoga session. This showed us that exercise is a great way to clear the mind and relax. As a result, there will now be a staff yoga class weekly.
We learnt a lot during these sessions, especially about how important our wellbeing is and how having a good state of mind can really affect our work for the better.
We will be developing the technique of mindfulness with the pupils. There is a yoga class at Chiddingly Primary every Tuesday after school. If your child is interested in taking part, please speak to Miss Dutton in the office.