February 3rd, 2021 by jcoates
Today, we have celebrated ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’. As our society begins to return to normal, many children and young people are having difficulties with social and emotional areas of life.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been doing a range of activities today to promote mental, emotional and physical health in school. This year’s mental health focus is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. As part of our celebration, we have also invited the children to ‘Dress to Express’. Pupils wore their favourite colour/pattern/TV character, and even choose a range of colours to express how they’re feeling.
In addition, we celebrated ourselves and what makes us special and unique, through the song ‘This is Me’, from the movie The Greatest Showman. We chose this song because lots of us really enjoy the film. We talked about the meaning behind this song and then decorated the lyrics with annotations to explain what each part of the song meant. We will be taking these song lyrics home to remind us of how strong we are.
Another activity we completed was a ‘Positivity Jar’. We each decorated a jar template and chose positive statements to describe ourselves, including ‘I am a good listener’ and ‘I share with others’. After this, we took some reflective time to write positive statements about things we admire in our classmates, and gave them out. At the end of the lesson, every child had a positivity jar full of statements chosen by themselves and written by classmates and teachers.
Lastly, we took part in ‘The Superhero Project’, exploring our own strengths and positive attributes. We then designed and made superheroes who had the same qualities and were fantastic, just like us. The project offers the opportunity for children to build on their confidence, resilience and determination as we all put on their capes and face the future.
December 16th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, we have been learning more about our bodies, the correct names for body parts, how to stay safe and about the physical differences between boys and girls.
The learning objectives we have covered include:
~ The difference between good and bad secrets
~ My body is changing as I grow
~ Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life
~ The similarities and differences between girls and boys and the correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions
~ The scientific characteristics of living things, including the need to reproduce.
My body, My choice
This session has explored the choices children can make about looking after their bodies. The lesson looked at making safer and healthy choices about their bodies, including sleep and exercise, diet, cleanliness and substances.
We have also spoken about how the children have choices concerning their own bodies and that it is up to them to decide what they feel comfortable with. To do this, we spoke about personal space and how we have different levels of comfort with different people. We each completed body outlines to ‘colour zone’ body parts that we share with other people (such as our hands), body parts which we only share with family or close friends (such as touching our faces) and body parts that are just for us (such as genitals).
The message of choice and consent runs through these sessions and the children have been encouraged to get help from trusted adults when necessary.
The difference between good and bad secrets
We have learned about the difference between good and bad secrets, explaining this by talking about how they make us feel; good secrets like surprise parties make people happy, but bad secrets include anything which makes us or those around us feel bad. This could include somebody touching us in a way we aren’t comfortable with, or keeping secrets about people feeling sad or being hurt.
My body is changing as I grow; Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life; Similarities and differences between girls and boys; The correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions.
We have also been looking at how our bodies change as we get older. We began the session by labelling the changes seen as people grow from babies to adults.
This opened our discussion to help us speak specifically about body parts and learn their correct names. Today, we have used the terms breasts, genitals, penis and vagina and we understand that these are private body parts and are nothing to be embarrassed about. We have also discussed that learning the correct terms for these body parts helps us to be really clear if we ever need to speak about our bodies with a trusted adult.
December 15th, 2020 by jcoates
Today, we have been looking at mental health and emotional wellbeing. Some of the objectives we have been studying include ways to maintain good mental health, (exercise, diet sleep, company) and describing the wider range of emotions and feelings. We have been looking in particular at how to maintain good mental health at Christmas time, which can sometimes be overwhelming, for lots of reasons. The Christmas holidays can be a busy time and are often filled with lots of different thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is important that we look after our mental health during times like this.
We have identified times when things might become difficult for us a Christmas, as well as discussing how we can deal with these problems. We also came up with a collection of different activities we could try to help us feel better at this time of year.
Here are some of the areas we have been thinking about:
~ Physical activities: things to get you moving.
~ Emotional activities: things to connect you with others.
~ Social activities: things to help you enjoy the company of others.
~ Play activities: things to let your imagination run free.
~ Concentrating activities: things you can spend time quietly focusing on.
~ Relaxation activities: things to help you be still, calm and to reflect.
~ Rest activities: things to help you simply chill out.
November 30th, 2020 by jcoates
This week, we have been writing promises that we would like to keep during Advent. We have had reflective moments of quiet hope, thinking about the Good News and Jesus’ birth and life.
We have also begun to take part in the Red Cross Kindness Campaign for Advent, where children are encouraged to learn about and practise kindness during December through the story of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This has helped us build emotional literacy, empathy and resilience.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
September 17th, 2020 by ahudson
Miss Hudson and Mrs Bowes are so proud of all of the children in Year 1 for their beautiful behaviour and settling in so well. Well done Year 1, you are superstars!
September 14th, 2020 by jcoates
In Year 3B, we have had a wonderful first few weeks. We have particularly been focusing on mental health and how to look on the bright side and have a positive outlook in life. Look at our wonderful butterflies for our class display – we are flying high!
“I can achieve.”
“I will keep trying.”
“My best is always good enough.”
September 11th, 2020 by emennell
In our first few weeks back, we have been focusing on mental health and thinking on the bright side of life. We learnt so much about each other during our first week, that we wanted to share it and display it in our classroom. Our rainbow represents all of the things we can do and how we make a community together.
September 11th, 2020 by ahudson
Year One have had so much fun today celebrating Roald Dahl and learning all about the BFG. We have discussed dreams, adventures and how we can be a kind friend like the BFG. We have also been making our very own dream catchers and ears to match.
Miss Hudson, Mrs Bowes and Mrs Richardson made their very own BFG ears too! Well done Year 1!
September 9th, 2020 by emennell
What a fantastic, full week Year 3A have had! The children came back raring to go in KS2. This week we have focused our time on reconnecting with one and other. Our ‘me too’ web highlighted how much we all have in common and all of the different interests we share. Myself and Miss Cummings have enjoyed learning all about you.
September 4th, 2020 by emennell
We have had a fantastic start to Year 3! All of the boys and girls have jumped straight into action and we have been very busy, both inside and outside of our classroom. Our week has been spent catching up and re-connecting after a long time apart. This week we have focused on being positive and sharing our thoughts and feelings on lockdown and coming back to school. We are all so happy to be back together and can’t wait for the rest of Year 3.
September 4th, 2020 by ereid
What a week we’ve had! Year 6 have started this year with a bang, even though they forgot that they were Year 6 when I called them through the gates on Wednesday morning. We’ve welcomed a new child to our class this week too which has been wonderful! The whole class have made him feel very welcome and he looks as if he is already part of the yard football team.
Over the last few days, we’ve spent time discussing the changes to our daily timetable and getting use to this new normal within our school. Everyone has embraced this and we couldn’t be prouder of them.
Since it’s been a little while now since we were all back in school together, we thought it would be nice to talk and share about our feelings about returning to school and experiences we’ve had through lockdown. The children all seemed to enjoy extra takeaways and screen time whilst away from school but admitted they were happy to come back to see their friends again. They have created some wonderful pieces of art showing their thoughts and we cannot wait to get them up on the wall.
On Thursday morning we made time to say a prayer together and reflect on the year ahead of us. We sat in silence whilst the liturgy candle flickered and our quiet music played. In response we shared ideas of what we could do, not only to help ourselves be our best self, but our friends too. The children had some very thoughtful responses and showed that they are a very caring and considerate group.
We cannot wait for next week when we can get back to it and start create more memories again here at Sacred Heart.
Miss Reid 🙂
September 3rd, 2020 by lwise
Miss Wise and Miss Scott were delighted to welcome back such a happy, sensible and hard working Year 4 class this week. We have all thoroughly enjoyed being back at school, and have shared some lovely times together in our bubble. We celebrated being back together on Wednesday by making medals and wearing them with pride. We also spent some time on Thursday discussing ‘positive attitude’ and designed our ‘positive pants’ which will be hung with pride in our classroom. No matter how tricky things may be, we leave our ‘negative knickers’ at the door and wear our ‘positive pants’ whilst we work hard and have fun. A quote we enjoyed discussing today and would ask you to consider is: “A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You can’t go anywhere until you change it!”