Friday 31st March
The children completed their 5 weeks of pedestrian training this week and received their certificates. They have been learning how to cross the road safely and practising this under the supervision and guidance of the lovely trainers! Every week, the children have been awarded marbles for the jar for their exemplary behaviour and superb listening. You can see some photos below.
DT – Drawbridge with a winding mechanism
In DT this half term, the children have been learning about mechanisms. They designed a drawbridge to defend against a Viking invasion and then made a drawbridge with a winding mechanism to lower and raise it. This task was a huge challenge! The children had cereal boxes, a straw, some string, sticky tape and scissors. Everyone had to use their growth mindsets – including the teachers! Some of the folding, cutting and building had to be done and re-done. The children had to adjust things if they didn’t work, but they tried and tried and tried again; showing that good old Emmaville stickability! Naturally, a few children found it harder than others, but it was lovely to see their friends giving them a helping hand, suggestions and encouragement. In the end, everyone got there and completed their drawbridge. All I can say is ‘WOW’! What a fantastic achievement. I am very proud of you all! Have a look at the photos. I’m sure you will be very impressed too!
It’s that time of year for our Easter egg decorating competition. The children had a lovely creative afternoon, freely decorating their eggs with paint, paper, glue, feathers, beads, stickers, fabrics and all sorts! It was very tricky judging the eggs as there were so many wonderful ones. Well done to our class winners: Jax (1st), Eva(2nd) and Grace(3rd). Photos below.
Friday 24th March 2023
Enrichment Week - Enterprise
What a great, jam-packed week we have had this week! This week has been Enrichment Week with the focus being entrepreneurship, enterprise and teamwork. The children have worked in teams on various activities throughout the week, such as building a bridge out of paper and sticky tape and also designing and making an eco-friendly toy out of recyclable materials. The children have shown fantastic teamwork skills; they have listened to each member of the team and negotiated and compromised with each other to reach a decision. They have worked incredibly hard!
We also had a Forces Workshop and learnt about Sarah Goode who was an African American entrepreneur who made a foldable bed. In our teams, we created sculptures with our bodies as we learnt about her.
Have a look at the many photos below of the above activities.
In English all week, the children worked together in a team, created a business idea, wrote a persuasive pitch and then presented it to the class. There were some brilliant business ideas such as a health and needs theme park, a camouflage water bottle with a 15 year guarantee, animal treats and toys, a snow machine, making healthy food and a smart bean bag with wheels and comfy settings! It really was wonderful!
Have a lovely weekend. Mrs Hamilton
Friday 10th March 2023
PSHE – Keeping Safe - drugs
I was absolutely blown away by the children’s maturity and sensible attitude when we learnt about drugs in PSHE this week as part of our Keeping Safe topic.
We learnt that medicine given to you by the doctor or bought from the chemist is good for you as long as you take the correct amount. We know that children should never take medicine by themselves, but it should be given to them by their grown up. We learnt that some drugs can be very bad for you and can even be fatal. One of the children brought up the word ‘addiction’, and we discussed what that meant.
I was really impressed with the children’s thinking skills and questioning around these issues. They came to the conclusion that even medicine from the doctor might be bad for you if you take the wrong amount or if it was meant for someone else. We talked about a scenario where two children found some drugs in the park. The children suggested that they should not touch them, but should tell their grown up. We discussed that the drugs that the children found might be very dangerous or they might have been some prescribed drugs that have been left by accident. For the whole lesson the children were inquisitive and mature and got several marbles for the jar because of their brilliant attitude! Well done Southern Europe!
All the children were able to say how to keep themselves safe.
On Tuesday, the Year 3 children were very lucky to have a visit from Adam Bushnell. To link in with our history, the session was all about the Vikings. The children got to handle some Viking artefacts such as swords, chain mail, shields, fur and a helmet. They then created their own Viking character and used kennings to describe the items the character was using or wearing e.g. the sword could be called the ‘bone breaker’, the shield might be used as a ‘skull crusher’. The children had some amazing ideas! Later in the session the children, like the Vikings, had boasting competitions “I climbed 7 mountains!” “I drank the whole ocean!”. Finally, they created another character and planned a story about a battle between them. Great fun was had by all!
Safer Internet Day
We also spent time on Tuesday reminding ourselves how to keep safe on line. The theme this year was 'Want to talk about it?', so we spent a lot of time discussing how we could keep safe and what we should do in certain scenarios. We also made posters showing the internet safety rules.