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  • 11
    May

    Earthquake

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Building on our topic learning from earlier in the week the children were tasked with learning how to be safe if they are ever in a major earthquake. From my time spent in New Zealand I had learnt to be Turtle Safe which is a child friendly video teaching this potentially life saving skill. It involves drop to the floor, cover your head and hold onto a table leg. The children were incredibly engaged with the lesson and enjoyed the drama involved. We then discussed the kinds of items you may want to put into a box should you need to make an emergency evacuation. All children had five choices to make from a range of items such as fresh food, a deck of cards, torches, bags just to name a few. They all sensibly chose water and packaged or canned food, but a lot did not want to be separated from their special soft toy!
  • 11
    May

    Art and Music Therapy

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Today was a day to keep calm and carry on. A range of activities were organised to help the children rest, relax and recharge their batteries. One of the first activities that Year Four sunk their teeth into was art and music therapy. A calming piece of music was played and the children had the freedom to draw what they wanted based upon the music they were listening too. I also removed the distraction of colour variety. On every table was just one colour, orange. They could draw lines, images, dots, anything that came to mind. It was a time for them to let go, relax and let their hand wander on the page.
  • 11
    May

    Mindfulness Colouring

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    After delving into art we carried on with that theme by doing some mindful colouring. The kids were able to choose either a bat, an elephant, an iguana, a turtle or a rhino. I challenged them to attempt to colour in with the picture taped to the underside of the tables, which Roo and Rupert had a fair go at. In the end the children ended up in an array of positions with the main aim being that they were relaxed, happy and calm. I mean... who doesn't love colouring!
  • 11
    May

    Dog Therapy

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    There are a few benefits of having a dog such as relieving stress and with this is mind Jenny was invited to bring in her Cocker Spaniel Maddie. Year Four absolutely loved having her with us for the 30 or so minutes she spent with us showing off her tricks. I was amazed at how calm she was and the children responded very positively towards her. Another awesome calming experience for a relaxed mindfulness day.
  • 11
    May

    Harry Potter Yoga

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Now I am a teeny bit of a Harry Potter fan. I own a wand, multiple colouring books, multiple clothing items, bits for my house... fine, you caught me I am a MAJOR Harry Potter fan. With mindfulness day in mind and a mention of yoga put out there I had found what I considered to be a decent video for the children to follow. However, Mr Clarke introduced me to Cosmic Yoga for children and low and behold there was a Harry Potter Version! The video went through the entirety of the first book - a few sections missing - but was a really fun and enjoyable experience and really fun and calming, even if my limbs were a bit burny. You may have a few muscle ache complaints tomorrow. I'd recommend these videos to try at home, they have a wide range of stories from Moana to Star Wars. Have a go, relax and most importantly, have fun!
  • 10
    May

    The 3 M's

    Posted by Mr C Clarke
    "If only everyday could start like today"- This week has seen the school introduce a new singing scheme (Sing Up) during assembly time. Today, we managed to capture a rather special moment across the school. The 3 M's... Makaton, Moana and Magical voices of our children. Well Done BPS!
  • 09
    May

    Self Research Task

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    This week in literacy we have been looking into information texts. Last week we worked in groups to research a topic, and then we wrote an information text as a group too. To change it up, we have linked it in with our topic of Africa. The children were tasked today with researching an African animal from of their choosing. We had cheetahs, meerkats, snakes, penguins and many more. The children practised their computing skills by using search engines to help with their research. Tomorrow our plan is too write these up independently! I am looking forward to learning about all of these animals!
  • 09
    May

    Earthquake!

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Today in topic we linked our previous lesson on volcanoes to learning all about earthquakes. I had a mad idea that it would be a great task to create an earthquake model where the children would be able to visually see the tectonic plates moving around. The task was not easy and I think unfortunately the instructions were not as easy or explanatory as I hoped they would be and so the children had to practise using patience and resilience. I must say I was incredibly impressed with a few children who kept going, tried their best, and showed amazing perseverance. I was very proud of the attitude in the classroom.
  • 06
    May

    Getting loud in science

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Our new topic in science this term is sound which makes for a very noisy classroom on Tuesday afternoons, thankfully for myself, Mr Williamson gets the joy of exploring this with them. I popped my head round the door towards the end of the lesson and the children had a range of activities going in from metal-can cups - which was an upgrade from the plastic ones I used to use as a child - to drums with rice, so they could watch the vibrations. The children were absolutely engaged and it sounded a bit like a firework display with a lot of 'Woahs' going on. If you have spare metal cups and string at home then you can also recreate some amazing learning from the week and test out how the sound is affected when the string is shorter, longer, tight, loose etc.
  • 06
    May

    Computing Fun

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    This week the children again explored Purple Mash, a website which is used to help teach computing skills. Again we looked at making games. We looked at that last week and this week we developed that knowledge from last time to create new games that we a little better. The children were able to add levels into their game and found - through exploration - that you could make the baddies move around, chase you and almost do a little dance of destruction. The children had around 20 minutes to create their games and then we spent a further 15 or so minutes playing others games. From playing others' games they were able to further learn what was possible to do on their own games and a lot of them were able to change their games based upon what they learnt.