Taking responsibility for my health
This week we discussed the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including diet, dental hygiene, rest, relaxation and exercise. The children self evaluated what they thought they already did successfully in each of these areas and what they could do to improve in them!
Shamrock's class were very knowledgeable about what a healthy lifestyle looks like and were very honest about what they felt they were already doing well and areas in which they thought they could improve. We thought back to the SMART targets we set last week and set ourselves a small achievable target for each area of our own healthier lifestyle.
What can I be?
In this week's lesson we thought about what kind of person we'd like to be when we are older; including what personal qualities we would like to have as well as things that we hope to achieve. We identified some long term goals and thought about what we need to do to work towards them. We broke the skills down into chunks and set ourselves some SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) targets, highlighting what steps we would need to take in order to achieve them.
I was blown away by some of the lovely qualities which members of Shamrock's class would like to have and very impressed at some of the aspirational achievements and targets they set for themselves. The children thought hard about what realistic, small steps they need to take to achieve their goals.
Relaxation and Mindfulness
In the first week of this half term, we started as we meant to go on, by exploring the importance of relaxation! We discussed how we could use mindfulness techniques as a strategy for managing our emotions and the children shared how important their weekly meditation sessions were to them.
We had a go at some Yoga and took part in a Guided Meditation session. At the end if the session we discussed how and when the children could realistically fit some time for relaxation into their week (and what that time might look like for them).
It is amazing to be back at Morda Primary School and to be teaching the super Shamrock's class. I feel very lucky to be teaching some familiar faces again and to meet some lovely new ones too.
Thank you to you all for the very warm welcome back.
We've started the second half of the Autumn Term with some interesting Geography work on Brazil, exploring the topic of Light and Colour in Science and by writing Newspapers in Literacy (just to name a few of our subjects and topics).
If any parents or carers have any queries please just reach out by email or come see me at the end of the school day.
We have had a fantastic start to the year with all the children working extremely hard in class. We have already written our first piece of writing in literacy and to say they have impressed me is an understatement.
This half term the children will be learning about the Ancient Greeks in History; forces in science; Michelle Reader, an artist who recycles to create sculptures, in art (Please send in your recycling) and our class book is Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.
The children have discussed and created our class display based on our school values: Compassion, Fairness and Courage. We also looked at how we can have a growth mindset in the up and coming year to help with our learning and achieving our very best by overcoming challenges. We have also spoken about our emotions and how this can impact our learning and friendships and how we can manage these emotions in the best possible way.
This week the children have been designing a Multifunctional Navigational Tool to solve the problem for their client - Aria at Adventure Awaits (based in Queensland, Australia). The children have come up with their own concept designs based on the brief given by Aria and in line with sustainable design. They coded and programmed a Micro-bit to give cardinal directions and to count the amount of steps the customer takes (Pedometer). They also used a CAD software to bring their design to life (Pictured above)
The children have loved every minute of Arthog and they cannot wait to come home to tell you all about their adventures. Mr D's group did gorge walking this morning and canoeing this afternoon. Mr Pickavance and Mrs Rockley's group completed the trail quest and bushcraft-skills (lighting a fire with a bow drill). Tonight we are going to end the night with an open fire and toasted marshmallows.
An incredible day of triumphs today. We have some more super climbers in Mr Pickavance and Mrs Rockley's group, who were also joined by Mr Eglin. Mr D's group took on the trail quest and solved all the problems and found the missing treasure. Both groups ended up at the raft building together. Each craft sailed without any mishap. The same cannot be said for Mr D and Mr E, who were both pushed in to the very cold water. Don't worry Mr D got his own back on everyone who deserved it!