We have started 2018 with ‘fitness’ in mind. Our Monday assemblies have been based around the theme of ‘Change4Life’ and we have been learning about the benefits of exercise, healthy eating and looking after ourselves. We’ve been ‘getting fit’ and learning how exercise can help us:
· Improve our behaviour, self confidence and social skills
· Improve our attention levels
· Develop our coordination
· Strengthen our bones and muscles
· Improve our fitness levels
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Help our sleep patterns
· Improve our mood and feelings
The Change4Life website: www.nhs.uk/change4life has a range of tips, ideas and resources. We would also like to raise awareness of the importance of ‘being healthy’ and how to stop the spread of infections and diseases.
We’ve held ‘healthy me’ assemblies in school and shared the following messages:
1. Using a tissue to wipe or blow our noses: ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’
2. Coughing or sneezing into our elbow rather than our hands.
3. Making regular hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:
· before eating and cooking
· after using the bathroom
· after cleaning around the house
· after touching animals, including family pets
· before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives
· after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing
· after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)
Our focus has been on ‘how we treat each other’ with a particular focus on anti-bullying.
We shared the following definitions with the children, discussing these through both classroom activities and assemblies:
Rude is “saying or doing something that upsets someone else.”
In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest score or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness or poor manners but not meant to actually hurt someone.”
Being mean involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).”
Unlike unthinking rudeness, “mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone….Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.”
Bullying is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power….
Children who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse -- even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop. The key aspect is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful.
During anti-bullying week, we participated in NSPCC assemblies (followed up in Year 5 and 6 with classroom workshops) and our school council are currently finalising our anti-bullying policy which will be available on our website in the new year.
We’ve focused on ‘e-safety’ and how we stay safe online. This involved a range of assembly talks as well as our digital leaders visiting our younger children’s classrooms to talk about how to stay safe when using the internet. Our older children have been discussing the use of social media and how we must take responsibility for keeping ourselves safe when using this platform.
Useful websites to start discussion topics include:
As part of safeguarding me, we celebrated National Road Safety week and used a range of resources to focus on how we can keep ourselves safe on, and by, the roads. We also shared messages we could pass onto drivers - 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built-up areas used by pedestrians and cyclists.
Our Year 4 children participated in a road safety programme titled Stepping Out. Stepping Out is a pedestrian awareness scheme developed to help children develop basic pedestrian skills.
Our Year 2 children also enjoyed Step Outside activities and met ‘Togo and Nogo’ who helped them learn how to be safe by the roads.
Visit them at: http://www.togoandnogo.co.uk