Friday, 18 November 2016
Peace reigns at Eaton Bray Academy...
This is our value for the half term, and on Monday morning, children in Rabbits Class presented a very thoughtful assembly to the rest of the school on this theme. They talked about their wishes for world peace, read poems that illustrated what peace means to them, and shared origami cranes and doves, which are symbols of peace.
The children also spoke about peace within the school, and the importance of avoiding disputes and resolving conflicts with friends and classmates. It is national Anti-Bullying Week this week, so a good time for our children to think about the importance of kindness and good relations.
At EBA, we want the children understand that there is a difference between the minor fallings out and disagreements with friends in the playground, that are part of everyday life, and the nastiness of bullying, which is something that we are happy to say we really never encounter in this school. Our children understand the behaviour expectations that we have of them, and know that they always have a voice that will be listened to if they are encountering any sort of conflict with another pupil. With kindness, patience and understanding, peace and friendship can be maintained!
As usual there has been plenty going on in the classrooms and around the school this week. Otters Class have been thinking about the human body, and have drawn and labelled life sized figures. They have found out all about the five senses, and went on a "Sounds Walk" around the school grounds, listening out for all the different sounds they could hear in these peaceful surroundings.
Hedgehogs Class children have also been out and about, enjoying Forest School. They made salt dough, and used pine needles found in the nature trail to make hedgehogs! They also had fun making puppets and putting on puppet shows this week.
Squirrels have been continuing their work on directions, using the "Bee-bot" robots. These friendly creatures can be programmed to follow directions, and the children used their map making skills to create routes for them to find their way around.
On Thursday, Foxes Class presented their Class Assembly to parents and children. They talked about some of the work that they have been doing this term on volcanoes and space, sharing memories of their trip to the Natural History Museum. They also spoke about the work that they have been doing as part of EBA Enterprise, and showed mouth watering photos of their cookery masterpieces! Afterwards, there was tea and cakes (homemade by the children of course) for parents to enjoy.
The school hall was the venue for more excitement on Friday night, when it was transformed into a cinema for Movie Night!
Children from Hedgehogs, Otters, Squirrels and Rabbits were treated to a viewing of "Arthur Christmas" straight after school, then later in the evening, Badgers, Foxes and Deer returned to school to watch "The Nightmare Before Christmas". There were twinkling fairy lights, and popcorn and hot dogs for the children, served by staff and parent volunteers who acted as ushers and usherettes.
Thank you to the HSA committee who organised the event, and to everyone who helped on the night. This is the first of many lovely Christmas events and treats that we have planned for the children over the coming weeks, which we know will be very busy... but enjoyable!