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Environmental, Life Skills and Safety Education
We have just run our first Environment and Child Safety week at the school and hope that it will become an annual event – a celebration of work across the year that aims to increase pupils’ ability to understand the world around them and safely participate in a range of challenging practical activities at school and beyond
This year, the natural world took centre stage during our week of events and pupils had a great time working with staff and volunteers from our friends at the RSPB, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Borough of Poole.
For a number of years pupils across the school have worked hard to achieve the Poole School’s Environment Award. In 2016 we achieved the Silver Award and this year we hope we have gone one better and receive a Gold Award.
The aim of the Award is to engage children in learning about, taking responsibility for, and enjoying their environment. To encourage and celebrate sustainable, healthy living.
There are six sections to the Award:
Natural world - Learning about the natural world and protecting Poole’s environment
Waste and recycling - reducing waste and increase knowledge and practice of recycling
Healthy living - raising awareness of healthy living and incorporating physical activity into the daily routine
Transport - Improving green transport, Bikeability cycle training and reducing traffic congestion - fewer cars at the school gate can make it safer for children who walk and cycle to school
Litter - Learning about the dangers of litter to animals and marine life
Blow your trumpet! - Recognising and celebrating achievements.
In the coming months our pupils will begin working for next year’s award and be involved in planning next year’s event.
If you are keen to get your child out-and-about, want to learn more about the kinds of challenge we’ve done or would like to suggest an activity, event or cause that we should be getting involved with please contact us or look for inspiration on one of our links, below:
A great website that helps teach the basics of road safety through video and game
All things bird! Great places to go and things to do when you get there
Everything you would want to know about nature locally. Some of their sites are very small and very local – need somewhere to pop out to when you’re in a rush? Start here!
Been inspired? Going for a walk? This site will help you make scrummy picnic food, show you how best to store food and make great meals with leftovers.
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week takes place across the country from 14 - 18 November.
Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, this year’s national theme is ‘Power for Good’ and aims to get children, young people, parents, carers and teachers to ‘power up’ and take action against bullies individually and collectively to create a safe environment where children can thrive.
An anti-bullying survey is undertaken with all Poole schools every year. The most recent survey showed that it was cyber bullying where schools had reported the most increase. The survey also revealed that half the schools which responded have peer mentoring schemes in place to help with friendship issues, whilst every school has a senior staff member who is an anti-bullying champion, with staff forums held every term.
Find out more on the Borough of Poole website: here.
On Wednesday 9th December, we held our first Christingle Service at St. Clements Church.
In the morning at school, every child made their own christingle and learnt about what they represent. In the afternoon, the entire school made their way to the church to perform our 'Christingle Rock' for friends and family.
Classes performed songs and actions they had learnt in music lessons and some pupils read readings about the origins of christingles. We then sang together and lit our candles. The younger children also dressed up and performed scenes from the nativity.
It was a wonderful service enjoyed by all who attended. A big thankyou goes to our music teacher Alison Newland for all her hard work with the children to create such lovely performances.
Starfish class have been learning about Autumn. As part of this topic they went on a trip to Upton Country Park.
To travel to the park, Starfish class went on the public bus. They learnt how to walk safely to the bus stop, how to buy a ticket, and how to sit safely whilst travelling.
At Upton Country Park they collected things they could find to do with Autumn. The children found lots of colourful leaves, pine cones, acorns and conkers!
The children had lots of fun exploring the Autumnal woods and learnt all about how the environment changes at this time of year.