|Newsletter 21 October 2019|
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
Children’s emotional wellbeing and positive mental health is at the forefront of everything we do here at Hall Meadow. High self-esteem and self-confidence enable children to learn. With strategies in place to support the children to build resilience and develop coping mechanisms when things get tough, children will grow into healthy adults with a toolkit of ideas to use to support their own mental health and wellbeing. Mrs Evans has been teaching the Paws b Mindfulness programme in Years 3 and 4 this term and the children now have a greater understanding about how the brain reacts at certain times and what they can do to help themselves at more difficult times. The children have been taught a range of practices that they can use whenever they need to. Peer massage is now an integral part of supporting children’s wellbeing at Hall Meadow. The Iris Class children have begun learning the strokes and they have learnt to ask for permission before they start their massage and to thank their partner once they have finished. They are already saying things like, “It makes me feel calm,” “It makes me feel relaxed,” “It makes me feel nice,” “It makes me feel sleepy” and “Are we doing massage today?” Mrs Ricotta and Mrs Dickens have attended some training called ‘Challenge the Gap’ where we looked at how to develop children’s emotional literacy including extending the vocabulary relating to our own emotions and relating that to how other people might be feeling to. Lots of lovely ideas to bring back to school.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The most exciting news relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage, apart from our amazing children, is the development of our outdoor learning area. We were very pleased to be able to access a Lottery Grant in order to help improve the outside learning area for Iris Class. We sometimes let the other classes use it too. We have a reading chair for sharing stories, the children love being Mrs Dickens or Mrs Coles and reading the story. We have den building posts, musical instruments, a huge wooden balance and a brilliant bug hotel where we have planted seeds in the top and filled the tubes up with different habitats to attract a range of insects. We hope to grow some vegetables in the top too!
Thursday 4th April 2019-Last day at school for children before the Easter holiday
Friday 5th April 2019-Staff Training Day and Parent Consultations
Tuesday 23rd April 2019-Children return to school
Wednesday 24th April-4pm-7pm-Parent consultations
Friday 26th April-No celebration assembly
Remember to order your school lunches for next term. The cut-off time for hot dinners for the following week is usually midnight on Tuesday.
Please can we politely ask, that if you park your car to drop off or collect your child from school, that you park safely and show consideration for our neighbours. Thank you.
Please remember to remove all earrings for PE and that the children need to be wearing the correct school PE uniform for PE lessons.
Thank you for your continued support.
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