This morning, PC Bennett visited Year 3 with his two police dogs, called H and Olaf. To begin with, he asked the children how they could identify whether someone was a police officer. Afterwards, he showed the class his bullet proof vest including equipment such as a walkie talkie, a torch, a baton and CS gas spray. Some children were lucky enough to try on police head gear!
PC Bennett explained how his dogs were specially trained and shared what the dogs are able to do to help him do his job. First of all, the children were introduced to Olaf, who is a two year old German Shepherd. Besides catching suspects, Olaf can help P.C. Bennett to find missing people. Olaf demonstrated finding some hidden items around the playground. Next, the children met H who is an eight year old Springer Spaniel. He was very excited and demonstrated sniffing out an empty container that once had a bullet inside. He also helps P.C. Bennett to catch people who have naughty drugs.
Finally, all the children got to sit inside the police car and were thrilled to hear the loud siren and see the blue lights flashing across the playground! The children really enjoyed meeting PC Bennett and promised to wave at him if they see him out and about around the local area.
Mrs Parry explained how people can be stronger when they are in a group rather than being alone.
Bluebirds considered the purpose of groups both in society and in their own lives. The children thought about how there can be good groups of people that strive to become better at a common interest, or those work together for a good cause. Then they talked about bad groups like rival gangs on streets etc. We talked about how people can feel if they are not included or allowed to join a group for example, on the playground (upset, miserable, hurt, angry and upset).
Sometimes groups can interlink whereby children are in more than one of the same group such as Lexi and Joey who are in both Art club and Computing club at school.
Today, Bluebirds arrived wearing red, white and blue, to find their class decorated with bunting and Union Jack flags! They learnt about members of the Royal family, the family tree and the royal line to the throne. In addition, they heard all about Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
They found out all about the different ways people are celebrating all over the world. Mrs Parry showed them some news footage of her friend, who lives in Australia. He has turned his back garden into Buckingham Palace, complete with a London red bus, cannons and even the Queen. He is serving creams teas and serving full English breakfasts over the weekend and hopes to raise lots of money for charity.
Bluebirds, took part in activities such as designing a wedding dress, wedding cake and bunting. They decorated flags and completed wordsearches and crosswords. The children enjoyed playing pin the crown on the princess, dressing up as the wedding party and utilising photo booth accessories. Finally, the children enjoyed a little tea party together.
In Circle time, Bluebirds discussed our value word of honesty. Mrs Parry invited the class to share their views and opinions together.
What does honesty mean to you?
Kiall – You should tell the truth.
Demi – Do not lie.
Ruby L – Always say what really happened.
Huey – Always tell the truth.
Why is honesty important?
Katerina – It’s important to be honest if you don’t understand your school work so the teacher knows to help you.
Chandler – If you lie no one will believe you.
Joey – If you aren’t honest you will be in trouble and told off.
Evie – If you don’t tell the truth people won’t know how you feel.
Kennie – It is wrong to lie.
Do you think people are honest enough?
Kezi- Most people are but when adults get into trouble they could end up in prison.
Sumaiya – It would be best if all people were always honest.
Amber – Not enough people are. It should be everyone!
Should we always be honest? Why – explain your reasons?
Melissa – Always be honest else no one will trust you.
Naly – If there were no liars it would be an even better school!
Brooke – You should else you could end up with a yellow card for lying.
What are some examples of dishonesty you really dislike?
Megan – I don’t like it when someone lies and then later tells the teacher the truth (a different story) because I don’t know who to believe.
Sophia – You lose trust in people.
What are some examples of honesty that you especially appreciate?
Sophie – I like to hear the truth and know people are consistently honest.
Lexi – You don’t get into trouble when you tell the truth.
Brooke – I like people who tell the truth.
Has someone ever been dishonest with you and how did it make you feel?
Pheobe – I feel sad because someone has lied to me. I feel let down.
Katie – Spreading rumours is upsetting as it is lying.
Harry – I feel angry if someone lies to me.
Cory – I feel cross because it is wrong.
Rubi – I am upset if I’m lied to. They shouldn’t do it.
Elliott – I am unhappy if someone lies to me.
Bluebirds considered the factors of leading a healthy lifestyle. There were lots of ideas and contributions from the class. Afterwards, the children also heard how having enough sleep and having a happy attitude contributes to being healthy too. The children then thought about examples of how to take exercise. Mrs Parry said it helps if you choose a form of exercise you actually enjoy. e.g. Poppy went to the park after school yesterday, to ride her new bike. Afterwards, they thought about unhealthy things that people can do.
After school, the new members of Board Games Club were excited to see what games there were to play today. We talked about being responsible and respecting Mrs Parry’s games, ensuring that we handle them sensibly and remember to put away each game as we finish playing, to make tidying up easier!
We talked about the benefits of playing games together such as :
Making new friends in different year groups.
Non electronic fun!
A chance to socialise together.
Encouraging each other.
Working with others.
Opportunity to try out and learn new games.
Learning to take turns.
Critical thinking and planning strategies.
Following instructions in how to play a new game.
Improve / practise maths skills and counting.
Practise reading skills.
Decision making/ taking risks.
Feelings of achievement and well-being.
Understanding you will sometimes lose – be a good sport!
Be understanding of others and be willing to negotiate when you want the same game/counter piece.
Bluebirds were shown a photograph of some items to decide what the connection was between them all. After some group discussion, Bluebirds decided the pictures were all related to keeping clean. The class came up with lots of ideas of how to keep clean and all designed individual posters in their books.
Here is the list we came up with together-
Have a regular bath or shower.
Wash your hair regularly and brush your hair daily.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Wash your hands after you have been to the toilet.