This year at Philpots we have been really excited to start our Forest School lessons. We have kindly been given the use of 28 acres of woodland by our neighbour Lord Limerick and, under the leadership of Doug and Tom our Forest School Instructors, we have begun lighting fires, foraging for food and……….finding we have badgers!
January is the month when students enjoy the RSPB’s Big School’s Birdwatch. This year we set up Top Bungalow as a sort of bird hide. We kept record sheets, drew pictures and took photos, admiring the acrobatic tits, the shy chaffinches and wrens, and the bold beautiful robins, to name just a few.
It must be getting close to Christmas as last week we had our Advent Spiral.
In Simon’s class this term they have been learning all about chocolate – where it comes from, how it is made and all the different varieties. They have also been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We all got treated in our school assembly to some of the different chocolates they had made – thankyou everyone in Simon’s class!
This week in class we will be looking at a range of topics related to bullying. Anti bullying week presents a good opportunity to look at bullying – where does it happen?, in what forms it can happen and who can be effected.
The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is often a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.