May the 4th be with you Acorns!

Good morning everyone.

Did you know that today is ‘Star Wars Day’? One of the Jedi’s codes is not to feel anger towards others. This can be hard, as we all get cross from time to time. It is also okay to feel angry about the wrongs in the world. This way, people act and do something to make the world a better place. Here is a website which helps us to understand the emotion of anger and how we can handle it.

https://heartmindonline.org/resources/talk-about-anger

What kind of spaceship would you fly if you were a character in the movie? Can you design and build it? What materials would you need? Can you name the shapes that you would use? Why not act out or tell a story about your adventures? This leads me to a great idea called ‘Helicopter Stories’. It is designed to help young children with literacy, confidence and communication skills. Basically the grown-up write the children’s stories exactly as they are told. Later the stories are acted out on a taped out stage.

‘Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.’ (MakeBelieve Arts)

https://helicopterstories.co.uk

On Tuesday it is Asthma Awareness Day. Why not watch this video clip together and take part in the recommended discussion.

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/asthma/?activity=what-is-asthma

Here are some websites, which help us learn more about this illness.

https://www.asthma.org.uk/7e3f5557/globalassets/health-advice/resources/children/asthma-and-my-child-booklet.pdf

https://community.aafa.org/blog/9-ways-to-teach-children-about-asthma.

On Friday it is a ‘Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War’. It was established by the United Nations as a means to remember all the victims of the war, not just the soldiers, from all countries. It is also about understanding why there was a war (we fought a great hatred) and ensuring that all forms of intolerance are unacceptable. This led me to wondering about this. In our school, even from a very young age we learn to use our ‘British Values’ to become good citizens. One of the values is

‘Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others, as you want to be treated.’

It is important that we talk about, share and respect our similarities and differences to promote peace and goodwill. Why not draw a picture of your family and talk about what your likes and dislikes, what you like to do on your own and together. Think other families all over the world and how they are different and the same. Here is a quote from Maya Angelou, who promoted tolerance and respect for all

‘We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour.’

Here is charming video about the importance of letting our different personalities come through. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHgPQfkB6Tc

During this lockdown period, people are thinking more about staying safe and well. We are using online resources more to socialise and to do our work. It is very important that we stay safe when we do so. Here is a link to a site with information that helps us to stay protected whilst on line. It’s worth perusing the whole site.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/early-years/

As parents ourselves, we all know that children will take risks. It is part of the process of growing and learning. However, we can minimise the accidents and injuries that come with risk, by taking due care and attention and assessing our actions. 90% of the most serious preventable accidents to the under-fives fall into five main areas:

1. Threats to breathing – choking, strangulation or suffocation

2. Falls

3. Poisoning

4. Burns and scalds

5. Drowning

The following site is a useful guide to preventing accidents.

https://www.capt.org.uk/news/preventing-accidents-in-the-home

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s partnership has a useful parent’s page, which has helpful articles including ‘ Surviving Family Life Under Lockdown’.

https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/

Have a good week, everyone, and ‘May the Force Be With You’.

Mrs Vasconcelos, Mrs Loseby and Mrs Adderley.

 

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