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Whats is mental health?

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Mental health – do you have it? Yes we all have mental health it’s our state of mind! Sometimes it is tested, sometimes we feel frustrated or upset or want to shout for joy and occasionally if everything feels too much we might need a friend to chat to.

A group of our Squirrels worked with other children from the Cluster to learn all about how to keep a healthy mental balance.

Here are some tips: drink plenty of water, smile, take regular walks, ask people how they are and look at them when they reply, enjoy being outside, eat healthy food, get to bed on time, read a book or find ways to relax!

Young Voices 2020 here we come!

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What an experience it is to sing with literally 1000’s of other children along with a superb rock band and stars from the stage, music scene and TV!

Of course our children were a delight – even as we finished late into the evening having been standing for hours of rehearsals.

Spectacular lighting and the dance company were certainly the highlight. It’s always a challenge to find each family but we managed to spot everyone who we knew among the 1000’s of spectators.

A big thanks to the parents who helped and to all the class for learning their words.

Mothergoose comes to Eyam

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Congratulations to so many of the children for joining in with the community production.of Mother Goose.

The whole thing was such fun and the family spirit was quite remarkable.

A big thank you to all the helpers and the production team!

The Elf run was lots of fun!

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The School raised money for Bluebell Wood our local hospice care for children. We had fun doing the Elf Run Challenge using the playground for a warm up and sporting challenges – the staff joined the fun too!

Warming up with laps around the yard hopping, skipping and running, the children then took part in a relay race in their four houses, wearing their charity elf hats. Bells could be heard jingling as the children jumped, danced and twirled their way across the yard. A total of £150.00 was raised for the hospice – well done to all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

Advent – a celebration of Christmas

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Its a busy season for everyone at Eyam – both in the community and at school (as well as at home of course!).

We always kick start the run up to Christmas with a decoration day where the community are invited in to get sticky and help make decorations – its a lovely atmosphere helped by mince pies at playtime.

The choir and quartet made a wonderful addition to Community Christmas luncheon at the Church Centre.

 

Soup and a chat was popular as ever with Squirrel children making home made soup and inviting friends to lunch and a quiz. Delicious soup thanks to a lot of chopping!

We enjoyed celebrating advent together in Church with friends and family as well as our special Infant Nativity which is always a highpoint in the year.

 

We took part in the Community Carol Service

 

Almost the end of term but what a celebration of skill and confidence as so many children performed at the end of year concert – a wonderful afternoon.

 

Singing our way to support Children in Need

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We teamed up with Twinkl and joined lots of other local schools at the Crucible in Sheffield to attempt a Guinness World record for the longest song. After some silly action warm ups and several false starts ……. the man said YES we’d done it. All the money raised was going to Children in Need and so as you can see we also had a visit from Pudsey!

 

 

Inspirational Women – who is YOUR inspiration?

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The children have learnt about some famous women who’ve been an inspiration to others through their passion, leadership, can do attitude and determination to keep going for a cause they believe is important for society.

Emmeline Pankhurst was a founder member of the women’s Suffragette movement in the early 1900 – as a result of activity and determination women eventually were able to vote.

Rosa Parks stood up for the rights of black women in America in the 1950’s and helped end segregation and inequality.

Corrie Ten-Boom risked her life to hide Jewish children in the second world war,

and more recently Helen Sharman made an epic journey into space – Britain’s first woman into space!

The children also found out about Greta Thunberg who is helping the world focus on the dramatic effects of climate change – this of course linked to our topic on plastic in the ocean in 2018-19

The children reflected on democracy in our recent election and during Parliament week they talked about which countries still do not have a democratic system of Governance. Squirrel Class were thrilled to host a visit from the local Lib Dem Candidate – who answered lots of questions from the children.

Enjoy reading some of the children’s writing – and what it takes to be an inspiration!

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Inspirational women – Emmeline Pankhurst

Our topic culminated in a day of Belly dancing – just proving that anyone can reach their goals and along the way bring fitness and pleasure to lots of people – the children took part with great enthusiasm and it also made us all smile – which is good for mental wellbeing too!

Celebrating together

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We began the year reflecting on our character – using mirrors to find out what others see and looking outwards through windows and onto the world. We considered how we should be looking after the world around us. Finally we thought about opening doors for other people – how can we help our family and friends as well as those that we don’t know but who need our help through fundraising and prayer.

‘I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it’ Revelations 3:8

We celebrated Harvest this year in church with lots of family members

We had been picking our own harvest of plums and apples. The older pupils considered the effects of global warming on harvest

Our theme after half term was compassion – we learnt about the many people who had given their lives to help others during  wars and unrest in countries all over the world. In particular we learnt about countries who work together to help each other in times of difficulty.

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In early November we enjoyed a visit to the church to look at the famous cake – our school can be seen here made of cake – its just to the right of the church. The whole village was made of cake!

 

 

Our annual residential – a fabulous adventure for Squirrel Class

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What a fantastic time Squirrel’s had this year taking part in adventurous activities – at Whitehall near Buxton.

The trip is all about team work and resilience as well as pure fun – usually getting wet and learning that we can do more than we thought. The children explore some new challenges such as canoeing and rock climbing and this year we enjoyed days of sunshine too and a moorland walk. The children learn to tidy their own space, organise and take responsibility for their own belongings and to follow instructions – such as what time to meet and what to wear. You can see we had a fab week!

Off to the woods for first hand discovery

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First it was time for games – even Mr Rignal joined in!

‘We liked playing, What time is it Mr Wolf game!’

 Then the class made clay owls – yes you guessed it, because they were Owl Class! These are on display in school

Despite the rain on another forest day the children were really creative and made sculptures using natural materials.

Hot chocolate is still our favourite part of the afternoon!

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