As part of our British values afternoon, the children in Year 6 studied poems from the book ‘ We are Britain’. This inspired us to write our own poems using the school’s British Values.
This week, Year 3 discussed the value of ‘respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’. The children completed an activity called ‘You and I’ activity during which they discussed their similarities and differences. They completed a Venn diagram on whiteboards to show this. The children were paired randomly and then they repeated this process with another random member from the class. Finally, as a class, the children discussed how we all have differences as well as similarities – and everyone deserves to be treated with respect, no matter where they are from.
Today we read the book Willy and Hugh by Anthony Browne. We discussed the characters, thinking about how they were the same and how they were different. We then thought about people in our own classes and completed an activity in pairs thinking about similarities and differences. Some of these can be seen but others we find out by talking to people. Through our activity and discussions we understood that we are all different and we must respect other people choices and opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Today we listened to story story of the Ugly Duckling. We discussed how sad it was when they were unkind. We thought about ways we could be kind and celebrate our differences. This also linked with our Christian Value of Friendship this term.
New term, new Eco Councillors, how do we decide who should do the job?
As there are so many children that would love to represent the Eco Council the children decided that the fairest way would be to have a vote in their year groups for one girl and one boy (keystage 2.)
Everybody had the opportunity to nominate themselves and say why they thought they would be good at the job. In year groups we had a secret vote to choose. The boy and girl with the most votes are now the representives and have held their first meeting this week.
Year Four began learning about our Host Country Peru this week. We used atlases to find it on a map of the world and explored the area of South America.
The start of a new school year and new adventures to explore! Along the way, children and staff at St Michael’s will continue to further their learning and understanding of the 4 British Values and identify and promote these in everyday life. Look out for British Values displays in your classroom and around the school.
This weekend, the Tokyo Olympics began after being delayed for a year due to the pandemic. Tokyo is eight hours ahead of the UK, but don’t worry, you will still be able to catch up on all of the exciting action.
There are many different events taking place right the way through to August 8th. It is a great opportunity for people all over the world to come together to take part in the sports they love doing. There will be some great opportunities for you to see some of our Christian and British Values taking place. It will be wonderful to celebrate achievements, respect others and celebrate diversity as people come together. Which sport is your favourite and who will you be cheering on?
Many of us (children and adults) will be waking up this morning having watched England and Italy play in the final of Euro 2020. Both teams battled it out right through to the end with the match ending in penalties where Italy were crowned the winners.
The England Team got further in a major competition than they had in more than 50 years. They brought together communities, families and friends and most importantly showed us that if you believe in yourselves you can go a long way. Many of the players are only 19 years old and have the rest of their careers ahead of them. We should all be feeling so very proud of our team.
Gareth Southgate, the England Manager led the applause after the match and said: “Tonight is going to be extremely difficult for all of us, of course. You have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life. The players have been an absolute credit. They have given everything they possibly could.”
Recently, in Year 6, we have had to really think about how to be respectful to everyone in our year group during SRE discussions and in design and technology lessons.
In SRE, everyone’s understanding is very different and as people share their thoughts, knowledge and opinions about relationships and safety, it is so important to remember that everyone’s view is valid and we listen and encourage each other to learn more about topics that are new to us.
In design and technology, we have had to work in small teams to create shelters that will hopefully protect an egg from cracking when a boulder is dropped from above! Our individual ideas and creativity have had to come together to make the shelters and respecting people’s differing views has led us to compromise at times. We’ve made some brilliant designs!