Our Year 5 class have been impressed us with their creativity and innovative ideas this week by taking part in the Young Money Challenge which is a national competition open to all 4-19 year olds in the UK. The Challenge is an annual programme that encourages children and young people to consider the connection between money management and wider issues affecting local and global communities. This year’s theme is money management and health and wellbeing! The children explored how healthy choices can impact their bodies, minds and finances. The children worked in teams to create something that helps people to take care of their money and their health and wellbeing.
Maple Class have written this report on the event:
In Year 5 we had a day to remember. We competed in the Young Money Challenge which we called Dragons’ Den. The challenge was to create something to help people take care of their money and their health and well-being. We worked in teams and used our creativity and growth mind sets to be patient, to listen to others, and to work to achieve our creations. Maple Class put in a lot of hard work and never gave up. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed working in our teams. At the end we presented our creations to each other. We are all very proud.
You might have been surprised by what you saw in our garden this week…children reading to plants! Owl Class ( Year 1) have been enjoying good books with some unusual listeners! To encourage reading and wellbeing, the children read their favourite stories aloud to the flowers and plants in our nature garden. It was such an enjoyable and peaceful afternoon, they think they will come back again.
Garden School is an important part of every child’s education at Sulivan. Every class two Garden School lessons each week. This is a vital part of our enriched curriculum and is supported by our gardener. Teachers plan a range of stimulating learning experiences, wellbeing activities and “Just Be” time for children to enjoy and benefit from the natural world.
We had a wonderful time raising money for Comic Relief. The school was full of superheroes, all doing their part to help others. We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite superheroes, taking part in a school quiz and giggle-a-thon.
There are all sorts of superheroes and our children reminded us of some of them:
This week Fox Class have been enjoying and learning the poem by Edward Lear, The Owl and The Pussycat. They have made puppets of the characters, recited the poem in role and memorised a verse (or more) to perform to their class on Class Dojo. They have discussed the language and narrative of the poem in the live lessons with Miss Ritchie and have really enjoyed some of the nonsense words!
Zoom! Robin Class have had a wonderful week in space. As part of their live remote lessons they have read Whatever Next by Jill Murphy with Miss Perez. They were so excited about flying to space, they wrote their own lists for what to take on a space picnic! Their remote learning has also included lots of work on shapes and they have even made space sandwiches by cutting their sandwiches into different shapes for rockets and planets.
Once upon a time there were some teachers who worked at a wonderful place called Sulivan. It was a place full of hope, joy and happiness.
Usually, every Christmas everyone at Sulivan came together to sing and perform. It was always magical. One Christmas the teachers decided to find a special way to celebrate so they plotted and planned a way to bring Christmas cheer to the Sulivan family. “It’s panto time!” they cried.
“Pantomimes are a traditional way to bring singing and acting to life at Christmas” remembered one teacher. “They make people laugh and feel very jolly” chuckled another teacher.
From that day onwards, the teachers and children worked tirelessly to practise and practise so that their panto was ready to surprise their families. They learnt a new version of a traditional tale and worked as a team to make sure it was ready for Christmas time.
” I just know this will make my family smile” thought one child. “It has been such fun to work together to make something so special” remarked another child.
Finally the day came. The school would send the pantos to the families. They hoped it would be the greatest gift of all.
All the children and the teachers crossed their fingers tightly and wished and hoped (and hoped and wished) that their hard work would spread happiness and laughter to everyone they loved.
Eagerly, they waited to hear if indeed their pantomimes were a success. What would they think? Will it bring the joy they had hoped for?
This week we planned a very special Daffodil Day that helped us to think about our wellbeing focus- Hope. Every child and adult in the school has planted a daffodil bulb in the hope that we will see a beautiful display of golden flowers in the Spring. We are looking forward to watching them grow in our garden. Zoe, our specialist garden and wildlife teacher, helped us and taught us about daffodil. We are feeling very hopeful!