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Valley Road Academy

Spring 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week we have been talking about different feelings and what makes us feel that way. Sahiem said “I feel happy when I come to school.” Manatpreet said “I feel sad when I am poorly.” Jayden said “I feel angry when I can’t get to sleep and I am just awake.”

We made some calm jars to use when we are feeling anxious, sad, upset or scared. We added some glitter and sequins and we worked together to help each other pour the water and add the food colouring. When we had finished making them we gave them a big shake and watched the glitter swirl around inside. Reggie said “I’m going to watch the glitter go slowly down to the bottom.”

Healthy Living

To have a healthy lifestyle we need to do many different things. We have been talking about all of the different things we do to keep ourselves healthy including brushing our teeth, getting plenty of exercise and sleep and eating a healthy, balanced diet. In our role play café we have been independently making some healthy snacks, we even ate some different foods that we have never tried before! We made a selection of sandwiches, pasta and salads and we used the utensils sensibly and safely. Our favourite food was the tuna pasta!

National Storytelling Week

For National Storytelling Week we brought our favourite stories in from home, we also visited the library and shared our favourite stories with our friends. It was lovely to listen to some unfamiliar stories that we have never heard before and to talk about stories we liked and disliked. Some of us also had a go at writing a short caption or sentence about our favourite story and with support we used finger spaces, a capital letter and a full stop in our sentence.

Chinese New Year

We have been taking food orders and cooking Chinese food in the Chinese restaurant role play area. We talked about the different kinds of food that are from China. Lailah said "people from China eat noodles. Is China far away?" Anaiyah said "can we make some real Chinese food it’s my favourite?" We wrote out our food order, cooked the food and then sat at the table to 'eat' it.

Following on from that we had a go at cooking some Chinese food. We cooked noodles, vegetable spring rolls and prawn toast and we tasted some prawn crackers. We enjoyed the prawn crackers the most, but it was good to try new foods we hadn’t tasted before too! Scarlette said “the noodles are cooked now because they have gone soft.” It was lovely to share our ideas about what we thought the food tasted like with our friends.

The Snow Queen

This week we have been reading The Snow Queen story. After we had read the story we acted out our favourite parts of the story in the small world area, using language from the story. Belle said “Oh, come here to my castle.” Marnie said “No! Snow Queen I’m not coming!” We also sequenced pictures from the story and used our phonics skills to write a caption/ short sentence to match each picture. Most of us agreed that the happy ending was the best part of the story!