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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Moral Education | Posted on 02-12-2013

When we arrived in school today, everything looked Christmassy!

There was an advent calendar in the classroom, and a little elf…The Elf on The Shelf!

In each little pocket of the advent calendar is someone’s name and a chocolate surprise. We also had fun opening the advent calendar on the big board. If you click on the link below, you can open it at home too!

http://www.santagames.net/calendar/index.htm

When we came in after lunch, the Elf on the Shelf left us a letter. He suggested a list of elf games to play at gym. We had a snowball fight, played “Steal the Presents” and the good elves had to catch the naughty elves. We were all exhausted by hometime!

 Elf Games in Gym on PhotoPeach

I wonder what the Elf on the Shelf will be up to tomorrow?

Little Angel Gets Her Wings

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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Expressive Arts, Parent Information, Religious and Moral Education | Posted on 04-11-2013

 

Only 5 weeks until our Nativity play, “Little Angel Gets Her Wings” – children excited, staff stressed already!

Today, we joined our friends from Nursery, Primary 2 and Primary 3 for our first rehearsal. We are planning to get together for half an hour twice a week to learn the songs and parts.

If you would like to sing along at home, here is the link to the website we used.  There is a little demonstration for each song which you can enjoy.

http://www.starshine.co.uk/little-angel-gets-her-wings

 

Golden Behaviour

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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Health and Wellbeing, Parent Information, Religious and Moral Education | Posted on 01-09-2013

On Friday morning, we spoke about our classroom rules, known as “The Golden Rules.”

In our classroom, we work very hard to follow these rules at all times. As a reward for this, we have “Golden Time” Fridays. At Golden Time, the children can choose where they want to play and who they want to play with. From time to time, there are also special Golden Time treats – sharing Golden Time with Buddies, playing on the trim trail, making things…..

Everyone starts with their name on the golden sunshine.

However, if someone chooses to break a Golden Rule, there are consequences.

  • The child will be given a verbal warning, explaining which Golden Rule has been broken and what they should do to follow the rule properly.
  • If a rule is broken again the child will be shown a yellow card, which is a more formal warning. Again, an explanation of which rule has been broken will be given.
  • If a rule continues to be broken, a red card will be shown and the child’s name will be moved onto the Grumpy Cloud. The consequence of a red card is losing 5 minutes Golden Time on Friday. In this instance, the child will be asked to watch the 5 minute sand timer and encouraged to think about their choice of behaviour while the rest of the children engage in Golden Time Activities.

All warning cards that have been issued are recorded by me. This is helpful to see patterns of behaviour and possible ways to support children in following the Golden Rules.

For the most part, very few children are given red cards! However, I will let parents know immediately if behaviour becomes a concern – this is not something we want to spend time dealing with at Parents’ Night, 2 months after the event.

I have used this behaviour management system very successfully for the last few years. Please be assured that the children are given as much support and encouragement as possible to help them follow the Golden Rules and reap the rewards at Golden Time – it is essentially a very positive approach. I think there’s something morally right in recognising that children have made the correct choices, and that they receive affirmation for this.

Please take time to read and discuss the Behaviour Agreement that was sent home in schoolbags, then return to school.

If you have any questions about our Golden Rules or Golden Time, please get in touch.

 

Our First Assembly

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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Religious and Moral Education | Posted on 23-08-2013

We had to change shoes very quickly this morning in order to get to Assembly on time! We sang some action songs and listened to Mr Devereux telling us a story about a little girl from India.