This week in Nursery we focused on teamwork and sharing! We discussed about ways of being kind to each other and enjoyed playing throwing and catch with our friends in the garden. Before throwing the ball, the child had to share their feelings about coming to Nursery and meeting their friends, for example "When I come to Nursery I share with my friends!" or "When I come to Nursery, I feel happy because I play with my friends!"
Year 1 have been learning all about human and physical features in Geography this week to help us answer our big question, 'What is the difference between London and Rio?'. We learnt that human features are made by people and physical features are natural and sorted features into London and Rio and human and physical. We noticed that Rio has more physical features than London and began to think about whether we would rather live in a place with more human or physical features. We talked about some of the physical features of our local area and how we can protect them.
On the 11th March Chesterton School Council were invited to Battersea Park by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard C Field to a tree planting ceremony in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth's II's Platinum Jubilee.
This week the eco council (with the help of Henry) put a banner up outside the KS2 playground reminding everyone not to idle in their cars when waiting to pick up their children.
This is all part of an idling action event the Eco Council, Year's 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in at the end of March to help improve the equality of air where we live.
This week it has been Children’s Mental Health week! We have promoted this in school through class yoga sessions, delivered by the wonderful Becks, ensuring that children recognise the importance of exploring different tools we can use to be calm and reflect. Year 3 have also been focussing on the importance of sustainability for our environment and how this affects humans in a positive way. We have explored lots of different areas we can be sustainable, including designing and creating sustainable bird feeders!
In 5F this week we role played a court room scene in our history lesson on Victorian crime and punishment. Children learnt about the different roles in a court room and how we can effectively use our voice to have our opinions heard during a debate.
This month is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Garden Watch. As part of this the Eco Council has been on a walk around the school to see what different bird habitats there are for bird at the school.
In geography this week, Year 6 have been looking at cities around the world. When discussing the features of a city, we reflected on how some cities are more sustainable than others. We looked at carbon emission, population and pollution across a number of cities across the world and compared them to one another.
The Eco Councillors have been introducing themselves and sharing their Eco Action Plan in assembly, they include:
1. Waste - To make sure everyone knows what each bin is used for – paper, food, waste
2. Marine - To reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles we have in school.
3. Biodiversity - To record the types of wildlife we have in and around our school
To do this we need the whole school to get involved, so we will be ordering some new recycle bins so that all classes have one for waste and one recycling, designing posters for the playground bins so we all know what each one is for. We will also be selling Chesterton branded water bottles (for only £1) and taking part in the RSPB bird watch in January next year.
This week in Year 1 we have been exploring the book 'Dinosaurs and All that rubbish' by Michael Foreman as part of our whole-class reading. We have been thinking about our planet and why it is important to us. The children enjoyed examining the role they play in looking after our planet and were supported to realise that they can make a difference through the choices they make every day. After reading the book, the children used freeze frames to represent key moments in the story. You can see them blasting off into space, picking up rubbish and being in awe of planet Earth.
As part of Anti-Bullying Week pupils at Chesterton took part in odd socks day to raise awareness of the week.
We have a weekly forest school club for children in year 6. This week we have focussed on bonfire night where the children have been discussing fire safety and the importance of fire. All the children lit their own fire torches and learnt two techniques of lighting a fire (pyramid and waffle). Forest school encourages children to be independent, enjoy nature and take measured risks.
Today the School Council have been very busy bees packing up and moving all of the food that was donated for our Harvest Festival.
Today we celebrated the generosity of our community in our Harvest Festival assembly. We enjoyed singing, poetry readings from some of our House Captains, and sharing how we can support those in need through social action. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make a difference to wider community! UNCRC Article #24
This week, year 4 have been learning about how they can use their voices to prevent others from going hungry. Year 4 know that all children have the right to the best possible health, which includes access to nutritious food (UNCRC Article #24). They were inspired by Marcus Rashford’s #WriteNow initiative and wrote some amazing letters to the local MP, Marsha de Cordova, using formal language.
The Chesterton School Council met this week to discuss the posters entered in our British Values design competition, showing how we embody these values here at Chesterton. The council selected the winning posters from KS1 & KS2 and celebrated them in our whole school assembly and have been displayed in classrooms and around our school environment. Congratulations to all of the winners!
This year’s election is a record breaking with 70% of the children from year 6 applying to become a House Captain. The candidates have been busy preparing and thinking of new ideas to make the school a better place. This week, all the applicants presented their speech, which were of a very high standard indeed, in the aim of persuading voters to become their representative.
Whatever happens in the results, we are all proud of you and your ambition, dedication and ability to overcome your fears and present your speech in front of the whole school.
Good luck to you all and a huge well done!
We would like to introduce ourselves as the new Chesterton School Council. At our first meeting on Tuesday, we got off to a very busy start! We were looking at the British Values posters that all classes have been making recently, it was very tough decision, but we decided the winners for KS1&2 and we will be announcing the winners in assembly on Monday. Then we will be putting them up around the school, so keep your eyes peeled.
During assembly on Monday, we will also be introducing ourselves properly and telling everyone why we wanted to be on the school council and what we have planned for the upcoming year.
Year 5 have been looking at inclusivity in our PSHCE lesson this week. We linked this to SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities as we identified that, if some people cannot access all parts of society, then society cannot be considered equal.
We focused on London and which elements of our city are inclusive, for example ramps to access public transport. We also considered the negative consequences of a city that is not inclusive and what improvements could be made towards SDG10.
Meet the new Eco Council who meet for their first meeting this week. The meeting carried out an environmental review. Our first task will be to draft an action plan to show how to make our school an even greener place to enjoy and learning in.
This week classes exercised their democratic right and voted for their school council and Eco council representatives. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School we know that we have the right to share our opinions and have our voice heard (UNCRC Article #12). Stay tuned to find out who will be our new school representatives!
At Chesterton we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British Values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme as well as within all subject areas. There are five British Values we actively reinforce at Chesterton, these are:
To help support these, this week we have launched a poster a competition across the school. All children will be designing a poster in class which could be used to promote a different
British Value in their Key Stage. Look out for the winners in the newsletter in the next couple of weeks!
In Year 5 we have been having some thoughtful discussions around our new RE topic of 'Justice and Fairness'. We have reflected on what constitutes justice and how fairness has some similarities and some differences. We referred back to our previous learning on the story of Malala Yousafzai and her struggle for all girls in the Swat Valley to access education. We decided which UNCRC articles would help us achieve equal access to education for both boys and girls across the globe and what steps we could take to help support reducing inequalities. In our PSCHE lesson this week we discussed the Black Lives Matter movement. We linked this back to SDG 10 "Reduced inequalities" and how we can help combat prejudice and racism in our daily lives.
Year 6 have kicked off their topic on World Peace and this week have taken part in many in depth conversations surrounding race and diversity. The children have reflected on the diverse community that makes up not only Chesterton and our wider community in Battersea but also in London.
The children used SDG goal 10- Reduce inequalities along with UNCRC #2 as a starting point when reflecting what it means to treat everyone equally regardless of race.
Here are a few comments that came from our discussions:
“No one should ever be treated unfairly due to the colour of their skin or their religion. We all are a part of this world and part of one race – the human race”.
“I think SDG 10 is extremely important because racism is still going on today and we all need to work together to stop it.”
Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-25th May 2020
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business. So, for Mental Health Awareness Week we will focus on the theme of kindness.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.
During the week, we would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Here are some ideas:
Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
Help with a household chore at home
Spend time playing with your pet
Donate to a foodbank
What will you do to help promote kindness?