Quick links: Golden Mile Challenge | Perseverance | Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament | Enrichment Morning | Big Sing | Year 3 and 4 Trip to the i360 in Brighton | KS2 Basketball Competition | Year 3/4 Village Hall | Reception’s Visit to East Hoathly Bonfire | Anti-Bullying Week | World War 1 Week | Enrichment Morning | Year 5 and 6 Trip to Weald and Downland Museum | World Mental Health Day | Reception & Their Year 6 Buddies | Patina | St Mary’s | Athlete Visit | Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition | Reception’s Chicks | FPTA Fun Run | Royal Celebrations | Year 6 Football | Reception & Nursery’s Visit from PC Gemma Bridger | Year 3/4 Team Building Trip | Year 5 & 6 Carols | Big Sing | Jolly Jumper Day | Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event | Year 5 & 6 Evacuee Day | Anti-Bullying Week | Remembrance Service | Mexico Day
Golden Mile Challenge
As you know over term 5 we asked you get out and active and record how many miles of exercise you completed. Thank you to all the children who took part in recording their activity and sending in their golden mile record sheets. We have totalled up the miles from the cards we received and have completed a total of 78.4 recorded miles across Term 5.
The year group with the most miles was Year 2, with an impressive 52.7miles!
We would like to give a special mention to Jake in Year 2 who recorded all his journeys to and from school for the entire 5 weeks! What great perseverance!
A big thank you to all that took part, we hope you enjoyed getting out and active, keep up the good work!
This term’s Christian Value is perseverance and through collective worship and RE lessons, we ask the children how they have shown these values throughout the week.
Abigail in Year 4 said “we showed perseverance at the Tennis competition by never giving up and by showing good sportsmanship to the other teams. We shook their hands and said well done.”
Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament
This week, several children from Year 3 and 4 went to the Tennis final, after their win in Term 5. They played very well—despite the rain! They all showed incredible perseverance and great sportsmanship. Well done Year 3 and 4!
Thank you to all of the adults who organised the event and helped support it!
Earlier last week, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was Chinese, cooking, Christmas crafts, hair design, orienteering, acting and recorders.
On Friday 14th December, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.
Freya in Year 3 said “We are having fun styling hair with plaits. I like practising styles on people.”
In Chinese, Emilia in Year 6 showed off her new chopsticks skills that she learnt from Freddy Fry’s Mum. “We learnt how to say hello in Chinese, which is Ni Hao and we have tried some food. I learnt that Chinese symbols were made from people looking at animals.”
Louie in Year 3 said “We have been making beaded candy canes and painting tree decorations. My favourite part was designing Christmas pictures.”
Hector in Year 4 took part in the orienteering. “We used flags to find letters to make a sentence. The best part was trying to find all of the different flags.”
In acting, Darcey in Year 1 said “I have been acting ‘The Night Before Christmas’. We all turned into the sugar plum fairy, which was my favourite part and then we danced.”
Sophia in Year 3 chose to play the recorder with Governor, Juliet Stirrat. “I’ve learnt how to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder and the best bit was practising the notes.”
Matthew in Year 5 took part in the cooking activity. “We had ingredients to make fruity muffins. The mixing part was the best bit because it was messy!”
Thank you to Juliet and Mrs Fry for volunteering their time.
This week, Year 5 and 6 performed the songs they have been practising for the Big Sing.
Miss Purcell said “We had a wonderful time singing at the Big Sing. It was such an amazing experience singing on Glyndebourne stage!”
Miss Brown, Matilda’s Mum, commented “the children looked so smart and sang beautifully. They represented the school so well!”
Well done Year 5 and 6! We are already looking forwards to next year’s performance!
Year 3 and 4 Trip to the i360 in Brighton
On a wet and windy Wednesday morning Year 3 and 4, from East Hoathly, Chiddingly and St Mary’s, set off to visit the i360 and the Brighton Museum. We all greatly enjoyed our ‘flight’ up the tower and the incredible, if slightly grey, views of Brighton city. After spending half an hour in our pod, we were sent back down to earth. The walk to the Museum was slow but cheerful!
At the Museum, we split off into our groups and ate our lunch. We were allowed to explore the Museum in our little groups and there was a lot for us to do. There was dressing up, drawing, magnifying glass and colouring in! Finally, we had a quick photo of all 3 schools outside the Brighton and Museum and jumped back on the coach to go home.
“It was the best trip ever!” – Sophia, Year 3.
“When I went on the i360 I felt really excited because it was really high and I love heights”- Joshua, Year 3.
“It was really fun and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on”- Florence Year 4.
“It was really fun, it had a nice view of the buildings and the sea”- Maxym, Year 4.
KS2 Basketball Competition
On Monday 26th November, Key Stage 2 took part in a basketball skills com-petition.
Each class was split into 4 teams and the teams took part in challenges to win points by passing, shooting and dribbling. The children were fantastic in cheering each other on and being supportive by giving coaching tips.
Some of the activities the children completed were: Basketball Golf - The children had 4 different ‘tees’, to shoot at the hoop and for each basket scored they scored a point.
Ball in the Ring - This is a ‘piggy in the middle’ style game but with a ring of children passing the ball across a circle, whilst the opposing team try and stop them 1 at a time.
Dribbling Relay - Each team had to dribble through a series on cones and sit down when all team mem-bers had completed the challenge.
After completing their own year group challenges, the Sports Crew lead the Year 3/4 Competition alongside Mr Lawrence. It was a great afternoon and we look forward to the children participating in other sporting events like this across the year!
All of the children participating had a brilliant time, it was really great to see how they supported each oth-er, used their growth mindsets to keep going and have a go!
The Year 5/6 and overall winning team with a grand total of 74 Points was ‘The Year 6 Blue Team’ so a big well done to Jack, Archie, Ethan, George, Ruby Jean, Amelia, Charlie and Emilia!
The Year 3/4 winning team with a total of 57 points was ‘The Green Team’. Well done to Florence, Esther, Darcy, Abi, Oscar and Hector!
Year 3/4 Village Hall
To mark the special birthday of Prince Charles, the idea came to organise a coffee, tea and cake morning to raise money for AGE UK and most of all to lift the community spirit. Because of this, I contacted the school to see if they wanted to make an appearance in the Village Hall and do something that would fit in the school programme.
On the morning of the 14th of November, pupils from Year 3 and 4 came to the especially decorated VH to show their works of art: beautiful paintings of Prince Charles. We have hung them on the wall and the pupils had a glass of squash and a tangerine decorated with a flag of different countries. They sang Happy Birthday and three cheers joined with all present.
Later, the Chairman of WDC arrived and he was asked to choose his number one painting. It was not easy because everybody had worked really hard, but he chose Esther’s painting. The paintings were left on the wall so other people could see them.
It made our morning to see a group of enthusiastic pupils and their teachers and their assistants to mark this day.
A big thank you to all of you.
Reception’s Visit to East Hoathly Bonfire
The children in Reception have been learning about different celebrations that involve noisy activities such a fireworks! Last Friday, they went on a walk through the village and visited the Bonfire structure that is built by members of the carnival society. They looked at the shapes and the design of the bonfire and discussed what it meant.
When they got back to school the children used their creative skills to draw their own versions of the bonfire and talked about why it helps the people in the village remember.
A few of the staff attended the Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday and would like to say how impressed they were with the children who were part of the celebration and how mature and respectful members of our school community were during the memorial part of the evening.
This week is Anti Bullying Week. The theme of the week, chosen by the Anti Bullying Alliance is 'Choose Respect'. We began the week with an assembly sharing the Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy and discussing what respect means.
Each class has been learning about respect including sharing what they value and respect about each other, designing posters and learning about being kind to each other.
In this week’s Celebration Assembly, each class shared their learning with Miss Lewis and the rest of the school.
Ruby in Year 6 said “This week, we’ve made Anti-Bullying posters with the ’Choose Respect’ theme on it and we’ve done a competition to decide whose poster is the most eye-catching and has the most information. From Anti-Bullying Week, I learnt that if someone is bullying you, it is most likely to make themselves better.”
World War 1 Week
In school this week, it was World War 1 week. The children across the school took part in different activities, across the curriculum, with Remembrance and World War 1 themes to celebrate and remember the end of the First World War.
Reception made a poppy collage with tissue paper, explored the story “Where Poppies Now Grow’ and drew pictures of soldiers. George said “Poppies are for soldiers who died.”
Year 1 and 2 made a wreath of poppies, learnt about the importance of animals during the First World War and they learnt about trenches. Beatrice in Year 2 said “On Thursday we dressed up, it was fantastic.”
Year 3 and 4 painted the ends of bottles to create poppies, wrote World War 1 poems in Literacy and learnt about what school would have been like one hundred years ago. Maxym in Year 4 said “This week, we painted poppies for World War 1 day because poppies help us remember the soldiers who died in the war.”
Year 5 and 6 wrote stories in Literacy about the Christmas Truce of 1914, made poppies to be stuck onto a wreath for the War Memorial and wrote a prayer for the soldiers. Ruby in Year 6 said “I learnt that during the Christmas Truce of 1914, the soldiers actually put up a Christmas tree and promised not to fight until midnight on Christmas Day.”
Earlier this term, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was sewing, gardening, cooking, cheerleading, art and rugby.
On Friday, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.
Poppy in Year 5 said “Gardening was fun because we got to use tools, like cutters and we got to weed the garden.”
In sewing, Holly Z in Year 4 made a blue monster with three eyes. “I sewed on buttons and felt to make the face.”
Ben in Year 2 said “Rugby was fun, Mr Procter taught me new skills”, Matilda in Year 5 agreed, commenting “I learnt how to pass backwards and to communicate with my team to find space.”
Maxym in Year 4 took part in the cooking activity. “We made healthy, fruity muffins. I had fun grating the carrots.”
Abbie in Year 4 said “Today, cheerleading was fun. I had a good time with my friends and I am glad they convinced me to take part.”
In Art, Ruby in Year 6 had a go at ‘blind drawing’. “It basically means you need to focus on the object you are drawing and not look at the paper. I really enjoyed it.”
The children all had a fantastic day. Thank you to all of the adults who shared their skills and interests. It was such a successful day and the staff are already looking forward to organising the next Enrichment morning.
Year 5 and 6 Trip to Weald and Downland Museum
On Tuesday 16th October, the Year 5 and 6 classes in the Federation went on a trip to Weald and Downland Museum as a part of their Victorians topic.
The children of Chiddingly, St Mary’s and East Hoathly schools dressed up like Victorians and took part in a range of activities, including Victorian style cooking, Victorian style schooling and performing Victorian style chores.
The children enjoyed their day and seeing their peers from across the Federation. The weather held out and they were able to enjoy a social lunch on a field together.
Thank you to the parent helpers for their support and thank you to Miss Banks, at St Mary’s, who organised such a lovely trip! What a way to end such a busy term!
World Mental Health Day
On Wednesday, the school participated in activities while reflecting on mental health and what it means to take care of yourself.
One of the most notable points that the KS2 children came up with was that “if you feel like you can’t cope, tell someone you trust.” What great advice!
KS1 had an afternoon talking about positivity and what we can do to make ourselves feel better. They all chose a word to describe themselves, some of their favourites were friendly, caring, kind and unique.
Reception & Their Year 6 Buddies
It has been an absolute pleasure this week watching Year 6 guide their Reception buddies in and around the school.
The Reception children have settled into school life really well and the Year 6 buddies have gone above and beyond in looking after them.
George in Reception said “I like playing with my buddy, Archie.”
After two weeks of planning, building, painting, sticking and drying, Year 5 and 6 finally went to the Patina Parade with their costumes.
The theme this year was Superheroes and we had an array of different characters including; Thor, Starlord and Supergirl.
The children had a fantastic time over the two weeks, creating their costumes and attending the Parade with a giant Iron Man that they had constructed!
George in Year 5 said “I chose to make Thor because he is one of my favourite superheroes. The Parade Day was very exciting, I liked seeing everyone else’s projects, there was a school that had Harry Potter as a theme and they made a giant car! My favourite part of making my structure was adding colour to it – it was very messy!”
Thank you to the FPTA and parent helpers for the time they gave to help the Year 5 and 6 children build their structures.
On Tuesday 3rd of July, East Hoathly travelled to St Mary’s Hartfield, by coach, to see their Year 5 and 6 class perform their dress rehearsal.
The St Mary’s children presented a brilliant rendition of ‘Wind in the Willows’, complete with beautifully designed scenery, cracking costumes and face paint, stunning solos and even a tap-dancing scene!
A lot of work went into their production and it really showed! We all cheered for the children and the adults who helped.
Lola said “I liked the Rat and the Mole in Wind of the Willows.”
After we watched the production, the children went into the playground and enjoyed a picnic lunch, before the children at St Mary’s came out to play. It was really great seeing the children from the two schools playing and interacting with each other. Since a few children from East Hoathly visited St Mary’s to teach them about 4-Square, it was wonderful to see the St Mary’s children show off the skills they had been practising.
We left St Mary’s in good spirits and look forward to seeing our friends at St Mary’s again! Thank you to all of the parents that helped on the trip!
On Thursday 28th of June, Aidan Sayers – a GB 100M sprinter – taught us some fast paced sprinting techniques. He talked about the importance of not giving up and always trying your best in all areas of life, not just sport! His journey to achieve his goals was one filled with lots of injury and set backs. He talked about his confidence and growth mindset, which allowed him to keep going and achieve his dream of being a professional athlete. The children loved talking to him so much, he had to be rescued at lunchtime!
Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition
On Wednesday the 6th June, 8 children from Year 3 and 4 went over to Gildridge Park for the Area Finals of the Road to Eastbourne Tennis Competition. They competed in many different tennis activities in the first part of the afternoon against other schools scoring points for East Hoathly.
As the afternoon progressed, some children were chosen to play small sided games against different children from other schools. After all of the games had been played, the points were added up together and the winners revealed.
This is such an amazing achievement for the school as they manged to finish second! All the children were brilliant, had great sportsmanship and were a huge credit to the school. We are so proud of what they have managed to achieve in the last two competitions! Hopefully next year they can go one step further! Congratulations and well done for representing East Hoathly in such a brilliant manner!
Over the past three weeks Reception have been eagerly watching the incubator filled with eggs. They have been carefully filling up the water and checking on the humidity, which helps the shells become soft.
On Tuesday morning, we arrived at school to discover the eggs were hatching! With great excitement, we watched over the next few days as 22 eggs hatched into chicks. The children have loved watching the life cycle and having the chicks in the classroom for lots of cuddles. All of the staff and children across the school have been regularly visiting them.
Max says “I loved having the chicks, I love stroking and holding them, the best thing about having them it watching them.”
Thank you to Poppy Ray’s Mum, who kindly supplied every-thing needed for this exciting project!
FPTA Fun Run
On Sunday the 27th May, East Hoathly FPTA organised a family fun run. There were two routes around the village and pavilion fields of 5k and 1k. Lots of children and adults took part from the school and local community. All of the runners took part in a warm up lead by ‘Osteopathy for All’ and then set off on the route which, included going through fields, over sties and along paths. A staff team from East Hoathly and Chiddingly took part and really enjoyed running alongside the children. It was a fantastic morning with a real community atmosphere and we are hoping to run the event again next year!
A special well done goes to Toby Cherry who was the 1st child to complete the 5K route and came 4th overall.
We would like to thank Anna from the FPTA for introducing this new event and for all her hard work in organising it. The event managed to raise an impressive £635.23! The FPTA and school staff would like to say a big thank you to all that took part and to the children who gave up their time to help with the setting and clearing up after the event.
Last Friday, the Pioneer Federation held a special Celebration Day for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children and staff swapped their uniforms for red, blue and white and enjoyed learning about the Royal Family and what happens at weddings. The children also enjoyed an array of different activities, inspired by the big day.
Reception made Royal crowns and designed wedding cakes. They also looked at different photos of weddings and talked about their experiences.
Year 1 and 2 spent their day learning about the Royal Family, making flags and making beautiful cards for Prince Harry and Meghan—which have been posted out to them!
Year 3 and 4 made family trees, played traditional British games, like skipping and made up rhymes for the Royal Wedding. They also attended a wedding of our very own!
Year 5 and 6 spent their afternoon designing flags, but in the morning, they re-enacted the Royal Wedding, with Isabella and Sid performing the starring roles! The wedding was beautiful and we even had the very talented Aidan Woodward-Brenchley playing his violin as Isabella walked down the aisle!
At lunchtime, the playground was transformed into a royal celebration banquet with a very long table! We enjoyed sharing a lunch together in the sunshine!
Thank you to our cooks, who provided the baguettes for the lunch we shared and thank you to Dee Gibbons for coming in and helping us set up for our lunchtime celebration!
Year 6 Football
On Tuesday 22nd May, ten Year 6 children were invited to play in the Alfriston Primary School Football Tournament. The children arrived at Downs Leisure Centre, ready and raring to go! They all had a turn on the pitch, playing against different schools for a place in the final.
Leo said “Football was really great and everybody was so friendly. It was such a good day and I think we played really well. We used communication and teamwork to do the best we could do.”
The team was made up of; Coen, Tyler, Harvey, James, Leo, Oscar, Hannah, Sid, Aidan and Joseph.
Overall, the team came third out of sixteen teams! Well done East Hoathly!
Reception & Nursery’s Visit from PC Gemma Bridger
On Wednesday, PC Gemma visited Reception and Nursery to talk about her role as a police officer and what she does to help people, as part of their topic ‘I have the power’.
She talked to the children all about the different vehicles they use and showed them pictures of the 3 different types of police dogs.
The children had all thought of different questions to ask PC Gemma and asked these with lots of confidence.
Darcey was keen to find out about the police handcuffs and if they hurt, she got to try them on and said “They are really cold”.
The children also all got to try on some of the different hats that police officers wear.
Thank you PC Gemma for coming to visit Nursery and Reception!
Year 3/4 Team Building Trip
Year 3/4 ventured off to Walton Firs Activity Centre on Tuesday, for an action-packed day of adventure! They participated in different activities alongside children from Chiddingly School, such as searching for pictures hidden amongst the trees and buildings during Photo Orienteering and climbing, swinging, splashing and squelching their way through obstacles and plenty of mud on the Adventure Course. The children also completed a Nightline, where small groups used cooperation and listening skills to negotiate a complicated collection of tyres, cargo nets and elasticated rope webs, all whilst blindfolded!
Activities also included Caving, where children explored a myriad of dark and leaf-strewn tunnels and caves, and finally Crate Stack, which required balancing atop and climbing a tower of crates whilst teammates stacked each step from below!
So much fun was had, and everyone a great day. Mrs Pattenden and Miss Moore were extremely proud of the class and very grateful to our lovely parent helpers!
Thank you also to the weather for keeping the rain away from the activity centre – it was muddy enough as it was!
Year 5 & 6 Carols
On Monday the 11th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to Lydfords Care Home to sing carols to the residents.
They spent a long time practising their carols and sang beautifully.
Lydfords enjoyed listening to Year 5 and 6 so much that they asked for them to come back at later points during the year!
What a fantastic class of singers you are!
Thank you Year 5 and 6 for showing a brilliant sense of community!
Well done to Miss Purcell and Miss Moore for their hard work with the carolling!
On Friday the 8th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to the King’s Centre in Eastbourne to take part in the Big Sing.
They sang songs such as “Christi Bayou” and “Midnight”. The children had great fun and they did the school proud!
Well done Year 5 and 6!
Jolly Jumper Day
On Friday, East Hoathly celebrated the first day of December by wearing festive jumpers!
Children donated prizes for the upcoming Christmas Fair and in return, the school was dazzled by sequins, snowflakes, tinsel and flashing lights.
We’re feeling very festive at East Hoathly and we hope you enjoy the jumpers below as much as we did!
Thank you for all of your donations!
Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event
Well done to all of the children who performed at the Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 1st December. The children’s enthusiasm and energy was clear and the staff were so proud of the children’s performance. It was great to see children from both Pioneer schools coming together and looking after each other at the rehearsals earlier in the week and this year we had more children taking part than ever before! Thank you, as well, to the staff, friends and families who came to support the children – I think we had the loudest crowd on the night!
Year 5 & 6 Evacuee Day
On Tuesday 21st November, Year 5 and 6 went back in time to World War 2 and arrived as Evacuees at East Hoathly Primary School!
They created their own identity labels and wrote a postcard home to share their experiences. The classroom windows were taped up in case of a bombing raid and when the air raid sounded in the classroom, the children hid underneath the tables! Other members of staff came along to choose Evacuees to help them out and do various jobs for them in the day!
The children made an eggless sponge (due to rationing, eggs were in short supply). They all tried it and the end of the day and most children thought it was extremely tasty! The children also did a special mission to work out which ships could have been used for the evacuation of Dunkirk. They also made their gas mask boxes – a compulsory item for children in WW2.
It was a great day for the children and thank you to the parents for providing all the brilliant costumes!
What is happening within the schools for Anti-bullying week?
This week was Anti-Bullying week, with a focus on difference and equality. This week’s national focus has stemmed from a rise in negativity towards difference around the world.
The focus in school has been on celebrating children all being unique, helping children feel valued within their schools, understanding that it is okay to be different and that being different is not a reason to be bullied.
What is bullying?
A lot of children use the term bullying because they don’t understand what is happening.
Falling out with friends and friendships is a normal part of growing up, it can often happen due to a minor incident, and it is about dealing with this appropriately.
When children are older, this can often be put onto social media.
What is bullying? – 4 KEY WORDS – REPETITIVE, HURTFUL, INTENTIONAL, POWER
Definition – “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group where the relationship involves an imbalance of power’. This definition should be thought about when deciding if an issue is bullying or if it is a friendship issue and it can then be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
In school, we have had various activities for all year groups across the week looking at anti-bullying and the importance of our key statement, ‘Lend a hand, make a stand, say NO to bullying’. Each class have created posters and the winners were announced in the Anti-Bullying assembly on Thursday 16th November.
Bullying online and online safety
There is a vast difference between parental and child knowledge, awareness and worries when it comes to online safety.
Parents worry about appropriate content, stranger interaction and grooming, whereas children worry about cyber bullying and violet or sexual content.
Children also know how to use more features of apps and sites than parents do. It is important to inform children that anything they post or share online and virtually will be there forever and could impact their future lives, examples of this are happening in the media at the moment.
An important message – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone face to face.
What can you do as parents?
All apps and online sites have guidance on the appropriate ages for use, it is important to discuss these with your children and the possibilities or incidences that may occur when using them. It is also important to discuss what is appropriate use and what is not.
Guidance for ages:
|13 years old||Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter|
|16 years old|
|17 years old||Tinder, Vine|
|18 years old||YouTube, Kik, Flicker, Keek|
It is also important that, as parents, you monitor the amount of time spent online and what the children are going on.
As parents, there are ways that you can filter content when online and when your children are using games and streaming sites . This can be done through your browser setting, parental controls. You can also contact your internet or broadband provider directly and they can put filters in place using the connection line.
Interesting and thought provoking statistics
- 15% of parents will build an online presence of a child before they are even born, e.g. sharing scan pictures, baby gender reveals, photos of growing bumps.
- By the time a child is 5 there is an average of 1000 pictures of them shared online by parents and family members.
- In a lifetime there is upwards of 25,000 photos of a person online.
- 1 in 5 young people believe everything they read online.
Below is a list of apps to be aware of, some of these apps open up the risk of cyber bullying and lowering self-esteem of our children.
This is a music app that allows children to record videos of themselves singing and upload them. This opens up public commenting.
This app encourages users to create a poll or vote. This can lead to lowering self-esteem, rude or offensive comments, and is public.
This has been called ‘tinder for teens’ it is a friendship app that you swipe left and right on. This can impact on wellbeing, self- esteem and open up a forum to talk with strangers.
Parent Support Apps
There are parent support apps which can be used to monitor your child’s activity online and on phones, however it is important to think about the impact these may have on the trust between you and your child.
- MM Guardian
- Funamo Parent Control
- APP Lock
Student Voice – Anti Bullying Week
In Reception, we talked about what bullying is and how it can make us feel. We also talked about what it means to be good friends and to be nice to each other to make us feel happy and safe in school. We made posters to show it’s okay to be different. Malakai in Reception said “I like painting my hands. We are different.”
In Year 1 and 2, we made a friendship wreath out of our handprints, we made individual bricks for a wall to show that we are all equal but different. We saw the effects of bullying on Bruce the Koala’s heart, it showed us that bullying makes us feel sad, so we said nice things to make him feel better. Delai Ryan in Year 2 said “I liked the colouring hand activity because we got to write lovely things about other people.”
In Year 3 and 4, we learnt about the four different types of bullying; verbal, physical, cyber and emotional. We learnt that we are all important and that we are individuals and that it is okay to be different and unique. We made mirrors to reflect our differences and individuality and to celebrate and encourage others to be individuals too. Lotte Rattray in Year 3 said “My favourite activity was making the mirror because I enjoyed sharing my hobbies with others.”
In Year 5 and 6, we had a workshop with John Khan who was from the Anti-Bullying team in East Sussex, where we learnt about the different types of bullying. We found out that being different is good and we celebrated our individuality through our artwork. We learnt about empathy and online safety. Teddy Wren in Year 5 said “I enjoyed learning about empathy because it is a way of showing how we are all different and see things differently.”
This week, the children in East Hoathly school created a poppy to make into a wreath for the Remembrance Service on Friday the 10th of November. The school paid their respects and remembered the brave soldiers that fought in the World Wars with songs, poems and prayers.
Thank you to the parents and carers that came along to the service!
On Monday the 6th of November, the children at East Hoathly were split into their Key Stages and then divided into groups so they could all partake in different activities about Mexico.
They explored the celebration of the ‘Day of the Dead’, which Tom Fox in Year 5 says, “It means that the people of Mexico celebrate the memories of dead family members by having parties and bright colours”. The children also made art, learnt some Spanish, learnt about the country of Mexico and made some salsa and guacamole! Jessica Ruff in Year 2 enjoyed making salsa, “I enjoyed making and trying salsa because I’d never tried it before. It was very exciting!”
Everyone had a brilliant day and enjoyed sharing their learning with parents at the end!