Introducing ‘Longthorpe Legends’ – a celebration of some of the fantastic work being handed in online from children learning at home. Please see the Newsletters Page for our first issue.
Before school closes for half term, we wanted to share some messages with you from all the staff at Longthorpe School:
This year, across the country all libraries are offering a free reading challenge for your child to take part in. It is a great and fun way to keep your child’s reading progress over the longer holiday. The theme this year is Mischief Makers and follows the characters from the classic Beano comic.
From Monday 11th – Friday 15th June 2018, Longthorpe School took part in the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week. As part of their learning about a healthy diet, the children were set a different challenge for each day:
- Monday: Have breakfast – have a healthy breakfast!
- Tuesday: Have 5 a day – eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables!
- Wednesday: Drink plenty – have at least 6-8 drinks!
- Thursday: Get active – move more, sit less!
- Friday: Make a change – set a goal to make a positive lifestyle change that lasts!
The children had the opportunity to try a number of different healthy foods throughout the week, such as sugar free cereals, fruits and vegetables, and fruit infused water.
As part of Thursday’s challenge, the children took part in a ‘Get Active’ hour, where they could choose to take part in any activity offered, with options such as parachute games, bean bag rounders, ‘go noodle’, yoga, gardening and many more! The children took part in an activity for 20 minutes, then when the bell rang they could try something different.
Overall, the week was a huge success, with children reporting back their findings regarding the traffic light system on food packaging, and some children have been seen to be snacking on fruits and vegetables they previously had not tried or did not like!
Did you know that 1 in 5 people cannot sew a button on? Longthorpe is taking part in the Great British Button Challenge to bring more sewing into our classrooms and have received our Hobbycraft Teachers Pack to support our children in learning to sew.
We already have some budding stitches so are hoping to win one of the fantastic prizes on offer!
To help us with our mission – do you have any old buttons? If so, please do send them in to school in an envelope – all will be put to good use.
Would you like to help teach your child to sew? If so, the pack contains instructions on how to sew on a button and can be downloaded from the Hobbycraft website.
This term, every class will be discussing the NSPCC’s “PANTS” rules in our PSHE lessons.
During these discussions we will aim to teach our pupils important safety skills (listed below) without giving explicit information or telling scary stories. We will be teaching our pupils how to stay safe by learning the PANTS rules, which the NSPCC have developed to be like a Green Cross Code for staying safe from sexual abuse. PANTS stands for:
- Privates are private.
- Always remember your body belongs to you.
- No means no.
- Talk about secrets that upset you.
- Speak up, someone can help.
The lessons will introduce a range of safety ideas, all delivered in a way that’s fully age-appropriate, empowering pupils without using any frightening words.
- good and bad touching
- your child’s right to say no to things that make them feel upset or uncomfortable
- naming parts of the body
- who your child can turn to if they ever feel upset or worried.
If you would like to know more about the NSPCC’s campaign and learn how you can help keep your children safe in partnership with us at Longthorpe Primary School, more information about talking PANTS, including a short film and a parent guide can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/pants.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Theakstone.
On 12th and 16th March, Reception and Years 2-6 visited the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham. Teachers were extremely proud of all the children who were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their fun packed day, fully immersing themselves into all the activities on offer.
What the children learnt and saw in their own words …
“On Friday 16th March 2018, my class and I visited the past, present and future of science at Think Tank. We visited the marvellous museum because it was Science Week. On Friday morning, we had to wake up at 6.30am because it takes a long time to go to Birmingham. We all set off on different coaches and it took 2 whole hours to arrive at Think Tank. We wanted to learn scientific information and make some new discoveries.” By Nimra
“First we entered the colossal building to put our bags and coats away. Then we walked up the stairs to see the human body exhibit. The first object I saw was a brain! A full sized grown up brain! I learnt that a grown up brain is the size of a melon!!!” By Saira
“Then we moved to a disease section where we learnt about cancer and DNA, which was fun. I saw a fossilised crocodile. Then we moved to an engine section where I learnt how a steam train works.” By Evelyn
“After completing the health side we moved over to the creature exhibit where we could see a dinosaur fossil and there was ammonite. There was also a massive deer fossil that could be as big as a dinosaur fossil or bigger. My favourite exhibit was the health exhibit because you can write down how everything works. If you were studying to become a nurse, vet or doctor you would get almost A+ every time.” By Kian
“I learnt to never to go over 5 hours of exercise a day because it can make you seriously ill. Did you know baby hares (Leverets) are about 0.4cm?” By Declan
“I saw that all the games were based on modern and future science discoveries. My favourite bit was the science garden. I also loved the animal area.” By Harry