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In P4A, we like to make time for some guided mediation where the children get comfortable, relax and listen to a meditation story for 10 minutes. This allows the children a chance focus, relax after activities and limit the entire stimulus that surrounds them in the classroom. Our last topic in the Resilience programme was “Take a Moment” which focused on taking the time to look after our body and mind, to lessen the effects of daily stresses and guided meditation is one strategy we can use.
The children will follow an imaginative story, which encourages them to think about only that. This allows the children some escapism from a usual busy day (which can be overwhelming for some children). The children are then more engaged in lessons afterwards as it helps refresh and calm them before learning.
Most of the children really enjoy this (some are a little embarrassed still) and I have noticed how the atmosphere changes in the classroom afterwards. We become calmer, soft spoken and able to listen well. It has also helped some children to discuss their issues with one another in a peaceful manner where, after they have had time to calm down, they realise that they were acting too emotionally beforehand and are able to approach the issue in a logical way. This makes it a very good activity for after lunchtime or even at the end of the day to ensure the children leave feeling peaceful.
If you are interested in using any of these videos to calm your children at home or help them to sleep then simply type “guided meditation for kids” into YouTube. The channel we have been using is ‘New Horizon’.
Primary 4 have been learning about the human digestive system and how it works. In groups, they completed a practical activity to demonstrate how our food begins and what it ends up like.
The children used a freezer bag to represent the stomach; filled with bread, oatcakes and banana. To it, they added some water (saliva) and cola (stomach acid) then recreated the churning motion of the stomach to turn the food into a pulp. They then transferred this from the bag to the tights (intestines) and squeezed out the water and nutrients that would go into our bodies, leaving behind the waste. Then, they put the waste into a cup with a hole in the bottom and used another cup to apply pressure and help squeeze the waste out (this part made the children feel rather sick).
The children worked really well in their groups of 7 to ensure that everyone participated in the practical activities. However, some children found certain parts difficult to stomach and had to take a moment but they all did well to see through each stage of the activity.
Learning in such an active way has helped the children to retain the information and everyone I questioned was able to explain the process to me rather clearly. I will be testing the children’s knowledge and cooperation skills more when they create an information poster in groups.
P3a’s school of fish are well on their way to their swimming goals. The children are really enjoying their lessons with our two swimming teachers. I have been so impressed at how confident everyone has been in giving things a go.
We have had four weeks of swimming lessons with another two to go before our child will come home with their swimming certificates. Our two groups are gaining skills and confidence in the water. We have lots of star swimmers every week that are awarded for things like hard work and perseverance.
World book day!
To celebrate World Book Day we had a ‘dress up as your favourite character’ day.I’m sure you’ll agree that all of the children who took part made a fantastic effort with their costumes. Great work P3a (or should that be mums and dads!).
Next week we will be having a whole school book week. We will be studying the book ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and doing some work related to this. If you would like to find out more about the story, it is available to listen to on Youtube.
Our first topic of Primary 3 has been a novel study on The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. The class were very enthusiastic about the book and produced lots of fabulous work for our learning wall. This short literacy topic has helped the children ease back into school after summer and has used lots of literacy and expressive arts skills.
They have used predicting skills to help them work out what clever tricks the Enormous Crocodile would do next. The children has been introduced to adjectives and came up with a large word bank to describe the crocodile. They practised retelling parts of the story to create the crocodiles on our learning wall. For our first term Big Writing assessment the chidlren wrote a character description of the Enormous Crocodile using some great adjectives like ‘sneaky’ ‘snappy’ ‘greedy’ and ‘selfish’. They imagined what it would be like to be the crocodile and tried to defend some of his choices. The children constructed all of the jungle palm trees and Roly Poly birds to complete our topic. I think you’ll all agree that the end product looks fantastic.