Remembrance – November 2018
As part of their Remembrance Topic this term, the children learnt about World War I and explored, very deeply, the feelings of those involved and surrounded by war.
Following on from their learning, on Friday 9th November, our pupils presented a special Remembrance Assembly for the Parwich community, to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. For the assembly, they prepared their own poems, artwork and World War I songs to share with their audience. The Last Post and two minutes silence took place, as part of the assembly, and we were very proud of the respect the children showed throughout.
All of our pupils enjoyed commemorating the centenary and starting the weekend proceedings of community events within the village. Thank you to all who came to watch the children; they felt very proud to share their work with you.
‘Caveman Day’ Trip – Tuesday 23 October 2018
Inspired by their topic ‘The Stone Age’, the children experienced a fun day of Stone Age activities. They spent the morning at Tanglewood in Tissington, participating in a pre-historic adventure: shelter building, archery and fire making. In the afternoon, they made their own fossils and created their own version of cave paintings. Fun was had by all and the costumes were fabulous.
Dementia Friends Activity Session – Monday 8th October 2018
On Monday 8th October, we had a visit from a Dementia Volunteer, who kindly delivered an interactive activity session for all of our pupils. The aim of the Dementia session was that the children would become more Dementia aware, but more importantly, they would think more carefully about how they treat their elders.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and asked some very valuable questions. We are now a ‘Dementia Friendly’ School and have thought carefully about the ways we can support those with Dementia within our community.
Online Safety Play & Workshop – Thursday 4th October 2018
After the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership managed to secure funding for the Saltmine Theatre Company to visit schools to present the production ‘Escape’ and deliver interactive workshops, Parwich Primary School booked them immediately.
The company communicated topical messages, allowing all of our pupils to explore issues; they encouraged them to make wise and positive life choices, with regards to e-safety. They covered topics ranging from cyber bullying to the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet. The forest in the play represented the internet. During the play, the main character broke rules, ventured off into the forest and ended up meeting a stranger.
There were three key cyber safety messages:
Never leave the ‘forest path’, or go anywhere with anyone you meet in the ‘forest’;
Never give out your last name, address or telephone number;
If you feel worried or scared, call for an adult that you trust.
During the workshop, our Junior Class children sorted computer games into safe and not safe to play for their age range. Also, they were told about how to use the report buttons and how important it is to tell someone if they see or read anything that makes them feel uneasy or not quite right. The pupils were also reminded that they should always be aware that it is hard to tell when people are telling the truth; people may not be telling the truth behind the computer screen.
Roald Dahl Activity Day – Tuesday 11th September 2018
We had a fun Roald Dahl Day in school inspired by many of his great books, the children created their own lava lamps, dream catchers, creamy patterns, bubble snakes and rocky roads. George (from George’s Marvellous Medicine), the BFG and Willy Wonka himself would have been very impressed.