D-Day

In upper school assembly this week we learnt about D-Day because it was the 80th anniversary on June 6th. We also learnt about the important role women played during World War 2 whilst the soldiers were fighting, including nursing and radio communications.

As the years pass, there are less people in our lives that have memories of the war. But we discussed the connections we might have to older generations who came before us. Some of us share a middle name or even a first name with grandparents and great grandparents who were alive during WW2. Our parents and grandparents can pass stories down to us that we can then pass on ourselves. It makes us feel connected to history as well as family.

What to do when we worry

We had a visit from our friends at Kids Inspire for our Tuesday assemblies this week. Our visitors got us thinking about positive strategies to help us manage our worries. We ALL worry about something sometimes.

When we do, we can…

  • Exercise, listen to music or get creative
  • Spend time with friends, families and pets
  • Talk to trusted adults about what’s on our mind

What do you find helpful when you are worrying about something?

Paris 2024

We were getting excited about the 2024 Paris Olympics in assemblies this week.

Did you know…Olympics officials have unveiled the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded at this summer’s Olympic games in Paris, and each one contains a unique souvenir: a fragment of scrap iron from the Eiffel Tower!

The Paris 2024 mascots have been revealed! They are based on the red caps worn during the French Revolution and represent freedom. These cute characters hope to encourage people to be inspired by the Olympics and get active themselves!

We watched a video about Paralympian athlete, Beth Munro. She met some children to inspire them to try different sports. Beth competed in netball and javelin before winning her silver Taekwondo medal. We discussed which sports we are excited to watch during the Olympics and which ones we love to take part in, or would like to try.

Earth Day 2024

April 22nd was the 70th annual Earth Day so in assemblies this week we thought about what we can do to look after our world…

For example…

  • Educate ourselves about environmental issues and discuss with family and friends
  • Try our best not to waste water, food, electricity, paper etc.
  • Reuse, recycle and pick up litter….

What will you do?

Share your memories

In our upper school assembly today we learnt about the UK’s Covid-19 inquiry, which is trying to help us in the future by learning from the past. But the inquiry won’t just involve talking to politicians and doctors about the decisions made during the pandemic. Many children and young people, from aged 9, will be asked about their experiences back then.

So, in assembly children from Years 4 to 6 shared some of their memories from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 when the school closed. It was a very difficult time for a lot of people and we talked about the challenges people faced. But we also reflected on some of the positive things that came from that time. We thought back to the things we missed most and realised we’d taken for granted.

What do you remember from that time?

Vaisakhi

In our lower school assembly today we learnt about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi which took place at the weekend. We spotted similarities and differences between this religious celebration and the other special days we have learnt about in recent assemblies.

Easter

Having learnt about Eid and Holi in recent weeks, we discussed the Christian festival of Easter in our lower school assembly this week.

We shared the Easter story and then watched a video about what one family does to celebrate spring and new life at Easter.

We discussed our favourite things about this time of year. What do you love about spring arriving?

Holi

In this week’s lower school assembly we learnt about the Hindu festival of Holi which will be celebrated at the end of March this year.

The videos we watched helped us discuss which parts of the fesitval that we would enjoy.

It wasn’t just the paint throwing! Children liked the look of the food, the music and the dancing.

We talked about how we can be curious about and inspired by other people’s faith, families and traditions.

For example, our parent association’s Colour Run event is inspired by Holi! This year’s event is on May 24th!

Reach for the Sky

In our Tuesday assemblies this week we learnt about an inspirational young hero, Sky Brown.

We watched two videos about Olympic medal winning skateboarder Sky Brown and her aspiration to compete in surfing at this year’s Paris Olympics, as well as skateboarding!

Video 1

Video 2

Sky became Team GB’s youngest ever Olympic medalist at Tokyo 2020. She takes pride in inspiring girls and young people to pursue their passions, try new things and strive to achieve their dreams.

Sky wasn’t able to qualify for surfing at Paris 2024 in the end but she said she is still proud of herself and will focus on achieving that goal in the 2028 Olympics instead. She says the challenges she goes through just motivate her more and make her successes feel even more special when they do come. So she is a great model of resilience as well as passion and resilience!

What do you think we can learn from Sky Brown?