Newsletter January – April 2009

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Our project work during the Spring Term was all about health and the importance of eating a balanced diet.

The children enjoyed learning about bones and we were very fortunate to have been able to borrow a skeleton (Henry) from Steep Primary School. We learnt the names of some bones including; skull, spine, ribcage, humerus, radius, ulna, femur, tibia and fibula, looked at some x rays and the children practised putting a life size skeleton puzzle together. The children saw what happens to bones if calcium is removed (they become very bendy) when we soaked chicken bones in vinegar and they learnt which foods are high in this important mineral.

Healthy EatingTo support us in our efforts to encourage and educate the children about healthy eating habits, parents have been providing the children with fruit and seeds to bring to school to share at break time. This has given the children opportunities to try many different foods and contributed to their healthy diets! We talked a lot about which foods are high in vitamins C, A, D, different food groups: proteins, carbohydrates, fat and why they are important to us.

CrystalsWe all enjoyed Justine’s “talk” on alternative treatments for some childhood ailments such as sleeplessness, loneliness and fear. We saw and used some of the huge range of essence sprays containing crystal essences and the essential oils that Justine brought with her. Justine also brought some of the beautiful crystals used in the sprays with her for the children to see and handle.

SnowOne morning Sarah Ross, a dentist visited us. Sarah brought some interesting articles with her for the children to examine including a set of teeth and the special glasses dentists use. She also brought a bag full of food and some drinks that the children sorted into 2 groups; harmful and not harmful to our teeth. The children proved to be very knowledgeable and Tommy impressed everyone when he was able to tell us that children have 20 teeth!

EggTo celebrate world Book Day we all climbed into the Library van that comes to Privett once a fortnight, for a story and to choose some new books. We had our own Red Nose Day Breakfast and cake sale in School and raised over £70.

Next term we are planning some healthy visits to The Market Farm near Kingsley and later in the term to Alice Holt. We also hope to go on a Bluebell walk in Privett. We will continue learning about our “health” and plan to incorporate some circuit training into our weekly schedules.

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