Citizenship Blog
  • British Values (Mrs Bratley)

    As part of our school British Values work, each class has found out about a role model from the armed services.  Throughout the school, we have explored the following role models: Rick Jolly (Royal Navy Surgeon), William Robinson Clarke (the first black pilot to fly for Britain), Edith Cavell (British Nurse who saved soldiers from both sides), Sir Captain Tom Moore (former British Army Officer) and Jack (currently in the army).  Discussion was had around whether we thought the role models had used any of our school values.  

            

  • Children In Need Day (Mrs Bratley)

    On Friday we took part in Children In Need Day, with children coming into school in their own clothes in exchange for a £1 donation.  Each class filled a Pudsey template with their collected coins.  Throughout the day, we explored how the money raised by Children In Need is used and the impact that this has on children's lives. We also linked our own school values with the work that Children In Need does.

             

  • School Council's 'Great Chrishall Bake Off' (Mrs Bratley)

    Congratulations to our School Council for their first fund raising event which has raised £90 for their chosen charity for this term - Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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    We had lots and lots of wonderful cake entries and it was a difficult decision to pick a winner, however it was Wilf, Ru and Isaac's chocolate church cake that was our favourite.  The family will be presented with 'Nadiya's Bake me a Story' recipe book. Congratulations boys!

          

           

         

                

          

                            

  • Remembrance Assembly (Mrs Bratley)

    This week we came together to for a very special Remembrance Assembly.  Over half term, children were asked to make poppies for a poppy tower that we wanted to create at the church.  Along with those made over the holidays, we held a poppy workshop on Monday at school and then our wonderful parents magically created our poppy tower ...

                    

    After we sang 'Peace Perfect Peace' in our class 'Bubbles', Charlie and Poppy read the following from Micah chapter 4: In days to come the mountain where the temple stands will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills. Many nations will come streaming to it and their people will say, 'Let us go up the Hill to the Lord, to the temple of Israel's God. For he will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen. For the Lord's teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.'

    He will settle disputes among the nations, among the great powers near and far. They will hammer their swords into ploughs and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again. Everyone will live in peace among his own vineyards and fig trees, and no one will make him afraid. The Lord Almighty has promised this.

    Mrs Dyer and Blake read:

    They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

    At the going down of the sun and in the morning.

    We will remember them.

    We will remember them.

    We then listened to the last post ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDS3TxtGaQ0

    .... and during our two minute silence we watched a video of our poppy tower

    Beatrice, our youngest child and Kylie, our eldest child lay our school wreath and the war memorial.

      

    Angus read the Kohima Epitaph ...

    When you go home tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow we gave our today.

    Josh, Izzy and William then read 'Flanders Fields'

     

    Bonnie, Eleni, Ferris and Hamish read a prayer with Mrs Stratton

     

    ... and we remembered those in Chrishall who have died in the service of our country:

     

    Robert Samuel Brand

    George Cranwell

    Harry Easter

    Thomas Enos Green

    Charles Healey

    Eustace Hooper

    Herbert Margham

    Leonard Arthur Rogers

    Time was given at the end of the assembly to have our own time to reflect.  For this, we played 'Make me a channel of your peace' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihhvm6eLWZI

     

  • Harvest Celebrations (Mrs Bratley)

    More than ever, with us all having to deal with the impact that COVID is having on our lives and the changes that we’ve had to put into place at school, it is so important that we do take the time to appreciate and be grateful for everything that we do have in our world.  With this in mind, we therefore decided to theme our harvest celebrations on ‘All Things Beautiful’.  In an assembly I talked to the children about Cecil Frances Alexander, a very famous lady who has written over 400 hymns, including the popular hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’.  After sharing a video with the children about a community from Cecil’s village in Ireland, who came together to create a garden in celebration of her life, we were inspired to create our own gardens and decided to theme then around the famous hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’.  With the help of ‘Golden Wonder’ crisps, I have explored the meaning of ‘wonder’ with the children.  A definition I shared was ‘a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar’.  During our harvest preparations and celebrations, children were encouraged to think about our beautiful world and the things and people that are ‘wonderful’ in our lives and I suggested that it would be great if we could all make a conscious effort to practise having ‘golden wonder’ moments every day!            The beautiful gardens made were shared at our harvest assembly.  Each class had focused their garden on a verse from the hymn and class poems and prayers were written in response to children’s ideas and thoughts that were generated in class discussions throughout their harvest work.  Our pre-school children also sung a lovely autumn song and I know were in awe of seeing the older children in the school on the screen.  The learning journey that the children have been on has been amazing and our assembly was a real culmination of the learning undertaken and showcased how well our children have adapted to performing in a virtual way.  A special thanks to Jon Wayper, who joined us to give a blessing and prayer at the end. 

        

    1. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings. 

     

    2. The purple headed mountains, The river running by, The sunset and the morning, That brightens up the sky.

    3. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one.

    4. The tall trees in the greenwood, The meadows where we play, The rushes by the water, To gather every day.

        

     

  • Our New School Council Recruits (Mrs Bratley)

        

        

    Meet our new School Council for this academic year!  With their enthusiasm and exciting ideas, I am sure they are going to prove to be a great team.  Our first meeting entailed discussing the roles and deciding who was going to take them on.  

    Chair: William

    Vice Chair: Fleur

    Secretary: Izzy

    Treasurer: Libby

    Publicity Officers: Mia, Hattie, Daisy and Hatty

    After discussing rules, we talked about charities that we might want to raise money for.  Guide Dogs UK, Sign2Sing, Teenage UK Cancer, Fair Share Aid and Air Ambulances were the ones that were interested in.  We had a vote and the decision was made to have 3 charities - one a term.  Guide Dogs UK, NHS and Fair Share Aid are the elected charities.

    We will be using this blog to keep a log of what we're up to!

  • Remembrance: Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (Mrs Bratley)

    This year, we decided to theme our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural) work on Remembrance.  At the end of our SMSC themed day, our sharing assembly was used to share our work.  The work has now been beautifully displayed on our communal SMSC display board.