Bournehall Primary School

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News and Views ASSEMBLIES


Each Wednesday, children meet in their 'house' groups -  Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and 

Saturn. Year 6 house captains lead a themed discussion, which maybe about

current global, national, local or school based issues. A circle game opens each

session, after which the theme is introduced and children share views and opinions 

 - giving every child an opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas

every week. A reflection closes the session.  

During  Friday assembly, an overview  of the discussions is shared. Children's views

are taken into consideration as a part of decision making relating to school

development. Where the discussion has been related to this,actions to be taken in

 response to any points raised by  the children are shared and displayed on the 

'News and Views' board  in the school hall.


So far this term, pupils have met in their groups and discussed: 


The children discussed ways of showing respect in and around our school community.

Anti-Bullying Policy

The children reviewed and discussed the Anti Bullying Policy (Children's version). They offered their ideas and opinions on any areas they felt needed developing. 

Action: Feedback suggested to the Senior Leadership Team.  

Let Toys Be Toys campaign

Let Toys Be Toys campaign is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys.  Schools are an important place to tackle gender stereotypes, and toys and marketing are a great way to get children thinking about the issues.  All 'News and Views' groups participated in a planned lesson from 

Action - Feedback given to Senior Leadership team relating to the outcomes of the lesson. 



So far this term, pupils have met in their new groups and discussed:


The children wanted to establish what Fairtrade means to each and every pupil.  They discussed how the school could gather evidence to become a FairAware school. Ideas were offered about how Bournehall could introduce a 'Fairtrade Snack Bar'.

Action: The Rights Respecting steering group are busy ordering stock for the 'Fairtrade Snack Bar'.

Firework Safety

The children talked about keeping themselves, others, pets and other animals safe.


How can we support those less fortunate than ourselves?
Suggestions were provided and it was decided to support the 'Watford Food Bank' by gathering food at the Harvest Assembly.  The children also discussed possible activities to help raise money for new equipment in our school library. 
Action - Possible ideas are being explored further to help raise funds for the school library. 

'who inspires us?'

The children discussed who inspires us and then identified why.  They discussed what qualities these individuals have. 


Oceans Day

The children discussed how Bournehall would celebrate World Oceans Day.  The theme 'Our Oceans, Our Future' and Conservation focus of encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future were explored.

 30 days of wild challenge- Wildlife Trust

The Green Team introduced the challenge and asked how we could all make room for nature in our lives. Suggestions of how to complete this challenge were discussed.  It was proposed that everybody would try to complete Random Acts of Wildness as part of their Home Learning.  

 Other areas discussed:

Resilience – the London Marathon

Hedgehog welfare

Safe playtimes

Responsibilities towards each other

Events in Manchester

Every week we learn a new Makaton sign – You might like to learn with us!


Makaton signing

As part of Bournehall learning different ways of communicating, we introduce a new Makaton sign at the start of each 'News and Views' session.  The Makaton signs learned this term include health, squirrel, dragon, book and spring.

RSPB Birdwatch 2017

Children introduced to the RSPB birdwatch and ideas were discussed as to how Bournehall could get involved.

Action - posters added around school to help with garden bird identification. Home learning task created and Eco board updated.


Earth Hour 2017 WWF

Children discussed how Bournehall could mark this event and tackle Climate Change.


Book Day Celebrations March 2nd

Children discussed who their favourite authors were and why.

If they were to write a book where would it be set ?