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 national and international news items are discussed.  A theme is then

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.

AUTUMN TERM 2018

As part of Bournehall learning different ways of communicating, we introduce a new Makaton sign at the start of each 'News and Views' session.  So far this term, pupils have met in their groups and discussed and reviewed a range of issues including:

Are we a throwaway society? 

Can remembering the past help us make the future better?

 

SUMMER TERM 2018

 Throughout the summer term pupils met in their groups and discussed and reviewed a range of issues including: 

The Royal Wedding

St Georges Day

Ramadan

Playground Charter

Newsbites

SPRING TERM 2018

Throughout the spring term pupils met in their groups and discussed and reviewed a range of issues including: 

  Hinduism - Festival of Holi

 Famous People – Roger Bannister & LS Lowry

 Sports Relief - possible fundraising activities that Year 6 are considering planning.

Respect -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 fromhttp://lettoysbetoys.org.uk/schools/. 

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

 

AUTUMN TERM 2017:

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

Fairtrade 

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.

Charities

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.