Introduction to the Pillowcase Project
This year our school was lucky enough to be chosen out of many schools to participate in the Pillowcase Project. The Pillowcase Project is an emergency preparedness education programme happening globally. The project is run in six countries to help children learn about weather emergencies in their local area and how they can prepare and stay safe.
This year the Pillowcase Project is being delivered in over 200 Primary schools and youth groups in the U.K. During the sessions the children learn about weather emergencies that could affect their local area; practise a range of coping skills; take part in role plays and scenario based activities; and create and decorate their own emergency grab bag (pillowcase)
The American Red Cross originally created the Pillowcase Project following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They noticed that children and young people brought their precious items in pillowcases when they were evacuated. Following this the American Red Cross was inspired to create an emergency preparedness education programme for children, which the Walt Disney Company generously funded.
The programme was so successful that other Red Cross National Societies are now running the project, tailoring the programme to weather emergencies that might happen in their countries. In this way the aim is to help children across the world learn about emergencies that may affect them, how to stay safe and some skills to help them cope if an emergency happens in their local community.
Through the Pillowcase Project the aim is to enable children to understand the types of weather emergencies they might face and to empower them to safely respond by practising how to prepare for and cope with an emergency situation. By going on to share what they have learnt with their family and friends children can contribute towards creating a more resilient community.
As part of this project we at St Margaret’s did in class work with the children so that it was age appropriate. Then we all joined together to complete the project.Here are some photos of the children working on their Pillowcases
Today Class 1 had a very special delivery. A man dressed in a very warm woolly coat arrived at reception with a parcel for Class 1 all the way from the South Pole! We carefully unwrapped the parcel as we didn't know what could be inside! There was a letter inside for su to read.... Mrs Dopierala read it to us...as she was reading we guessed that it must be a penguin! It was! It also had a baby penguin with it!
Our job for the weekend is to think of a new name for our penguin visitors!
We have been learning about different festivals and how people celebrate them around the world. We have been talking about Halloween, also known as All Hallows.It is celebrated on the night of the 31st October. In some countries children dress up in costumes and go trick or treating. Some families decorate their houses. Some people have parties and play games. One of the traditions that people follow is making Jack-o-lanterns. We each made a lantern from a pumpkin and designed the face we wanted cut out. Mrs Smith and Mrs Dopierala did the carving for us.
Here are some pictures! The pumpkins did have a funny smell and it was quite slimy scooping them out but we had fun doing it!
We have been reading the story of The Little Red Hen. We have been talking about how important team work is and how we need to work together and help each other. Little Red Hen's friend's didn't help her or work with her but they wanted to eat the delicious bread she baked.
Here are some photos of our class working as a team to bake biscuits! ( We said we would like to try baking biscuits rather than bread!)
We all took turns to help measure and count and follow the steps. We helped each other as the mixture was quite tricky to stir! We made a giant biscuit and then when it was cooked chose a shape each to cut them out.
They tasted yummy!
here are some photos of us working as a team!
Class 1's Topic is "All About Me"...We have been talking about how we care for our teeth. We looked at how we brush them and floss and how long we should brush them for. We also looked at eating healthy foods and not eating too much sugary food.
We took turns brushing the big set of teeth. We got a free toothbrush and toothpaste going home to encourage us to look after our teeth!
As mentioned previously Class 1 's Topic is "All about Me". We have been talking about Growth and Change and how our bodies have changed since we were babies and toddlers. We made grass heads using compost, grass seed and tights! These are some photos as we worked as a team to make them. We know that they need water, soil and sun to grow! We know that we need food and water also to help us grow.
We will put some more photos on as our grass heads grow. We are looking forward to giving them haircuts!
Welcome to our new Reception class. Our topic this term is "All About Me".
We have been having fun getting to know one another since the beginning of September. Here are some photos showing some of the things we have been doing.
We have begun to learn some new sounds. We have been learning to form these new sounds using all sorts of material! We used playdoh, shaving foam, paint and also wrote some sounds in our books. We love singing the songs and doing the actions to match the sounds.
We have been exploring our senses also. We used blindfolds and played some games and realised how important our eyes are. We also used our nose to smell the special scents that we added to our slime! We chose different colours to add to it also.
We have been enjoying dressing up and playing in our role play area as well as singing and dancing and doing our Shake Break!
We are looking forward to exploring more and learning more about ourselves and about each other!