British values in action

Learning about Dame Margaret Anstee (1926 – 2016)
On Sunday a plaque dedicated to Dame Margaret Anstee was unveiled at Writtle Parish Council’s office, by Dr Ziaul Islam of the World Health Organisation and the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, John Petre. Dame Margaret was born and schooled in Writtle, going on to become the first female Under Secretary General of the United Nations. We will be taking some of the children to see the plaque and learn more about her remarkable life later on in the term. You can read the UN’s tribute to Dame Margaret Anstee here.

A visit from Sidra Naeem
Sidra Naeem, who is a member of Essex Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), led an assembly about Islam and then visited Years One and Two. Sidra spoke to us about the origins of Islam and showed us some artefacts and clothes. Our children greeted her with the “Good Morning” song which she said was the best welcome she had ever had! We look forward to seeing her again soon.

Shrove Tuesday
We have been finding out about Shrove Tuesday. We know it better by its other name, Pancake Day. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes! Foxes enjoyed making some real ones and some pretend ones out of playdough. Parrot’s class designed their own pancakes and chose some lovely toppings!

Sharks Class learnt about Buddhism. They listened to the story of how Siddhartha Gautama became The Buddha and looked as some of his teachings. They thought about how Buddhists try to live their lives and found out about The Noble Eight-fold Path. The children combined their Mathematics work on Shape and Space and R.E to make octagonal prisms of The Eight-Fold Path, which is as follows:

  1. Right Understanding (Trying to understand the Buddha’s teachings)
  2. Right Attitude (Try to be clear and positive about things while also doing good, for its own sake and not for the reward.)
  3. Right Speech (Thinking about speaking wisely and truthfully and not telling lies.)
  4. Right Action (Trying to do good deeds, not bad ones.)
  5. Right Work (Doing a job that tries not to harm others.)
  6. Right Effort (Putting effort into the things you do, keep trying, perseverance when things are difficult.)
  7. Right Mindfulness (Thinking before you speak or act. Being in the present moment.)
  8. Right Meditation (To try and develop a clear and happy mind.)

Armistice Day
Years 1 & 2 went to the War Memorial on the village green to honour the 2 minute silence for Armistice Day. In Foundation Stage the children took part in the 2 minute silence. We have also watched a lovely video about Remembrance on the CBeebies website. You can watch it here:

Redlands Primary School visit
On Friday 14th October 2016 Dolphins and Sharks had a visit from our pen-pals at Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, Tower Hamlets. It was great to see children from very different backgrounds interacting together. We are very grateful to the children for making the long journey to our school.

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