This year in PSHE we have started a new scheme, which the whole school is doing, called Jigsaw. Each class has a jigsaw piece and they are all different colours. Some classes have jigsaw pieces which are shaped like animals.
There are various different exercises we do in the Jigsaw lessons. One is where we have to think about a special place. The teacher uses a chime and we have to calm our minds and think about our place until the sound of the chime ends. The teacher puts pictures of examples up on the wall, eg a river or a garden or a car, but we can just think of our own special place as long as it’s peaceful. We have our eyes shut, our feet flat on the floor and our hands on our tummies to help us relax.
Another exercise was a worry spiral where we had to write down our worries, eg moving onto secondary school, SATs, leaving our friends. We’ve also had to write down our targets and dreams on some bunting-type flags.
One exercise, which was fun, was a cross between bingo and noughts and crosses. We had some questions in 3 lines with 3 questions in each line. We had to answer them and then we had to find out from others in the class what answers they had and see if we could match them and try and get a line. There were all sorts of questions, eg favourite food, worst school uniform colour, worst TV show, which sport we would like to win a medal in.
Jigsaw lessons usually takes place after lunch on a Friday afternoon, which is a good time because we have been rushing around in the lunch break and we are also tired from a week’s hard work. The activities are fun and enjoyable, particularly as there are no wrong answers, unlike in maths!
When we were in Year 2, we were a bit nervous about moving into Year 3. We were a bit worried because we thought the teachers would be really strict and the lessons really hard and we would have to do lots of different things.
But we really like our teachers – they are a bit stricter, but not really very strict and the lessons are harder, but not too hard, although we do 20 minutes more each day which is a bit more tiring. We do have to work faster now. Before we would get little breaks when we were working to stretch our arms, but now we get less time to relax during lessons.
Most of the subjects are the same although we do more science. There is one extra lesson that we have which is mindfulness colouring, which is supposed to settle us down after a break. We have different coloured exercise books but they are the same inside. In Year 2 we mostly used pencils and crayons but now we use gel pens much more. We still use pencils in our exercise books, but our teacher told us that when our writing is neat enough we will be given a pen licence so that we can use a Uniball pen. We should get this before we move into Year 4.
Our lunch times are shorter. In Year 2 we had playtime, then lunch, then a bit more playtime. But now we go straight into lunch from the lessons, which is better as we don’t get so hungry. The lunch hall is a bit different as we now have to collect our knives and forks when we collect our lunch whereas in Key Stage 1 the tables were all laid out for us. Also we sit in a different place which is nearer the kitchen.
In Key Stage 1 we had fruit and lunch provided for us. But now we have to bring in our own fruit and our parents have to pay for our lunch unless we bring in a packed lunch.
We enjoy being in Key Stage 2 as we feel much older and we are really looking forward to taking part in the junior production which is much bigger than the KS1 production. Also it is in the evening, so we will get to stay up a bit later which is really great!
We have some wonderful memories of our time in St Paul’s. We remember HYMB where we did many activities such as swimming and boating. A really fun activity was caving. It involved us in teamwork as we had to help each other through difficult obstacles and then we had to find our own way out which was quite complicated and involved us in group discussion, negotiation and decision-making. We stayed at the Youth Hostel overnight where we had great food and a disco.
Another wonderful memory was the junior production where we performed ‘Scrooge’. It was great fun and our parents really enjoyed the show as well.
The highlight of our time at St Paul’s is the school journey. We feel we have gained a lot of confidence as we stayed away from home for nearly a week. We got to know the other Year 6 class really well and have made some good friends. One of our favourite outings was to Monkeyworld. When we got back we enjoyed the 3-D model-making which gave us a chance to work together again.
We have many activities now as we approach the end of term. We have a leavers service at St Paul’s Church where we sing many songs and give thanks for our time at school. We will be singing ‘Sing’ which is the song that we sang when we were in Reception. Another song is ‘I turn to you’ which is a song to our parents. Both these songs are emotional and we may well cry.
There will be a leavers assembly where some pupils will receive awards. We will also be having a picnic followed by a disco in the school hall which we are looking forward to.
Our very last time at school will be spent in the quadrangle where we will be saying our final good-byes, signing each others’ shirts and thanking all the staff for providing a happy and safe school community for us. This will be a really sad time for us and it will be very emotional. But we are looking forward to our secondary schools and meeting new people. The next chapter in our lives will not be the same as St Paul’s but it will be exciting and we will still remain in touch with our friends.
Good-bye St Paul’s and thank you for this amazing journey we have been on with you.
Every year the Friends of St Paul’s School organise a fete to raise money for the school. This year the money raised will go towards buying a class set of laptops. Our parents spend a lot of time organising the fete and they have many meetings after we’ve gone to bed. The FOSPS chair is Mrs Mansfield and the Fete chair is Mrs Ryder and lots of parents are involved in running the stalls, setting up and putting everything away again.
The fete is great fun. There’s lots of stalls and activities. There’s pony rides and football games and a very popular activity is the bungee trampoline where we can do back flips. The tea cup ride is back this year which we are thrilled about.
The dads run a barbecue and so lots of people have hamburgers and hot dogs for their lunch. There’s also lots of other refreshment stalls.
There’s a Lego Challenge where we are given a bowl of Lego and we have to make a model in 60 seconds. At the end of the day the best model wins a prize of a set of Lego. Another competition that we have is Bake Off where we bring in cakes that we have made – delicious.
Every year there is a pageant where each year group performs a dance. This year the theme is ‘Life is better when you dance’. Our year is doing a street dance. Every child wears a costume and our year are wearing jeans and a flannel shirt.
We love the fete and we are really grateful to our parents for all the work they do for it.
Yesterday, we had a lady from the Red Cross come and give us a lesson on first aid.
First of all we saw a video of a man on a train who had fainted and we were asked how we would react to the situation – how much would we have been able to do and how much would we have wanted to do.
Then we were given cards with different situations, including bleeding from an accident, an allergy or asthma attack, a head injury and choking and asked what we thought we should do in these situations. We were then shown a video on what we should do.
Then we were taught how to do CPR on a person who had stopped breathing. We all had a go at doing chest compressions on Resusci Annie to the song ‘Staying Alive’.
Our first aid lesson taught us lots and through active learning we feel we have confidence to help in some situations in the future should people fall ill.
Every year on a Sunday in May we go with our parents to a service at St Paul’s Church where we give thanks to God for our school.
There were two short readings/prayers from each year group this year on various subjects, including climate change. Father Daniel gave a sermon on hope and Mr Russell and Mrs Lawrence gave two readings.
The choir sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and we also sang the school hymn. We all said prayers together including the school prayer.
We enjoyed our Annual Service because everybody took part by praying/singing hymns to God.
We visited the Museum yesterday (Tuesday) and we went on the coach up to London. First of all we went into some gardens near St Thomas’s Hospital where there is a statue of Mary Seacole who was also a nurse in the Crimea, and we sketched her. Then we went for a little walk and we had lunch in a picnic area and looked over the river at the Houses of Parliament.
When we had finished lunch, we went into the Museum and met a lady who was dressed up as Florence Nightingale. We went into a room and we shut our eyes, stamped our feet, waved our hands and when we opened our eyes we had time-travelled to Florence Nightingale’s house. There was a hologram which made us feel as if we were actually in the room.
Florence’s parents and sister came in and Florence told them that she wanted to be a nurse. They were furious and it was really funny – her father threw his newspaper into the fire and her mother threw a cup across the room.
We were then divided into four groups and went into different rooms doing different activities. One group was packing a bag for the Crimean war and smelling spices. Another group learnt about Florence’s pet owl, called Athena, and her friends, including Sydney Herbert.
Another group learnt about Florence’s tortoise and facts about the hospital in the Crimea. She used to the check over the patients at night holding a big lamp and so that is why she is called the Lady with the lamp.
The final group were looking at pictures showing things from hospitals in the old days and hospitals today. People had to sleep on the floor sometimes in the old days and there were rats running around. Sometimes they had to wait for two weeks for a bandage.
In the rooms that we visited there were pictures to look at and headphones to put on so we could listen to things. When we were leaving a soldier and Florence came to say goodbye.
The trip was really exciting, amazing, interesting, fascinating and was fun. We really enjoyed it.