World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.

In class we discussed what mental health is and how it differs from physical health. We watched this video to help us understand what it is and the importance of talking about it:

Here are some tips about how you can talk about mental health at home:

In class we are ensuring that the children are provided with a safe, calm environment where they feel that they can talk to a friendly, familiar face about their feelings if they need to.

Black History Month Competition

As part of our Black History Month celebrations you have been set a challenge by Chelsea Football Club to create a poem/rap/song, which you are happy to perform.

Your poem must not be longer than 5 verses and must include some of the following words: Building Bridges, Chelsea, equality, diversity, respect and celebration. Please write your poem on the competition entry form that can be found in your home learning books.

The deadline for this is Thursday 17th October as this is the last day Coach Anthony will be in school before the closing date.

Finalists can win Nike and Chelsea merchandise and the overall winner can win an exciting prize for their whole class!

Here is an example poem made by famous Chelsea football club faces:

Good Luck! We can’t wait to hear your poems!

Whole School Poetry Challenge

On Thursday 3rd October it is National Poetry Day!

In assembly this week, Mr Pittard challenged us to learn one of his favourite poems, ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll.

This poem is full of weird and wonderful words. Can you learn it for National Poetry Day and perform it back to Mr Pittard or any other adult at Clapham Manor?

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.


Good luck!

Settling into Year 2!

What a busy few weeks we have had settling into Year 2!

We started Year 2 by reading our whole school book called ‘Julian is a Mermaid’ which is about a boy who has a dream of being a mermaid. What would you like to be if you could be anything?

We have also started looking into our new SMSC value of the term which is COURAGE. What does courage mean? When have you been courageous?

Relaxation and Regulation (R&R) time is now a key part of our day. We do activities such as mindfulness, colouring, yoga and singing to make sure that we are feeling relaxed and ready to learn. Which R&R activity has been your favourite? Do you have any suggestions of another activity that can help us to be mindful? You could have a go at some of these at home:

We have been doing five finger breathing to help us feel calm before learning.
Here is an example yoga exercise that you could try at home.

Leave your comments and thoughts below!