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Empathy is often neatly summed up as ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’. Click here to read more.
I have been informed that a parent within our school community recently raced into Morrisons carpark, leapt out of their car and preceded to the school gate, having knowingly heard and ignored a local resident politely point out that their car was now blocked in. I am in disbelief that the parent continued into school and did not pause to move their car!
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In a world where emoji’s are beginning to replace words and expressions — conveying a message to someone has taken on a new meaning. Public settings have become a little less chatty and it’s not uncommon to find rows of people in the bent-neck, plugged-in posture.
A lack of human-to-human communication, eye-contact and minimal speech are fast becoming the norm.
As a child who grew up in the 70s, my playtime consisted of board games, toys, friends, parents and a lot of human-to-human interaction. Today’s children are mostly consumed with playing on tablets or smartphones, not communicating with each other.
In answer to the question recently asked in class ‘has anyone ever done yoga?’ a child actually answered ‘yes, on my ipad’.
Verbal communication provided by human-to-human or parent-to-child interaction is critical for learning and language development. As electronic devices begin to take on the role of pacifiers, it’s important for parents to become more aware of their child’s communication health.
Time is a commodity that we all take for granted, opportunities can sometimes pass us by. Click here to find out why I'm cross with myself for not acting in a timely manner.
Having previously written about the importance of valuing the ‘whole child’ my mind shifts to how do we grow and nurture the citizens of the future? Let’s face it, it’s in our best interests as adults to get it right and prepare our children for life in modern Britain and supporting us through our retirement!
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I have found a new personal interest – mindfulness.
It’s not all about testing! My perspective on the importance of educating the whole child.
The positive power of social media
At Haydonleigh School we work hard to promote British Values and help children develop a sense of identity within a diverse population. As part of this work a team of year 5 children recently took part in a debating competition. Click here to find out more.
At Haydonleigh we have high expectations of good behaviour both inside and outside the classroom. Recent visitors to our school, including a school improvement advisor from Wiltshire note the positive learning culture. Please click above to read more.
Welcome back to our wonderful school! The builders have moved on to their next project, leaving us with just a few final touches to be completed soon. The beds at the front of school will be rotivated and seeded as soon as the weather looks like it will support the growth of the new grass. We are so pleased with the building and looking forward to the year ahead.
The SLT have been FISHING! The FISH philosophy is a powerful tool that enables you to love the work you do. We have taken and developed many of the ideas encompassed in the book to work with both staff and children. Please click above to find out more.
As part of our journey from a two form entry school to three, we have been looking at our values and vision. All staff attended a ‘Vision Day’ back in October and were joined by Governors, PTA and volunteers who help in our school. Please click above to find out more.
'Being Brilliant is for anyone who has a passion to make the most of what they've been given.
The underlying message is blindingly simple: Why settle for anything less than being yourself, brilliantly?' Andy Cope