Stay safe, it's summer
It's almost summer, although some children would like to stay outside and have fun there are many that may want to be browsing the internet. So this would be a good time to talk to your children or your child about staying safe online. There are many dangers online when playing games and using social media platforms so it would be advisable to make sure your children are staying safe. Even something as simple as taking a selfie and posting it online can be dangerous therefore make sure you are aware of your surroundings before taking a photo nearby where you live. Any clues to your location, such as landmarks or signs, can inform someone of your whereabouts.
This is the time of year where many children can get upset about what people may say or do online e.g. posting a negative comment about you or sharing an image or video without consent. E-saftey is becoming more and more important each day. Some children are unhappy online and yet don’t tell anybody or even report them because they are afraid - but we must educate children that they need to tell somebody or report it otherwise it will never stop. Many schools will have an e-saftey ambassador so if your child encounters a a problem online then they can go to them and they will know what to do and who they have to speak with to help them. Take this opportunity to talk with your children and see who they are playing with and what they are doing online. So stay safe online this summer.
Molly & Lacey
Become an expert online
Does your child love their computer and yet you have no idea what app they are using? Well, the summer holidays are close and you could take this opportunity to ask them what application they are using: they might respond with YouTube, TikTok, Instagram or Musical.ly. They may be connected to their friends online but you still need to make sure that your child and you remain safe online. Please click this link as these tips could help by updating you on how life online has changed for your children. Become an expert so that your children stay safe online.
Connor and Joules
On Monday, some Year 6 children competed in an Athletics tournament. The children had to compete in a 75m sprint, a vortex throw, a 600m run and a long jump to get the highest score. IVJS where competing against two teams from Butlers Court, Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross and one team from St Mary’s. IVJS ended up fourth out of the 8 teams which is a huge achievement!
Well done to all students and especially to Isabella and Nicole who picked up the Teamwork and Honesty awards respectively.
On Thursday this week, IVJS celebrated the third national Clean Air Day!
Our wonderful Eco Council presented an assembly to educate and inform us all of the importance of having clean air to breath and how we can all help by walking/cycling/scooting to school or even just by switching off our engines on the school drop off and pick up.
Later that day, 22 eco-friendly pupils took part in a project organised by our friends at Heathrow to create a dramatic and thought provoking artwork of a pair of lungs to make sure we always keep in mind why we are working so hard to clean up our atmosphere.
As part of their Science topic, Year 6 have been recording their lung capacity for a scientific investigation into the possible correlation between height and lung capacity. They also wrote pledges as to how they could play their part!
We are proud to announce that our Year 6 Reading Gladiators have been crowned the 'Overall Winner' in the latest mini-challenge about the book 'The Odyssey'.
Reading Gladiators were very impressed with the thought and creativity expressed in our entry.
The group of children were excited to win a set of books autographed by the authors.
This morning we were very lucky to have Schools Food Showdown join us at IVJS.
With the school split in two (year 4 & 5 and year 3 & 6) we got to take part in an exciting cooking competition and learn about how to make a healthy balanced meal at the same time.
The teams cooked either a sweet and sour chicken dish or a vegan lentil curry in just 15 minutes before they were tasted by the audience and judged. Year 4 & 5 decided that the Green Peas' curry was the winner, while year 3 & 6 picked the Red Chilli's Sweet and Sour Chicken.
The children will be bringing home recipe cards so why not try them yourselves!
Rights Respecting Schools – Article 12
This month the article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is Article 12.
‘Your right to say what you think in all matters affecting you, and to have
your views taken seriously.’
This right gives all children the opportunity to express how they feel and these views are taken seriously by the adults around them.
At Iver Village Junior School we take everyone’s views really seriously and always try to listen to anything which is important to you. We love hearing about what your views are! If you have any new ideas then please talk to your class council representative.
By listening to each other we can create a place where everyone feels involved and valued.
Your right to say what you think in all matters affecting you and to have your views taken seriously.
· Do you feel your views are listened to at school?
· Do you feel your views are listened to at home?
· At school every class has a school council representative. Who is your class representative?
On Thursday, children in Year 6 spent the day focusing on DT as part of this half term's DT topic: Global Food. During the day they took part in activities which allowed them to discuss and find out about ingredients from different parts of the world; learn about what makes a healthy and balanced diet and the nutritional values of food; and learning about rice as a staple food, including how to cook rice. There was even an opportunity for some maths to take place when the children did an activity linked to portion sizes, plus reading and understanding labels giving nutritional values on foods. As well as these activities, the children all had the opportunity to learn and apply a range of cooking skills and techniques as they made three Mexican dishes: Salsa, Guacamole and Quesadillas which they were then able to eat and evaluate at the end of the day. Later on this term we hope to focus on a different country as part of the topic.
On Thursday, our Year 3 classes set off for the lovely Collings Hanger Farm in Prestwood.
They spent the day learning about farming and why it is important to keep the animals well treated. Year 3 got to meet some very cute pigs, saw some fantastic cows and met the friendliest sheep anyone had ever met, Timmy! We are all convinced Timmy thought he was a puppy instead of a sheep himself!
The children also got to learn out the types of crops the farm grow and took a walking tour through the herb garden via the grape vines!
The children also got to learn about how wheat is milled into flour (and just how hard it is to turn a manual mill!) which led them to a fantastic use for all that flour, Pizza!
Year 3 got to push out their own dough, topping their pizzas of with their own toppings which made a great addition to their lunches, especially after running up all those hills all morning…
The day finished up with the children making bookmarks using the flowers they found in the fields, we had some very beautiful creations!
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