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Academic year 2020/2021...


For the first term back (after a long time apart), it was paramount that we ensured all children have a happy return to school and have the opportunity to share their experiences of lockdown and talk through any worries or concerns they may have. With this in mind, Busy Bees provision has had to change, in that, Miss Townley will be working within the Y1/Y2 'bubble', whilst Miss Polyak will be working within the Y3/Y4 'bubble'. This is to ensure all of the children receive nurture in a safe way.


The Y1/2 children have participated in activities that centred around team-work, friendship and working together. The children have engaged in group discussions and tasks where they reflected upon working together and their personal qualities that contribute to them being a good friend and a team player.


The Y3/4 children have shared the book Because by Mo Willems and focussed on the themes of change, inspiration, dedication, team-work, and resilience. The children have enjoyed participating in group discussions and self-reflection and have completed activities that reinforce self-awareness and personal development. 




For Autumn Term 2 the Y1 & 2 children focussed upon developing their self-confidence by engaging in PSHE activities and group work. Their work centred around the story Sully the Seahorse by Natalie Pritchard where the children followed the journey of Sully the seahorse and analysed how his confidence grew as he experienced different events.




The Y3/4 children shared the book The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and focussed upon friendship, resilience, achievement and emotional regulation. The children completed activities that aimed to develop their self-confidence and resilience, by engaging them in group discussions and self-reflections to identify any areas they want to develop.




For Spring 1 the Y3/Y4 children's learning was focussed around developing self-confidence and resilience skills. The children analysed and discussed the themes within the book Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin and completed activities and reflections that included identifying examples of self-confidence and resilience within the story, as the girl Tameika overcomes self-doubt and peer pressure to fulfil her dream of playing a princess on stage. The children then used this to guide them into considering their own confidence and resilience abilities.





For Y1/Y2 children in Spring 1 the children’s learning was focused around emotions. The children analysed and discussed the different emotions within the book In My Heart by Jo Witek. The children completed activities and self-reflected on their emotions.


The Yr1, 2 and 3 children have shared the book Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller in Spring 2. This story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference - or at least help a friend. The children have discussed the themes within the book and completed activities and reflections that aimed to develop their self-confidence.





See you soon Busy Bees

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A little video from Miss Townley and I.

Please click on the attachments below to access activities and links to online learning and don't forget to check Purple Mash for other Busy Bee Activities.


We wish you well and hope to see you soon. heart