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Kindness workshop with 52 lives

By Mental Health lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Today all pupils in year 1-6 took part in a brilliant virtual workshop on kindness with the wonderful charity '52 lives'. 

 

We had an online Kindness Workshop from the charity 52 Lives (www.52-lives.org) and their School of Kindness! We learned that kindness has three qualities – being friendly, generous and considerate.  We learnt about the science of kindness and the positive impact it has on our physical and mental health. Next, we practised empathy by watching videos of kindness in action and then said kind things to each other in the classroom.  To put our kindness into action, we thought of someone we knew who could do with a little kindness. We then made them something in our classrooms and plan to give it to them this week.  Finally, we looked at the quote ‘be the change that you want to see in the world’ and decided that we can help to create the kind of world we want to live in. 

 

The School of Kindness has a Kids’ Club which is free to join where you will get a free newsletter with kind challenges, stories, activities, jokes, competitions and videos to watch.  Just visit www.schoolofkindness.org/kids-club to sign up.   

'The abilities in me' books

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 19 September 2023

It was great to see so many of you at our SEN coffee session last week, we hope it was useful and look forward to seeing you at our next one. It will be happening on Friday 20th October and we have a representative from Angels. Angels is an experience-led charity, based in Hertfordshire, which provides individualised, professional expertise and advice supporting autistic children and their families. It will be a fantastic opportunity to get advice and ask those burning questions!

At the session, we looked at the excellent set of books written by local author, Gemma Keir. As promised, here is the link to look at the range of books she has produced and the Abilities in Me foundation she has created.

Happy reading!

https://theabilitiesinme.com/

Join us for a coffee and a chat!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic summer and that you are managing to get a bit of a rest now the children have returned to school!

We have our first coffee session of the year taking place on Friday 15th Sept straight after drop off in the Family Room on the lower site. This is for parents and home adults of children with SEN or who feel their child may be on an SEN pathway and it is open for all year groups across the school. It would be great for you to come along, share advice, get advice and find out about what we have to offer this year.  

Looking forward to seeing you next Friday and until then, enjoy the sun!

Summer events from the Family Centres

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 17 July 2023

Stevenage Family Centres are running some events throughout the summer to hep alleviate the boredom. They include 'a bear hunt,' 'picnic' and 'an at the beach session.' To make this even more appealing - they are FREE! Clickon the link to find out more. Hope you enjoy them!

https://mailchi.mp/0496325db916/stevsummerhols2023

Final coffee session of the year!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 17 July 2023

As we approach the end of the year and head towards the summer holidays, your thoughts may be full of questions about how you are going to fill your days and survive! Come along to our final coffee session of the year tomorrow and find out all about the many FREE activities happening across the town throughout the 6 weeks break.

Tuesday 18th July, 2pm-3pm, Lower site hall

Kindness at Fairlands

By Mrs Toll, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 10 July 2023

A big thank you to all of the families and pupils who returned their 'Kindness' home learning. 

It was so interesting and heart warming to read all of the thoughtful and considerate responses! 

There were so many fabulous entries that need to be seen by others so they will soon be on display on the upper site. 

 

Well done to our winners of the Kindness poem/chant competition....

Aylin and Adrianna! 

We will be hearing your songs in school this week and they will remind us how we should be treating others! 

 

Please open the link to read their brilliant pieces and some of the thoughts that others had about what Kindness means to them. 

Helping children with sleep!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 16 June 2023

Having trouble with your child sleeping? SPACE are offering a FREE online course looking at sleep difficulties in children. Over the 3 weeks, they will then share strategies to help overcome sleep difficulties and help the whole family to get a good night's sleep!

The course details are:

  • 3 sessions on Wednesdays starting 28th June
  • online
  • FREE
  • 10am-12noon

Click on the link to book your spot or come to the office and we can help you to book.

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/courses-and-activities-in-hertfordshire/things-to-do/find-courses-and-things-to-do-new/6cf80b89-8b8c-4373-b3f0-507256cfc66b

Please let us know if there are any tips or strategies you learn about which may help others!

Transition to Year 7

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Don't forget that we have transition suppprt sessions happening in school this Thursday (15th June) at 9am-10am and then repeated 6pm-7pm. This will be a great opportunity to talk about transition to secondary school, looking around secondary school open events in September and any secondary related questions. Our Mental Health Support practitioner will also be attending. This is a great opportunity for all parents in Years 4, 5 and 6.

Look forward to seeing you there!

ANGELS Autism & ADHD Support - Summer Term 2023 Programme

By Mrs Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Please find attached details of the summer term 2023 programme of events being run by ANGELS Autism and ADHD Support.

 

Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Workshops (July-September 2023)

By Mrs Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 6 June 2023

There are some really great on-line workshops coming up in July, August and September, which parents/carers might find useful to help support your child/children's wellbeing.

Please see the attached flier for more information on the various courses and how to book a place.