Remembrance Day is an important date in the calendar and it is very important for children to learn a little about its meaning, even at an early age.
This type of learning is a very important part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development and our British Values and Rights respecting Schools curriculum as well as helping the children to have a better knowledge and understanding of the world and important events in history.
At nursery we took part in lots of poppy activities and talked to the children about the many important people who helped to keep us safe and helped us to stand up for our rights, a long time ago. We even learned some new sign s to help us with this learning. We said that the poppy flowers help us to remember and say thank you to these special people. We also made our very own special poppies to wear in nursery too to help us to talk and think about Remembrance Day. When we had made our poppies we sang a special song to help us to remember what we'd learnt.
We watched a short CBBC film together at the end of the session, to help us to think about Remembrance Day too. We asked the children to really think about how the film made them feel. They are getting really good at describing and talking about their feelings and lots of them identified that the film was sad and frightening in parts, but happy at the end.
We asked the children to look for poppies in the community and on the television this weekend as lots of people all around the country will be thinking on Saturday and Sunday about those people, long ago who helped us to stand up for our rights.
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Our Continuing International School Links
with Missouri USA
At South Normanton Nursery School, we are continuously striving to ensure that our children receive diverse and multicultural experiences and what a better way than to link with other schools around the world. Last year we made a link with a school in a Missouri, America, in a little town called Eureka near St Louis. The teacher who we are linking with, used to live and teach in South Normanton many years ago.
Under the motto ‘Friends together, learning together, joining together’, we have continued to share our experiences and discuss similarities and differences of children from the USA and South Normanton. (Please note any communication that’s take place is covered by all of our procedures and policies, including data protection.)
This week in our groups we have a big discussion about where Missouri is America was and contextualized the distance from us by thinking about how and how long it would take to get to Missouri from South Normanton…we looked on the map and worked out that it was a very long way and that the best way to get there would be by aeroplane! As this wasn’t possible we did some problem solving and worked out that we could use the internet to safely and easily contact our new friends.
We looked at the first PowerPoint that our American friends has sent to us. They had taken pictures of themselves and the first letters of their names and told us a little bit about where they live, what they like and what they had been learning at their nursery. They even asked us some questions…
We talked about using the photos of our favourite places, that we’d taken as a Tapestry task and how we were going to use these to complete our PowerPoint to send back to them.
These experiences reinforce our children’s learning about accepting and valuing each other’s differences and formed an important part of the PSED and British Values curriculum which is woven through everything that we do at nursery.
Make sure you check back on the website regularly to find out more about our International Schools friends.