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September 2022


The school focus for our very first wellbeing day was one of our core values: resilience. In Reception, we thought about what being resilient meant and talked about things where we have had to try hard, like when we learnt to walk and learning to put on our shoes and coats.  We know that lots of the things we are learning and will learn at school require us to be resilient but that if we work hard and keep going even when it is a bit difficult, we will all succeed.  We watched Charlie and Lola and how Lola dealt with not being very good at dancing when all her friends were.  We used emoticons to help us identify Lola’s feelings and then how her friends and Charlie helped her be resilient.  We read about Harry in The Greatest Show on Earth and we talked about how he kept on trying.  We likened this to our class reading of  The Three Little Pigs, who show resilience and ingenuity to escape the wolf.

We took all we had learnt from the characters in our stories and from our talks and worked together to create rockets and houses from boxes.  We needed to work together to paint them and then, we took them on adventures to the moon, across the sea and over mountains.  Some of us used them to build strong houses that would stay standing whoever huffed and puffed at them!  We learnt that sometimes being resilient is hard work and we can feel cross and frustrated but with a deep breath and a smile, we can keep going and try again.  Just like Lola, Harry & the three little pigs, we felt really proud when we worked hard and succeeded.