Bastille Day – 14th July

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As the 14th July is Bastille Day we had a French themed night.  We started with a colouring for the Anchors and a word search for the Juniors.  The colouring was from Activity Village http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/france-colouring-pages and here is the Bastille Wordsearch.  We then tried some croissants, pain au chocolate and brioche (bought from Tesco).

For our craft we made French Flag strawberries.  All you need is strawberries, icing, blue glimmer sugar and greaseproof paper. Ok, ours were not as pretty as the picture but they were fun to make and eat.Bastille

We talked about Bastille Day and poverty and had a quiz on what we had heard.  bastille quiz Here is a link to some useful info too: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/bastilleday.htm

Enjoy Bastille Day!

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Food

We have been looking at food in the bible and healthy eating so here are a few ideas!

We had the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and a fab colouring picture to go with it colouring (it’s not my picture, I found it on this web link http://azcoloring.com/very-hungry-caterpillar-coloring-pages)

The older children had this fun word search with healthy and unhealthy foods: healthy puzzle. We also did a fruit tasting activity alongside this.

With the story of manna, we had this colouring picture and we also spread a table cloth on the floor and scattered it with frosts (the cheap fake version from ASDA or Tesco are perfect).  Each child had a small paper sweet bag, on which they wrote ‘Manna’, they then went and collected a bag of ‘manna’ which they ate whilst they listened to the story.

To go with the story of the loaves and the fishes, the Anchors made (and ate) tuna sandwiches and the Juniors cooked Fish Finger sandwiches which were enjoyed by all!

Wrong Trousers Day – June

Wallace-Gromit-Wrong-Trouser-DayThe last Friday in June is always Wrong Trousers Day, a chance to fundraise for children in hospitals and hospices.  As a starting point the children are wearing the wrong trousers with their BB uniforms and paying £1 to do so!

Here are some activities for you, but remember to get your stickers and posters by registering on the website: https://wallaceandgromitcharity.org

Here are some colouring pictures for the youngest children: wrong trousers colouring and colouring 2.  Here is a quiz for Juniors or Company: quiz  The Juniors and company could design their own ‘Wrong Trousers’ using this design template.  It looks quite easy but it is tricky and perfect for Company or Seniors to have a go at so here is a link to a card model of Grommit: card model

For a devotions we are watching this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A16YuzuKN58 and talking about who controls us.  Who makes decisions and who we can choose to be like.

BBC Music Day – June

imageAs this year was the first BBC Music Day it called for a music themed evening.  We had a fun, but difficult, wordsearch to start off the Company Section. We also had some instrument outlines so that they could create their own designs of instruments on BBC Music Day themed.

We also played tubeswith Boomwhacker bells and the older ones loved the Boomwhacker tubes.  We experimented with hitting different parts of the body and items to see how the sound changed.  We used the Boomwhacker books and this music (Thanks to and copyright to Jack Simmonds) – Here is the colour coded version Boomwhacker and here is the ordinary version Boomwhacker1.  The tubes were only £10 for a basic set from Amazon and the book only £3. They require no musical knowledge as they are colour coded to match the music.

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In addition we asked all the staff for their favourite song and asked the youngsters to match the staff to their favourite song.  This was fun and then each staff member explained why they liked that particular song!

Friendship

friendshipFollowing on from Inclusion last week, we will be looking at friendship this week.  The Anchors will watch this VeggieTales song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbJNlJ5yVUk and then talk about it.  The Juniors will listen to this (and watch the video) discussing it afterwards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L14QtTGtjF4.  For the Company and Seniors we will look at Bible Quotes about Friendship – there is a fab list of ideas here: http://www.friendship.com.au/quotes/quobib.html

We will make/decorate gingerbread friends with the little ones, whilst the older ones make and exchange friendship bracelets.  The games will be teamwork ones, for the Anchors it will be relay races, for the older ones it will be pass the hoop and pass the T-shirt type games, whichinvolve the youngsters wording together.  We will also play in groups on the Boomwhacker bells and stickers as these are fab for teamwork.  The Juniors will also do a bit of figure marching too!

Thanks to www.activityvillage.co.uk for these fab resources too: recipe_for_a_perfect_friendfriendship_alphabet_challenge and best_friends_colouring_page

Eurovision – Building Bridges

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 16.06.06Following on from 2014 and Conchita Wurst and the idea of tolerance being so well highlighted, this year the Eurovision theme is Building Bridges and it is interesting to see a couple of acts with very visible disabilities present in the finals.  We are building bridges between communities and groups who wouldn’t have traditionally been involved in a singing competition.  We are having a theme night around the topic of building bridges (in every sense of the word).

Our discussions will be about inclusivity – we have about 65% SEND children (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in the company so it is very appropriate to us.  Here are some notes to accompany a discussion. notes  Here is an inclusion style ‘friends are different’ colouring for the Anchors too. inclusion colouring Here is a link to a video of Extreme Bridges which could make a good discussion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExiB06EnUF4 

For the older ones here is a challenging word search (or rather 3 which get progressively more difficult. Word search and also a Eurovision quiz and a quiz about bridges quiz  (as a PowerPoint – answers on the final slide). For a quick activity they can design their own Eurovision Heart with this template.

The little ones will also build Lego and paper bridges to show the idea of joining things together and bringing together of Nations and groups within this.  Here is a link to some science resources for paper bridges http://npass2.edc.org/sites/npass2.edc.org/files/Paper%20Bridges%20Sample.pdf 

Christian Aid Week

christian aidAs part of Christian Aid Week (May) we did a number of activities with a range of different age groups.

We learnt about the work of Christian Aid through their website and used some of these resources: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/secure/CAW2015/downloads/F6034E.pdf

The Anchors drew pictures in this photo frame of things we should be thankful for and things we have that others around the world don’t. christian aid photo frame We cut them out and laminated them to make a display in the church.

The Juniors used this document cow – printed double sided – to cut out and make little activity booklets, which they then completed.

This activity about school break times around the world also linked in nicely.  Breaktime around the world It can either be used as a PowerPoint or printed out and leads to a discussion about differences and rights/responsibilities.