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Life Skills

Pupil librarians

Our Year 6 School Librarians have received training from professional librarian, Carolyn, who works for the Devon Schools’ Library Service. She showed them some new methods for sorting books and gave them some tips on displaying books on a specific theme. The pupils have also organised a list of ‘Authors of the Term’ and ordered books written by these authors so they can be promoted and shared with other pupils.

CAP sessions

Pupils across the school had the opportunity to take part in three CAP sessions (Child Assault Prevention), organised and run by a team from the Devon Community Project CAP UK. CAP’s mission is to keep children Safe, Strong and Free, so the team works with the whole school community towards reducing children’s vulnerability to abuse, equipping children with skills and strategies necessary to stay safe and to grow up to be strong and confident young people, respecting their own and others’ rights.

Buddy Food Hygiene Training

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 who carry out Buddy duties have been given Food Hygiene training, similar to the training that adults have when they are involved with serving or preparing food. Mark Bradley from The Grange Restaurant, came into St Mary’s to carry out the training.  He will return later in the year, to monitor how well the children are implementing the training in the dinner hall at lunchtimes.

Anti-Bullying Week

Pupils took part in the special assembly to talk about National Anti-Bullying week.   The theme for this year was ‘Small Change. Big Difference.’ Pupils had chance to discuss the theme as part of their PSHE lessons in class and reviewed the Children’s Anti-Bullying Policy. The School Council discussed how the school could work together to develop new anti-bullying strategies and came up with the idea of using stickers and certificates to celebrate acts of kindness and compassion. These awards are called ‘WOW (Witness of the Week) awards and are presented as part of Friday’s Achievement Assembly. These have also been linked with the Academy Trust’s Vision and Gospel values, by awarding Gospel stickers that relate to the WOW certificate being awarded.

Alpaca Therapy

Some pupils took part in ‘alpaca therapy’ workshops. The session involved walking, grooming and feeding the alpacas, who were very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the attention.

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