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In Dragonfly Class we understand the importance of being safe in the sun!

In Dragonfly Class we understand the importance of being safe in the sun! 1

Weekly Spellings will be updated here!

Dragonfly Summer 2 Homework Project

Dragonflies class project Summer 1

Dragonflies class homework project Spring 2

This is not a huge project because it's only a short half term! Have fun working on it!

Dragonflies Homework Project - Spring 1

Dragonflies Homework Project - Autumn second half term.

Dragonflies Homework Project - Autumn first half term

About Us

We are called the Dragonflies. We are a mixed Year 2/3 class and our teacher is Miss Murphy with Mrs Lee as our classroom assistant. We will be learning about the Incredible Egyptians this Autumn half term.

Dragonfly Class Anti-Bullying Charter

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Yesterday, the Dragonfly Class investigated magnets. We used magnets to try and find out what materials are magnetic and which are not. We then tested different magnets to see how strong they were. Take a look!

Using 'The Force'

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Dragonfly had a great time this afternoon learning about first aid to celebrate 70 years of the NHS!

Yesterday, we went to the church to take part in a wedding celebration led by Rev. Bill. Thank you very much for having us and thanks to the parents for coming to watch!

The culprit who messed up the Dragonfly classroom last week!

The Great Grandad of two of the Dragonfly children came in to do a demonstration assembly of Morris Dancing! Thank you!

The Great Grandad of two of the Dragonfly children came in to do a demonstration assembly of Morris Dancing! Thank you! 1

Well done to the Dragonfly winner of the German t-shirt competition!

Well done to the Dragonfly winner of the German t-shirt competition! 1
We have been very busy in our DT lesson this week. The Dragonfly class have been building on their skills in construction and have started making their theme park rides!
Dragonfly Class has loved having the bees in to visit today! We had the opportunity to learn how amazing bees are and how they help the planet. We were able to see the Queen Bee and understand how they work together to make honey. Check out our photos:

Yesterday, we had a visit from some musicians who were playing a mixture of Gamelan/Malayan/Hip-hop music on lots of different instruments. The music was there to represent what freedom meant to the musicians.

 

In the morning, the Dragonfly Class decided to discuss what freedom meant to each of them as individuals and then we went outside with some instruments to compose our own freedom music!

The Dragonfly Class are back from half term and are as buzzing as ever! We have started our new topic 'Thrills and Spills' and have started designing our own theme park rides. The children enjoyed getting the construction equipment out and building their own theme parks/rides. Take a look at our photos!

Summer Term 2 - Topic: Thrills and Spills

 

  • Science - Forces and Magnets
  • Art/DT - Design and make your own fairground ride
  • Computing - design and rollercoaster
  • RE - Judaism (Celebrations)
  • PE - Athletics and multiskills
  • PSHCEE - Health and wellbeing

 

The homework project will be up soon!

 

Just before half term, the Dragonfly class went on a school trip to The Swan in Walton to round off our topic on healthy lifestyles. 

 

The manager gave the children a talk about how the dough is made, where the pizza oven came from, how the pizza oven works and lots more!

 

They were then invited to gather around the pizza-making area and watch some demonstrations on how all of the pizzas at The Swan are made.

 

To finish, the children were served a range of pizzas with different toppings to try and decide which toppings were the most healthy. We had a wonderful time and we would like to thank The Swan for such an awesome hands-on learning morning!

Today (Thursday 17th May) was Outdoor Classroom Day! The Dragonfly class went outside onto the field and completed a nature scavenger hunt.

 

We were really good at finding all of the things and we worked great as a team. 

 

Take a look at our pictures!

Today, in History, we found out that the Victoria sponge cake was invented while Queen Victoria was on the throne. We looked at lots of different Royal Wedding cakes and designed our own ready for the marriage of Harry and Meghan. Take a look!

What a lovely surprise we had this afternoon! Some firemen arrived in the car park with their fire engine! We had the opportunity to find out all about what firemen do and how their fire engine works and we even got to go inside!

We know it's been a while since we last put some photos on our page, but it's because we've been so busy!

 

Today, we have celebrates May Day by performing a dance for our parents on the Maypole. Luckily, the weather was beautiful and we were able to enjoy welcoming Summer into the Northern Hemisphere.

 

While we weren't outside, we were learning all about the traditions of May Day and why it is celebrated. We enjoyed decorating some masks of 'The Green Man'.

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On Thursday, we were measuring water in ml outside in the sunshine and in the afternoon we went outside to create a Roman Banquet!

In science today, we did a bit of chocolate tasting to find out which type of chocolate is the most 'healthy' and which has the most sugar. Reggie didn't like dark chocolate, apparently!

Last week, we kicked off our Summer term English lessons by writing autobiographies of different objects. There were some fantastic ideas, ranging from books, who started their lives as seeds and grew into trees before being chopped down and made into paper; we had sand-timers that were getting really annoyed in school because children kept turning them the other way up; and we had a CD player that started its life as a milk carton before being recycled and turned into a CD player!

 

This week, we will be writing more autobiographies, but this time the children have the chance to bring a special item into school to write about. These objects need to be in school by Tuesday (tomorrow). They will be kept in a box safely so that the children can get them out in English every day until Friday.

We have started our new topic: 'Healthy Me!'.

 

In history, we are making a timeline of how diets have changed over the different eras. This week, we started with the Stone Age. We split into groups and created a performance based on how Stone Age people would have to hunt for their food and cook it on little fires.

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It's excellent to see that the Dragonflies have flown back into the classroom this week very bouncy and full of positive attitudes!

 

We have been very busy measuring everything from pencils in the classroom to the whole playground. We have been measuring using cm and m.

 

Here are some photos to show you what we have achieved... 

Summer 1 Topic: Healthy Me!

  • English - autobiographies, information text and poetry
  • Science - animals, including humans
  • History - changes within living memory
  • RE - Creation: who made the world?
  • PSHCEE - Relationships

What a week for the Dragonflies!

 

We had our showcase assembly on Tuesday (we hope you enjoyed it)! We had our school trip to Conkers where we impressed the site rangers with our knowledge about seed dispersal. Then we invited our parents and grandparents in to school to share a hot cross bun and learn about the Easter Story.

 

Look at the wonderful photos we've taken!

Yesterday was a very sad day for Science. One of the greatest British scientific minds passed away and in Dragonfly Class we remembered Stephen Hawking.

 

In his memory, and in aid of Science Week, the Dragonfly Class took to the playground to perform a fair test. The results were EXPLOSIVE!

We wanted to see what would happen if we put Mentos in different bottles of fizzy drinks - the appleade definitely exploded to the highest point of 30cm!

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We have been very busy in Dragonfly Class over the past few weeks. We have celebrated World Book Day (photos to come); we have been sending emails to our link school in Uganda and now we are hoping for a reply; we have also been doing lots of painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh!

 

We have started a Reading Racetrack in our classroom - this will work alongside the Rainbow Readers, but with smaller jumps! Every Friday, Miss Murphy checks the number of times we have read at home since Monday by checking our reading diaries. We then get to move our race car around the track that many places!

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Spring 2:

- English: Letters, emails, information texts and recounts.

- Maths: Fractions and shapes.

- Geography: Uganda

- PE: Football coach

- Computing: emails to Uganda

- RE: God. What do Christians believe God is like?

- Art and DT: Van Gogh

- PSHCEE: Living in the Wider World

 

Art in the Park - Part 1

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On Thursday 15th February, Dragonfly Class went to the park to take part in different art activities! We had a wonderful time learning in the outdoors!

Miss Murphy and Mrs Lee Have been very busy this Thursday morning putting up the lovely work - Our Rights at School

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Chinese New Year!

Dragonfly class celebrated Chinese New Year, today (Monday 12th February)! We designed scales to go on the huge dragon; we coloured Chinese Dragon masks; and we read the story to find out why the 12 years are known as animals.

 

We found out that this year is the 11th year and it is the year of the dog! If we were born in 2010, we were born in the year of the Tiger and if we were born in 2011, we were born in the year of the Rabbit!

 

We also found out that both Miss Murphy and Mrs Lee were born in the year of the monkey...no surprises there!!

We have been extremely hardworking and busy in English this week writing our poems. We based this one on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Fred and George Weasley set off hundreds of enchanted fireworks!

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Dragonfly class have been looking at seed dispersal and how this helps the life cycle of plants. These videos show the different ways in which seed can be dispersed.
V1: Animals carrying them
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V3: Animals eat them and then release them elsewhere
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V5: Bursting

This week, Dragonfly Class have been writing fantasy stories, learning about belonging and making Cress Heads.

 

Yesterday, we started to make our miniature gardens! Here are some photos of their hard work:

On Thursday, Walton celebrated World Religion Day - in the Dragonfly Classroom we were looking at Judaism.

Sam in Dragonfly class has teamed up with Cole and Oliver in Breakfast Club to create a domino effect!

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Dragonfly Class made cheese sandwiches to see how well we could give and follow instructions.

This week, we are doing Reciprocal Reading!

Spring 1 - Our topic this half term is 'Grow, grow, grow!'

 

We will be exploring:

 

  • Literacy: Instructions, fantasy writing and poems
  • Maths: Data handling
  • Science: Plants
  • Art and DT: Miniature gardens with cress head
  • RE: Identity and Belonging
  • PE: Gym and sports
  • Forest Fridays

 

It would be great if you could help us with our miniature gardens with cress head by saving some recyclable items such as:

  • Lolly sticks
  • Egg cartons
  • Shoe boxes
  • Cereal boxes

 

Thank you!

 

 

Dragonfly class have been working extremely hard and have been very busy in the run up to Christmas! Due to this, we have earned enough class points to have our second class treat of the year!

 

We have been reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a class, so we decided to have a Harry Potter themed treat. We made broomsticks out of logs and paper, which we flew around the playground. We also had a potions lesson, which was glittery and explosive! It was the grand finale to a wonderful term.

 

Take a look at our videos and pictures to see what we got up to!

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Dragonfly class have been working extremely hard on their Christmas play this week. The singing has sounded beautiful and their confidence is building with each rehearsal! We won't put up any photos yet, though, because we don't want to spoil it!

 

We've been learning about the Christmas story in RE and we have started making our own little booklets, which tell the Christmas story.

 

 

We've been having a lot of fun in maths this week learning how to multiply and divide! We have been using cubes, drawing pictures and learning mental methods in Year 2. In Year 3 we have started to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers using place value, partitioning and the formal written method.

 

In English, we have been using inverted commas to show when characters are speaking in stories. We have drawn story maps of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and retold the story in our books.

Dragonfly class have been raising awareness this week by celebrating Anti-Bullying Week. We have learned what bullying is and designed posters about how to 'Spot it and Stop it!'

 

We have been doing lots of problem-solving in maths using our times tables this week. Year 2 have been using their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and Year 3 have been using their 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

 

We have even been learning about how the Ancient Egyptians used to make mummies - we even had a go at it ourselves! 

Dragonfly class are sorry for not updating the class page for so long, but we've had an extremely busy few weeks!

 

Last week we celebrated Remembrance by learning about why we have a 2 minute silence and why the poppy is so important. We made some poppies for our classroom display using a mosaic technique. Take a look:

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Topic: Incredible Egyptians

English: Playscripts, Dialogues, Myths and Legends

History: Ancient Egypt

Geography: River Nile

Art/DT: Mummy in a sarcophagus, hieroglyphics

RE: Christmas Story

PE: Dance and Hockey

The Dragonfly Class have had a wonderful and busy week before half term! We have celebrated Diwali, making lanterns and painting Lotus flowers; we have had our class treat because we earned enough class points (this meant dressing in our PJs and watching Paddington); we have been lucky enough to be visited by a guitarist on the Yamaha Roadshow; and we have celebrated Harvest at our church! Here is our week in pictures...

This week the Dragonfly class have had an exciting visitor. A best-selling children's author, Billy Bob Buttons came to school to spend time with the children and talk about what it is like to be an author. 

 

We also raised awareness of other schools in the world by taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday - we enjoyed maths board games, modelling story maps with play dough and Lego and painting a Bible story in RE.

Our unicorn newspaper report.

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We have been writing a newspaper report about an escaped unicorn this week. To help us we have been making story maps and saying the report out loud.

This week, the Dragonflies have had lots of interesting things to do! Aside from our usual maths and literacy, we have learnt about Uganda and written a letter to a school in that country. Our French and Music teacher, Mrs Freeman, has asked our class to make a link with a school in Uganda so that we can see the similarities and differences between our educations. The children have found Uganda on a map and discussed what they think could be different about the schools. (Photos will follow after the weekend).

 

On Friday afternoon, Dragonfly class went outside onto the playground to complete a maths trail based on all of the learning we have been doing over the past few weeks on Place Value.

This week, we have started our new class book: 'Where Dolphins Race with Rainbows'. We have summarised the first chapter and we have received a letter from the characters who got washed away out at sea. We have written back to them to tell them what happened.

 

We celebrated Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday 13th and had a wonderful time inventing our own spectacular sweetie creations!

 

In maths, we have been problem-solving and reasoning with place value.

This week we have been learning about British Values and Growth Mindset. We are learning different ways in which we can exercise our brains to make them grow stronger. 

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Topic: Crime and Punishment

English: Letters, Crime, Poems

Computing: E-safety

RE: Why is the Qur'an so important for Muslims today?

PE: Dance and Netball

Long Term Plan 2017-2018

Everything below took place in the academic year 2016-2017.

Please help your child to learn their times tables. We appreciate all the help and support you can provide at home. There are some links to useful websites in the document below.

Summer Topics

 

This half term we will be focusing on:

 

- Weight, measure, tally charts, bar charts and pictograms in maths.

- A range on sentences eg, exclamation, command, statement and question.

- Summer poetry, story writing, instructions and retelling stories.

- In History, how the Romans invaded Britain.

- Light and how it can be reflected, shadows and it's source.

- DT- making Roman chariots.

- RE- the gospel and how it affects our lives.

- Athletics, fielding and batting games.

Smoothies

 

In maths we have been looking at weight and capacity. We have make delicious smoothies where we had to weigh our fruit and measure the juice. We worked in pairs to try and make them as yummy as possible! Thank you to the parents that sent in fruit. We had an amazing day.

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Class Poetry

 

Today, as a class, we made a poem. We were all given rhyming words and we had to create rhyming phrases to create a whole class poem. We had lots of fun and love our poem. We even voted for the title!!!

 

The summer time is good for me!

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

The man was very old,

His drink was ice cold,

 

While the children applied sun cream,

they felt they were in a dream,

 

There were a lot,

that were hot,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

In my hand,

I held lots of sand,

 

We sang all day,

On the bay,

 

The children had lots of fun,

Whilst playing in the sun,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

The children began to scream,

Until they ate ice cream,

 

When the man was sitting on a seat,

He was sweating in the heat,

 

I was very, very jolly,

So I had an ice-lolly,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

As I was getting a tan,

I turned on the extra strong fan,

 

It was very cool,

In the amazing, hotel pool,

 

There were a lot,

that were hot,

 

The summer time is good for me,

Because we get to play in the sea,

 

We love to play,

Can we stay?

 

Let’s go, let’s go, the day is nearly done,

But just enough time to play with my special, water gun!

 

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Andy Warhol Art

 

As a class, we have been looking at the artist Andy Warhol. We have researched his work, looked at the different pieces of art work and created our own versions. It has been really fun and we have learnt how to be super creative. 

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Beat Boxing

 

Today we had a special visitor! He taught us how to beat box. It was super cool and we all tried really hard. Below are some videos of what we did. 

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Dance Mat Angles

Today, Year 3's went outside and identified different angles. We drew different angles on the floor and then created a sequence. After, we showed our routine by dancing to the music. It was super fun! We love angles!

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Easter Maths

 

Today in maths we have been looking at fractions of amounts as well as making baskets out of nets. Eventually we made tasty Easter cakes to take home! We have had lots of fun with Mrs Baxter, Mrs Orme and Mrs Claxton!

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Andy Goldsworthy

On Tuesday we created exciting artwork inspired by a famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. We went outside in groups of 15 with Mrs Baxter, it was super fun. 

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Rainforest Projects

 

Today, some of us showed our amazing projects and we have used our super listening skills. We have had a wonderful afternoon.

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Rainforest music

 

Today in music we went to the Spinney to find a cane each. After, we danced to music that had different tempos. Our lesson was inspired by Fred Astaire. 

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Rainforest Day

 

On Wednesday morning we were lucky enough to meet some amazing animals that would live in the rainforest. We were able to touch and hold the some of the animals. In the afternoon, we went to the spinney to find some twigs, leaves and other materials so that we could make headdresses. We had an amazing day!

 

This half term

Our Topic this half term is Rainforests.

 

Your homework project for this half-term.

 

Things we will be working on this term:

 

Maths

Year 2

Time

  • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.
  • Compare and sequence intervals of time.

 

Fractions

  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions  1/3 , ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
  • Write simple fractions for example,  ½of 6 = 3
  • Recognise the equivalence of  2/4 and ½

 

Year 3

Time

  • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals and 12-hour and 24hour clocks. 
  • Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.
  • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year. 
  • Use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. 
  • Record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours.
  • Compare durations of events (for example to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks).

 

Fractions

  • Recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. 
  • Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. 
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators. 
  • Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators. 
  • Count up and down in tenths.
  • Recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10. 
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole. 
  • Solve problems that involve all of the above.

 

English

Descriptive Writing

Information Texts

Persuasive Writing

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (throughout the year)

Adding s or es to make a word plural

Adding the suffix –ing and -ed

Choosing the best conjunction

Apostrophes

Adverbs

Correct use of past and present tense

Knowledge of what is a noun, adjective, verb and adverb

Use of suffixes –er, –est, -ful, -ness and -less

Knowledge of what makes a statement, question, exclamation or command

Commas

 

Topic (Geography/History)

Learning about location and uses of the rainforests.

Use of atlases.

Layers of the rainforests.

Animals and people of the rainforests.

Deforestation.

 

Science

Rainforest habitats

Animal Life cycles

Basic needs of animals for survival

 

Art

Use of different media to create animal camouflage patterns.

Using viewfinders to create part of a large piece of art using different media.

 

PE

Gymnastics

Games

 

Our Homework Projects on the Arctic Regions

 

Well done on your homework projects. We particularly loved those projects where the children had put lots of effort in. Look at some of the photos below.

Important information

 

PE

PE is usually on a Monday and Wednesday, but sometimes this may change due to visitors or other unforeseen circumstances, so please ensure your PE kit is in school all week.

 

Reading

Please read with your child at home at least 3 times a week. This could be reading books from school, library books, books you have at home, magazines or online books.

 

Homework

Along with reading, we would greatly appreciate your support with helping your child to learn their times tables.

We will be setting spellings for your child to learn at home, ready for a test in school every week.

We will not be giving out homework every week, rather instead issuing a project to be done over the half-term based around the topic we are learning in school.

Healthy Minds Week

See the topic web below for the sorts of activities we participated in.

We practised our mindfulness by focusing on our breathing with our tummy chums.
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After the exercise I asked the children how they felt and these were some of the responses:

 

"I felt relaxed, sleepy and happy." Harvey

 

"I felt happy." Laura

 

"After the exercise, I felt really happy and relaxed." Tyler

 

"I felt calm." Joshua

 

"I felt sleepy and relaxed." Mia

 

"I felt calm, happy, sleepy and warm." Evan

 

"I felt sleepy when I was doing the relaxing with the teddy bear." Leon

 

"I was happy and calm." Jake

 

"I felt calmer than ever before." Sahr

 

"I felt calm and relaxed, because just sitting on your back when you can't get to sleep. Try it, it works! Seriously! All you have to do is lie on your back with a teddy." Hannah

 

We also participated in Yoga.
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Picasso

 

Last half-term, we found out about the artist Picasso and produced art work using some of his techniques and methods. In our final lesson we created abstract portraits, using chalk pastels. Wow! I was so impressed. I think we may have a few budding artists in the Dragonflies!

Our Homework Project on Spain

 

Well done Dragonflies for all your hard efforts on your homework projects. Here are some photos.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week

 

During Anti-Bullying week Dragonflies produced anti-bullying poems, practised mindfulness, created a class Anti-Bullying Charter and worked in groups to create posters, amongst other things.

British Values Week

 

As part of our British Values Week, which includes:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance

we discussed positive mindset and how having a positive mindset can help us express our ideas and opinions and also see the best in others. In particular, we thought about what we are good at, what we find difficult and how we can think more positively about those things which we find challenging. Below are some examples of our lesson on Individual Liberty.

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As part of learning about mutual resepct and tolerance, the children found out what a stereotype is and how we can pop those stereotypes, quite literally!!

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We also learnt what it means to be truly unique, by creating a completely unique and individual person.
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