Hans Christian Anderson’s traditional tales -The Princess and the pea.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Princess and the Pea,’ a prince searches far and wide for a real princess to no avail. When one shows up unexpectedly, the queen doubts her position and tests her by putting a pea under 20 mattresses and 20 blankets to see if she is sensitive enough to truly be of royal blood.

One version of the tale begins with a young girl who shows up at the king’s house at night claiming to be a princess. Due to the girl’s poor and dishevelled appearance, the royal family has a hard time believing her story. The queen decides to test the girl and discover if she is telling the truth by placing a small pea under her bed, which is made up of 20 mattresses and 20 feather beds. The next morning, the girl complains of bruises and says she was unable to sleep because of something hard pressing down on her back. The queen then reveals the truth about the pea, and everyone rejoices as they realize that she was telling the truth all along because only a princess could have such delicate and sensitive skin. The prince, who was looking for a true princess, joyfully marries her, and they live happily ever after. Some of the other morals of this fairy tale are that first impressions are not always correct and that the smallest of things can make a difference.

 

 

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Happy New Year -2018! Monday 8th January. Inspiring music from The Lion King.

 

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Word of the Day -Monday 4th December 2017

Mr Lamble is demonstrating his basketball skills to us this morning. He was a professional basketball player before becoming a teacher.

The question is…is Mr Lamble AMBIDEXTROUS?

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WTS – ARE – GDS What does this really mean? Word of the day -EXPERTISE

WTS -Working towards the standard

ARE – Age related expectations

GDS – Greater depth standard

 

Today in assembly we are going to demonstrate some different aspects of this to you using some different ideas…hopefully!

 

Word of the day.

Today’s word is EXPERTISE. This is the skill that you show if you are an expert at something.

Mr Corbett demonstrated his EXPERTISE in playing the guitar during assembly this morning.

Synonyms: Skilful, competent

Antonym: Novice, incompetence,

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Monday 27th November 2017 -An unusual musical instrument.

 

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Monday 20th November 2017. Music to relax to and Word of the Day -REPLICATE

This week I thought that we could listen to some relaxing music whilst watching an AQUARIUM scene.

An aquarium is a place where sea creatures and different types of fish are kept so that people can view them. They are meant to replicate the sea.

My word of the day today is REPLICATE whch means to copy or to reproduce. A similar word is REPLICA. Have you ever heard of that word?

Antonym: There isn’t an exact opposite so you would have to say ‘Unable to replicate.’ ‘Unable to copy.’

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Word of the day- Monday 13th November 2017.

Today’s word is CONSIDERATE. I chose it because during Anti-bullying week we are going to #ChooseKindness

Synonym: Thoughtful, kind, helpful.

Antonym: inconsiderate, thoughtless, unkind

Example – The children showed consideration for their teacher by working very quietly as she had a very bad headache.

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Children in Need 2017 -the official song

 

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Anti-bullying week 2017.

Choose Kindness

#ChooseKindness with Bullying UK and help stand up to bullying

Bullying UK is encouraging people to #ChooseKindness and help stand up to bullying. In our National Bullying Survey in 2016, we found that:

  •  50% of young people were bullied about how they looked
  •  81% of young people were called horrible names by others
  •  55% of young people were left out by their friends
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No-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside and we believe that a simple act of kindness can help a person feel empowered to stand up to bullying. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in choosing kindness and be the reason to make someone smile.

#ChooseKindness top tips

Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously. We all have choices to make, do you #choosekindness?

  •  Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
  •  Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
  •  Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
  •  Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
  •  Acts of kindness are good for you- they release oxytocin which lowers our blood pressure
  •  Being kind can help others feel happy and confident

 

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Monday 6th November 2017 -Merrydale’s World War 1 week.

This week in our school we will be learning about different aspects of World War 1 which occurred between 1914-1918.

As a school we have been learning about World War 1 for a week each year to commemorate the CENTENARY during 2014-2018.

We have all made large poppies as a mark of respect for those who have died in all wars over the years since World War 1 and these will be placed onto our school fence on Hastings Road this week.

Remembrance Sunday will be on Sunday 12th November this year.

 

 

“Remembrance Day” For our king and our country and the promise of glory
We came from Kingston and Brighton to fight on the front line Just lads from the farms and boys from the cities
Not meant to be soldiers we lay in the trenches We’d face the fighting with a smile – or so we said
If only we had known what danger lay ahead The sky turned to grey as we went into battle
On the fields of Europe young men were fallin’ I’ll be back for you someday – it won’t be long
If I can just hold on ’til this bloody war is over The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
There’ll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day By October of 18 Cambrai had fallen
Soon the war would be over and we’d be returnin’ Don’t forget me while I’m gone far away
Well it won’t be long ’till I’m back there in your arms again One day soon – I don’t know when
You know we’ll all be free and the bells of peace will ring again The time will come for you and me
We’ll be goin’ home when this bloody war is ended The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
We’ll all say a prayer on Remembrance Day On Remembrance Day – say a little prayer On Remembrance Day
Well the guns will be silent There’ll be no more fighting Oh we’ll lay down our weapons On Remembrance Day
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