(Personal, Social and Health education)

Letters from and to our friends at school in Nepal!

Year 3 and Year 6 have been reading the letters from our friends in Nepal and have realised that we have just as many things in common with them as different. For example, many of them like football just as much as we do! Ash from Adventure Aid UK who helped us link with the school is currently in Nepal and has taken our reply letters to our friends to continue finding out more about each other. 


In the meantime, many in year 3 used their 'Golden Time' to learn how to speak and write common phrases in Nepali. The alphabet is amazing!

Stay Safe - Be Seen 

There was a fantastic response to the challenge to design a T shirt to promote road safety and particularly as part of the winter months to wear bright clothing to be seen. The winner was Hettie Wilkins from year 3 who has won herself a T shirt with her design on. Congratulations to everyone who entered for their creative and thoughtful ideas. Keep safe on the roads!

PSHE Day - Send my Friend to School in Nepal with a  Bag!

Our PSHE day focused on the 37 million children unable to go to school because of emergencies such as war and natural disasters.

Part of our day was dedicated to a one mile run with a rucksack to raise money for rucksacks and stationery for specific children in Nepal, going to temporary learning centres following the earthquake there last year. Children were asked to bring in £1 for the day and as much sponsorship money as possible.

So far we have raised an amazing total of £1232.72 - that is the equivalent of over 72 rucksacks! 

Year 3 and 4 wrote letters for the children that will receive them in October and Year 5 and 6 have written letters for our local MP to urge the UK and other countries' leaders to give more to help children receive schooling even in emergency situations. The good news is that that a new fund has just been created globally that the UK is contributing to for this purpose! Well done to all of you for the effort you put into the day.

Sawubona! Welcome to Project Zulu at Bartley!

An amazing experience was had by all from the visit of the South African children connected with Project Zulu. Years 3, 5, and 6 had workshops with the children learning how to sing and dance with them including the infamous gum boot dance (see Year 5 pages!). The children loved getting to know each other in lessons and on the playground. The day culminated with a whole school collective worship that the children and staff will never forget as it was STUNNING!

For more details of the project see

Burns 'night' at Bartley and Chinese New Year 

We had tickled our taste buds recently in our lunchtime Culture Club trying and 'addressing' a vegetarian haggis like at a Scottish Burns Night.

Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis


(Translation: You powers, who make mankind your care,

And dish them out their bill of fare,
Old Scotland wants no watery stuff,
That splashes in small wooden dishes;
But if you wish her grateful prayer,
Give her [Scotland] a Haggis!)

We have also tried prawn crackers and using chopsticks to eat crispy seaweed as we looked at different Chinese New Year decorations.

新年快乐  (Happy New Year!)

Competition against cyber-bullying

All children had the opportunity to take part in a national competition to design a poster, poem or story against cyber-bullying. Below is one of our entries by Alice Robertson in year 5. This has linked in well with the e-Safety lessons that take place in the school as part of our computing learning.

Road Safety Week - Drive Less, Live More!  

Did you know that 4 out of 10 car journeys are less than 2 miles?

In the last week of November, our Junior Road Safety Officers from year 5 and 6  issued a challenge to walk, cycle, jog, swim as much as possible and in particular to try and avoid as many car journeys.

We issued certificates for those that did so the most in their class and awarded pedometers to the top 2 in the school who were Pru Short and Daniel Williams who walked, swam , ran and climbed over 26 kilometres! 

Many thanks to the Junior Road Safety Officers that created the ideas and helped organise the week: Anna, Beth, Lola, Alisha, Aiden, Joseph, Lily and Daniel!


The World's Largest Lesson

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 17 goals to achieve 3 essential things in the next 15 years:

End extreme poverty.

Fight inequality and injustice.

Fix climate change.


During October, each class, year group and the whole school learnt about the goals and we have created a video montage of what the goals are all about so we can all start doing something about them!




PSHE Day 2015 - Send a Friend to School

We learnt about the 58 million children who still do not go to school for reasons such as war, transport or just the fact they are girls.


We wrote to our local MP urging him  in our letters including ones in the shape of us as world leaders to ensure that the government supported the 2015 review and agreement of the new Global Goals for 2030 to make sure every one is able to go to school and receive a quality education.


The United Nations decided upon their new 17 Global Goals in September 2015.





Makutano Junction

Year 5 took part in an inter-schools and EU project on various PSHE themes linking to life in Kenya and a soap opera called Makutano Junction. They joined in with a workshop to review some of the key themes on Thursday 12th March.