At the beginning of each school year we formulate our class rules (precepts) together, based on the ethos of the school. We also play games to help build a collaborative team spirit. Ocean class is a fantastic team, much like a big family, and we want everybody in the class to feel safe and happy.
In the mornings we start the day with a breathing meditation bringing us back to the moment and promoting a sense of calm and mindfulness. We also discuss what we will be doing that day. Then we usually do a morning activity (such as numeracy or literacy). We also practise mindful eating at snack time and lunch-time, and do a relaxation or visualisation after lunch before beginning our afternoon activities.
We do all of the primary curriculum subjects, including French which is taught usually to support/reinforce what we are doing in another subject, and we study a different topic each term. We do several class pujas per year for the whole school to watch, and at the end of the year we also do a class play usually in conjunction with the Music teacher. The whole class gets involved in designing costumes, making scenery and, of course, acting. We then perform the play for the whole school community, which is always a huge success and it is wonderful to watch the children develop their skills and grow in confidence.
Ocean is a happy, determined, collaborative place to be, where we all make a big effort to be aware of each other’s feelings, and celebrate each other’s successes.