Archive for July 2014

What will you do this summer?

50 things for children to do this summer holidays!


 1.Gather up a few friends, and have a picnic
 2. Go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, dogs, etc.
 3. Buy some fashion magazines, pick out a couple of really cute outfits, and try to recreate them for less!
 4. Bead some bracelets
 5. Dress up and put on a play
 6. Clean your room!
 7. Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
 8. Play games like “Sorry”, “What’s the time Mr Wolf” or ‘’IT’’
 9. Take your dog for a walk.
 10. E-Write a letter to a friend
 11. Do 25 jumping jacks!
 12. Look through old family scrapbooks, photo books, and yearbooks.
13. Make a milk shake
14. Go to the cinema with your siblings.
15. Go window-shopping with a friend.
16. Write a poem.
17. Make fresh, homemade fruit juice.
18. Give your dog a bath.
19. Make dinner for your family.
20. Baby-sit for a neighbour.
21. Have a sleepover party
22. Read a play
23. Plant flowers in your garden
24. Make a den in your bedroom
25. Have a bubble bath.
26. Make a mixed CD of your favorite songs
27. Order a pizza.
28. Splash around in a plastic pool.
29. Buy some crayons and a coloring book.
30. Read a book based on a film you have seen.
31. Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
32. Make a tree house
33. Start a diary and write in it everyday.
34. Spend the day at the library.
35. Draw a self-portrait.
36. Make a collage out of old magazines.
37. Run around in the sprinklers.
38. Go to a museum.
39. Go out for lunch with one of your parents.
40. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
41. Eat last night’s leftovers for breakfast.
42. Learn to sew or knit.
43. Invite friends over and have a tea party.
44. Swing on the swings at the park.
45. Tie-Dye a t-shirt
46. Make a fruit smoothie.
47. Learn how to define and spell 5 new words from the dictionary.
48. Make ice cream
49. Put on the radio and dance.
50. Go camping in your garden!

How do YOU define Beauty?

Social Media and Body Image

Starting from a very young age we are exposed to what our society and media deems to be “desirable”. This film my Anna McNamara looks at how the media affects how we view body image and how far people push their bodies and minds to achieve this false expectation of  what beauty is. 

Remember every person is perfect and beautiful just the way they are.


Another fantastic story for our Library

The Clown Who Lost His Confidence

 Once there was a clown called Chuckles. Chuckles was too scared to go on stage because he lost his confidence. Chuckles cried like this “Wah!Wah!Wah!Wah!’’ “I don’t want to go on stage but I have to because the audience are waiting! What shall I do?”

 He went and looked around the audience but he did it very quickly.

Then he looked on the ring master’s ring but it wasn’t there.

“Oh no!” said Chuckles. He went to ask the lion tamer. The lion tamer thought he saw the jar in one of the lion’s cages but it was in fact a jar of water.

“Thanks anyway” (sigh). So he went to the acrobat. The acrobat was Russian so Chuckles didn’t understand him ‘’Never mind.’’

 Chuckles had an idea, he went to the magician and asked him “could you use your magic to create a new jar of confidence?”. The magician said “Yes I will” so the magician took a jar out of his cupboard and said some words which sounded like a spell. So the magician gave Chuckles the jar, which was actually an ordinary jar but Chuckles thought it was a confidence jar so Chuckles went on stage to do his show and everyone clapped.

 (Morel) Never give up

By Jacob John Hubbard Age 7


What is Peer Pressure?

What is Peer Pressure and what can you do about it? Please watch this video to get young people’s opinions.

Who Wins You Decide!!!

My amazing pupils of Chilwell Croft Academy have drawn the following pictures. I have promised that the 2 top winners will be made into their very own character and put into Tappy Town. These guys age from age 5 to 9 and I think they have all done amazingly well.
Please let me know what you think as I want them all to win and can’t decide!!

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You are Perfect Just the Way You Are – Great film!!

I‘m fat, I’m too skinny, I’d be happy if I were taller, shorter, had curly hair, straight hair. Do any of these sound familiar? Are you used to putting yourself down? If so you are not alone. Everyone has a mental picture about their body and they have feelings and judgments based on this picture. As people get older and into their teenage years, their bodies change in lots of different ways, this can affect how you see yourself, how you think and feel about the way you look and how you think others perceive you. Putting yourself down about your appearance is sadly a common thing among our society. The media makes it quite hard for us to be happy about our self’s. The photo shopped images in our magazines, the size zero models that walk up and down our catwalks; these are the impossible body shapes we dream of having. Devastatingly the children effected by this are getting younger.

Low self esteem and low confidence can lead to big problems in your personal life.
Eating disorders, like anorexia and depression are just some. Depression is sadly very common among teenagers as result of low self esteem. Teenagers with low self esteem tend to cut themselves off from being with other people socially, Stop participating in activities that require them to show their bodies such as exercising, going to the doctor, or swimming.

Our Short film is based on low self esteem and low confidence. The characters in our film over come their low confidence by finding something they like about them selves and concentrating on that. The movie send out the message, Be happy with who you are on the inside and out because life with seem so much brighter. 
No one is perfect, real beauty lies somewhere in-between your physical appearance and who you are within. Even if you hate things about yourself which most people do, find something you love about yourself even if it’s deep down and love yourself for who you are. There is no point in dwelling on the bad things in life. Be happy with yourself and make life a whole lot fuller. Remember you have the right to be happy with who you are. Don’t let anybody take that away from you. 
Don’t worry, Be happy. (:

Thank you to Davina

A big thank you to Davina for my lovely card and gift today.  It was really thoughtful. Good luck with everything you choose to do. I am always here if you need help.

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Fab Day at Chilwell Croft Academy

A huge thank you to Chilwell Croft Academy for making me and Lorraine so welcome. The children seemed to love learning how to Tap.

I hope they enjoy the Tappy Twins CD and Poster. They can all “feel Good Fast” when at home now!

See you all next week for the next session.


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