The Big Cookathon

Despite The Big Cookathon being at the end of our Easter holidays lots of the families participated and sat down to a family meal. Many of the pupils helped make the cottage pie too!

Lukes cottage pie class 1Luke in class 1 had a personalised cottage pie

Megan Burrow

Megan made a cottage pie to share with her family.

On the Monday we celebrated The Big Cookathon with all the pupils having quorn cottage pie at lunchtime.

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The Big Cookathon

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The School Food Plan

This plan is about good food and happiness. It is about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It is also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation. The school food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day.

A child’s healthy, balanced diet should consist of:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of unrefined starchy foods
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • some good oils and fats

(and a small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and/or salt)



Preparing your child’s lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • starchy foods  these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
  • protein foods  including meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
  • a dairy item  this could be cheese or a yoghurt
  • vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Starchy foods are a good source of energy and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. (Instead of sandwiches, give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.)

For ideas:


Pear Tree Health Festival

The British Nutrition Foundation is running a Healthy Eating Week 13th-17th June 2016

On Monday 13th June 2016 we are having a Pear Tree Health Festival

Including: Have a breakfast, have 5 a day, drink plenty, get active and try something new

More details to follow.

British Values

British Values

At Pear Tree we are very aware that our young people can be extremely vulnerable in the world outside of school and home. We aim to give them the tools to protect themselves which will be including discrete sessions on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The Government’s drive to establish British Values ties in well with this and the following information is what we do at Pear Tree to promote these values.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs“.

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Pear Tree these values are embedded in the curriculum.


Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard through circle time and PSHE. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised and support fund raising efforts. Upper School classes vote for two members in each class to represent them. Within School Council the posts for Chairman, minute taker, photographer and blogger are voted for, as are the classes they will represent in Lower School.

The Rule of Law

Pupils are taught the importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the individual, the class, the school, or the country. They are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are advised how to exercise these rights and personal freedoms safely, for example through Online Safety, PSHE lessons and Themed Days.

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Assemblies are regularly planned to promote diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.Our RE, PSHE and PE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education

Over the last two terms a group of Upper School students have taken part in discreet sessions working on Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education. The aim was to educate them on the obvious dangers of smoking, drinking and taking drugs, but also to link it to the new Government initiative to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

What fantastic sessions!

A questionnaire completed at the beginning of the series of sessions and then on the last one showed that the students had all learnt something about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco AND knew rules about what is legal and illegal.

No Smoking in Cars

The students designed posters to link with this new rule. These were then put in the Children’s Centre, around school and sent home to inform everyone about it. This work generated lots of comments from the students themselves:

“You can’t smoke in cars, If there’s smoke in cars it could make the children ill.”

“It’s bad. It’s silly. It’s bad for your heart. They (children) smell it.”

“It’s not very good at all. It’s because the children could get ill if the adult is smoking in the car.”

“Full of poison.”

“Smoking bad.”

“I saw a lady when I came to school smoking in the car. That’s bad.”



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Fire Safety Morning February 10th 2016



Once again Sharon came in from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver presentations about fire safety throughout the school. The sessions were divided into different classes so the information could be delivered at the appropriate level.

Lower School had a story about Frances the Firefly, dressed up as firemen and learned to stop, drop and roll.

Upper School watched videos about what the fire service does and how fires can start easily. They learned what to do in the event of a fire – keep low to the ground and follow a wall round to a door; also stop, drop and roll.

Following the sessions the classes did practical activities in class and used other Fire Service sites to play games and get more information. It was a really useful session.

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The Frances the Firefly story can be found on You tube.

Further information can be found from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Sex and Relationships Education

The NSPCC came in to do a presentation and workshop on the topic “Speak Out Stay Safe”

Working with Childline they have devised a programme with the following objectives:

  • to give an understanding of the dangers they may face from other people e.g. bullying, cyber bullying, some forms of “abuse”
  • to gain knowledge of how to protect themselves from this
  • to give them an awareness of how to get help and from whom

Our young people could be vulnerable, so the idea of the sessions was to give them enough information so that they are aware of the possible dangers, but not to frighten or overload them. They would learn who they can talk to and who a “Trusted” adult is; plus have the confidence to speak out if they are worried or upset.

Chris from the NSPCC came to give the presentation. He used the visual aid of a bag of bricks – each brick represented a problem that could worry you. The students had to think of the problems to fill the bag then think what they would do to empty the bag. It was a really interactive session with every student coming up with something.

In the workshop Chris recapped on what the students had learned in the previous session – they were brilliant and remembered so much. They interacted with Chris and the supporting staff showing they understood that they needed to talk to a “trusted” adult if they were worried about anything. Most could say when it was alright to keep a secret and how to keep safe in different situations.

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Chris talked about when it was right to to keep secrets and when it wasn’t. The students showed their answers by thumbs up or down.

This is a transcript of what one young person learned:

Q. Who can we trust? Can you trust Nicki or Cath?

A. Yes.

Q. Could you trust a man in the street?

A. No.

Q. Is it OK for children not to have enough food to eat?

A. No. They might die.

Q. Is it OK if someone watches or touches a child when the child doesn’t want them to?

A. No. It’s not OK.

Q. What can you do if you were uncomfortable in a situation?

A. Say no.

Q. Tell me bout Guy in the video.

A. He wasn’t playing with his friends.

Q. How might he feel?

A. He was a bit lonely.

Q. How could the other children help Guy?

A. He needs to be happy. His friends need to help him.

Q. Who did Guy speak to, to help him?



“It is not OK for people to be mean to children.”

“Tell an adult if you are worried. One you know.”

“It made me sad to see Guy sad. I would help him.”



PSHEE & Citizenship

Senior 2 Democracy

In Senior 2 we ran elections for the school council.

We learnt about the way Parliament works and how we needed to follow the same rules and guidelines to get a fair election result.

  • every student was a candidate
  • we each wrote a manifesto – telling everyone what we would do if we were elected
  • every student had one secret vote and had to put it in the ballot box
  • the votes were counted by people not in class. This is independent checking
  • the two students with the most votes were elected onto school council – this is democracy


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This is the new school council for 2015-2016


Candidate no. 1:

I will help pear tree to be a better school. other kids to come to our school to learn and listen with us. I would like different teachers to teach us sports and different information

Candidate no. 2

I would like an artist in school to be creative. They would help our children to decorating

I like a bit of baking. We should do more.

I am the best!!

British Values

By promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of a fairer society and way of life.

 “Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

PSHEE & Citizenship

PSHE is part of everything we do at Pear Tree; ranging from personal care, self help skills, healthy eating and exercise to understanding Animal care, Relationships, British Values and Economic well-being and financial capability. It is delivered in a sensitive and appropriate way with staff often thinking “outside the box”!

So what do we do?

AFC Fylde Brandon


AFC Fylde Hannah


AFC Fylde delivered a number of sessions to Senior 1 on the importance of healthy eating and exercise.


eatins good food and oxercise stop you gettins fat and your lungs gettins squished.

it is not good to be fat or call frends fat


I am a young sports leader

i help younger pupils do sport

I like helping them

They will be fit

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Class 2

We learnt to look after animals and follow the animal care rules. We were shown how it is cruel to neglect animals and that they need caring for like us.

“I gave food to the hamster. I put paper in the hamster’s bed and hay.”

“We feeded the dog.”


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Class 1

We had to work on routine hygiene tasks that we were familiar with and learn how to do them properly. We followed the rules for cleaning teeth and washing hands.


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In Crossroads we were learning about money and saving. In role play we looked at jobs we could do to make money to save up for things we wanted.

“We were learning about money – 1p, 2p”

“I was counting money. We were buying fruit. I used 1ps”