Dear North Tawton Families,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. We do have a number of families with Covid this week, as far as I’m aware, none are too poorly. Do let me know if you or your children test positive over the weekend.
On Saturday a team of volunteers were working hard at school. Between us we
International Women’s Day
In assembly this week I read The Paper Bag princess to Year 1 and Two. I was surprised so few knew the story. It’s one of my favourites as it challenges stereotypes. In this story the princess uses her wits to defeat the dragon and when the rescued prince is rude to her, she makes a decision as to how she is going to live happily ever after!
With the older children I introduced the Bechdel Test. This is a test devised to look at how women are portrayed in films (it can be applied to books too)
There are three criteria:
(1) It has to have at least two women in it,
(2) They must have names and
(3) They must talk to each other, but it must be about something other than a man.
You’d be surprised how many films do not pass this test!
Children’s films that do not pass include: Toy Story, Luca, Lion King, Finding Nemo, Jungle Book and Aladdin. This doesn’t mean that these are bad films, but does provoke some discussion about what role models we are showing our girls and boys.
In assembly I asked the children what other criteria they what to see in films. They suggested:
To have female characters who are not evil.
To have characters that are not always white.
To have boys who like to be princesses.
To have boys and girls as friends.
This weekend, if you watch a movie, please talk to your children about the men and women in the story. Who has the most lines, makes the most decisions and has the most action? Also look out for how boys are portrayed. Are they shown as having fears and feelings?
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women's equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
It was a privilege to host the OCRA Cross Country event here on Wednesday. We had teams from eight local schools here competing. They ran a mile and a half, which was three laps around our fields and orchard. It was great to see so many happy, muddy, children!
Before half term, Mss Radbourne challenged children to revise their geography knowledge for a quiz. Congratulations to our winners
Y2 – 1st Abel 2nd Ned 3rd Evie
Y3 – 1st Juno 2nd Ashton 3rd Brook
Y4 – 1st Tam 2nd Ben S-S 3rd Sonny & Ivy
Y5 – 1st Alfie 2nd Charlie 3rd Jack
Y6 – 1st Ollie 2nd Maya 3rd Eva
Please do spend some time looking at maps and globes with your children and learning the continents, oceans and capitals of countries, this is great knowledge to have and will help them in future learning.
With best wishes for the weekend,