To celebrate achieving 1000 class points since the beginning of term and the end of our geographical study of Greece, year 5 and 6 enjoyed a delicious banquet. We had lots to try including: dolmades, feta cheese, hummus, Greek yoghurt with honey, tzatziki and pitta bread. Most were even brave enough to try some octopus too!
Our Year five and six pupils all enjoyed a live link to the Houses of Parliament as part of their learning during UK Parliament Week.
We learnt all about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, how laws are made, the role of Mr Speaker, elections, voting and much much more!
Scafell Class were quite eager to pass a bill to reduce the school week to 4 days, however Baroness Farraday and Lord Dean, who sit in the House of Lords, opposed this motion.
This week it is UK Parliament Week and across school we have been learning about democracy and how our country is ruled and run. You might just be able to read the questions and answers on Skiddaw’s display but can you link them up correctly?
Years 2,3 and 4 have also been learning about incredible people who have stood up for what they believed in and helped to make their country a fairer place for all. Rosa Parks’ courage and dignity, that sparked the movement that ended segregation in the USA, and Emmeline Pankhurst, who dedicated her life to fighting for women’s voting rights, are among those heroes we have learnt about who showed such strength and bravery that is still so relevant today.
We have also voted in our own elections for School Council this week. Drum rolls preceded the announcement of each successful year group representative during today’s Celebration Assembly. Well done to all who put themselves up for nomination and made such thoughtful speeches about their ideas. We have experienced Democracy in Action!
Did you know…
…our bones help us stand up right and move around?
…humans have over 200 bones in our skeletons?
…our back bones are also known as our spines?
…our rib cage helps to protect our soft squashy organs like our heart, lungs and stomach inside our chests?
…the longest human bone is the femur, our upper leg bone?
…calcium in milk and dairy products helps build strong bones and teeth?
Skiddaw class have been learning facts such as these in science this week. We have also made some super skeleton puppets using split pins for the joints. Here we are at the beginning stages. Working together well in our pairs meant taking turns, supporting each other and persevering with tricky details of the instructions. We all finished our puppets before the half term break – great work everyone!
Today concluded the work around our final story for this half term; Supertato! The children have enjoyed the past few weeks where they have explored the story in different ways including thinking about how they can be superheroes, making superhero capes, learning about how vegetables are superheroes for our bodies, making evil pea traps and cooking and eating some delicious vegetable soup with Mrs Mason.
In these unusual times, we’ve been finding unusual solutions to keeping our school community connected. We’ve been holding our weekly Celebration Assemblies on Teams each Friday so that everyone in school can share in the many successes that have been recorded in our wonderful Golden Book. Here are the classes tuning in!
This week, Skiddaw class have been moving onto addition and subtraction in maths. Here are Year 2 pupils showing their understanding of how part whole models (the circles with some lines joining them) link to families of addition facts. Later in the week, they went onto look at how subtraction calculations can be represented by these part whole models too.
Enough food is produced in the world to feed everyone; so why are so many people hungry? Year 5 + 6 pupils worked together to find out just how unequally the world’s food is distributed.
Our work began with a series of challenges. First, we had to identify the continents of the world and try to decide which were the most densely populated. Most of us, used our knowledge of the world and considered the size of the continents to try to figure this out, but when we were presented with the actual population for each continent, we realised our estimates were not always accurate!
We then moved on to presenting the population for each country and its share of the world’s food using Lego figures, shreddies and a world map.
Each Lego figures is equivalent to 100,000,000 people and each of our Shreddies represents 2% of the World’s food.
We were shocked to discover that the continents with the highest populations actually had the smallest share of food.
For example: Asia’s population was represented by 36 Lego people and had to share just 3 shreddies representing just 6% of the World’s food. Just 5 Lego figures represent North America’s population who have as much as a 50% share of the World’s food! How can this be fair?
Our learning today made us realise just how unfair our food is distributed and how fortunate we are to have enough to eat and never experience hunger. Our discussions and our thinking contributed to writing some very powerful prayers to say thank you to God and to pray that the world’s leaders and governments will do more to bring about change so that everyone, regardless of where they live, has enough to eat.
Throughout this week’s harvest theme all classes have been busy recording these videos.
Year 1 are singing Autumn Days; Reception are reciting a poem Harvest Time is Here Again; Year 2,3 &4 are performing a song called Moving Along which talks about the changes in the seasons; Year 5&6 finish our service with prayers they have written this week.
This week, we have been thinking and reflecting on Harvest. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone from every class for bringing in such an abundance of wonderful produce. We will be making a visit to Kendal Food Bank to deliver the goodies and we know that lots of families who live in our local area will be benefiting from eating these nourishing foods.