Mutual Respect and Understanding...Autism
In worship today we had students from Presfield College.
They explained what it was like to have autism.
They told us about famous people with autism and what autistic people can find easy and difficult.
It helped us see that not everyone (including autistic people) learns and thinks in the same way.
Our Christian Values are part of our British Values
Values like compassion and justice.
This term our focus is service.
All religions believe in serving others in some way.
Here is one of our worship tables showing our focus on service.
Part of this is learning about figures in the past who can inspire us to serve others
and share the talents that we have.
People like Florence Nightingale and William Wilberforce had a
big impact on this country.
Today organisations like the Red Cross and Red Crescent serve worldwide.
Sikh gurdwaras provide free meals everyday in their communities.
Here in Southport Christians organise food banks and the local Soup Kitchen.
Today a small group of staff, parents and pupils visited Duke Street Cemetery where we said a prayer and laid a wreath in remembrance of three Southport people who served in the Labour Corp of World War One. Photos are below.
The stunning felt flower wreath has been made by Year 6 thanks to the hard work and creativity of Mrs Rothwell.
The largely forgotten history of the Labour Corp has provided a new challenge for our History Ambassadors. We held a Commonwealth Day Assembly to highlight the work and values of the Commonwealth. We have found out about our local Chinese Labour Corps graves in Liverpool. As we have been studying Ancient Egypt we were also drawn to the role played by the Egyptian Labour Corps and the forgotten contribution of Muslims in this part of our history. Once we had access to the database for the Labour Corp graves, we visited our local cemetery to leave tokens of remembrance there. As one of the graves belonged to a Jewish family, we took pebbles with us rather than flowers as our act of rememberance.
Our ideas for the wreath were that the…
multi coloured flowers to symbolize the wide variety of unremembered from countries around the world, not just in the Commonwealth. We also made sure to include the yellow of our own hometown of Southport as well as colours like pink and purple to represent the women who served as volunteers in World War One.
buttons are all different shapes and sizes to show we are all unique.
flowers are the same shape because we were all fighting for the same cause.
butterflies are placed in North, South, East and West positions to represent the four corners of the world.
Watch this space for details of the Easter history competition....talk to relatives to find out if childhood in the 1960s and 1970s was really very different from your childhood today
Honouring and remembering those who have served their country.
Year 6 are helping to create a wreath for 'The Unremembered' (a Commonwealth project about the Labour Corp of World War One). We hope to take the wreath to Duke Street Cemetery where there are 6 graves of local people who served in this way.
Below are the graves of I Dannenberg, J Cullen and A Rimmer.
Year 6 are leading school worship for Commonwealth Day
This includes outlining what the Commonwealth is and how it grew out of the British Empire. It also shows why it is important for us today especially in terms of co-operation and campaigning on issues such as gender and racial equality.
Photos will follow below.
Here are some photos of entries into our half term Commonwealth Competitions.
Ancient Egyptians visit the Infants!
Year 6 History Ambassadors have been helping spread their love and knowledge of history again.
We have great History Ambassadors and helpers in Year 6 who volunteer to help others learn more about history. They are great role models for being active citizens. Today they hosted an exhibition called Hands on History for parents and children during Parents' Evening. This included a range of activities: Horrible History songs, costumed guides, books, games, timelines, artefacts, local history and photos of all the great activities classes undertake in history during the year.
Knowing our history is part of British Values.
Year 6 led a school worship time about the history of Britain since the Stone Age.
We finished with a prayer asking God to help us appreciate all the comforts that we have today.
For most of human history, most lives have been much harder than they are today.
This week we welcomed our local MP, Damien Moore.
He was given a tour of the school by two of our Year 6 History Ambassadors.
Year 6 got the opportunity to ask him questions. He was asked a range of questions.
What is it like being an MP?
How long do you work for in a week?
What can you do for Southport?
What is being done for the homeless?
What made you want to become an MP?
What is the best part of being an MP?
What kind of things do you debate about in Parliament?
He then visited the School Council who were busy analysing the Healthy Eating surveys.
The School Council organised for us to take part in Wacky Hair Day today as part of the Sefton Partnership, raising money for Alzheimer's research. Some photos are below
Mini competitions for February half term
Celebrate our Commonwealth
See the document below
A wonderful book we use to develop chronology and understanding of our country's history is 'A Street Through Time'...an extract is below
Have been busy with promoting fundraising such as Children in Need and more recently Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy and Wacky Hair Day (as part of the Southport Learning Partnership's fundraising for Alzheimer's). They have also been busy getting classes to think about healthy living and to create posters to encourage people to be healthier.
We will be supporting Commonwealth Day on Monday 12th March.
See the website link below
This year marks 100 years since the vote in the UK was extended to ordinary working men and to some women for the first time. We will be marking this later in the year and taking part
in Equaliteas in July.
We have our winners for our Australia competition.
Five Year 6 pupils put a tremendous effort into their entries for this competition. Their work was inspiring and informative. In the photos below you can see four of them receiving their prizes in worship time today. There are also photos of their work and the PowerPoints that three of them did.
Well done and thank you to them all.
Our History Ambassadors are keeping busy in 2018.
They are great role models of how to be active and helpful citizens.
They have been visiting the Infant Classes in historical costumes so that the children can ask questions about who they are supposed to be and what life was like in the past.
Year 2 pupils come on Thursday to work with the Chronology Buddies and get a sticker for giving answers to questions about how a town grew from the Stone Age to now. They do other things too like castle jigsaws and spot the mistake in history pictures.
News of another History competition!
Being an active citizen is part of our British Values. This means that we take an interest in and participate in the world around us, even when no-one is telling us we have to do so.
Knowing the history of this country helps us to appreciate the world we live in now.
So, if you love history, take a look at the Epic Era competition on the website below.
We show respect by being grateful for the sacrifices others have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. Year 6 have been learning about World War One. 1918 is the centenary year of the end of the war. To enter a great competition on this see the website below.
Part of British Values is showing mutual respect by helping other people. In the Autumn term we have done lots of fundraising. Just some examples of this are....we bought poppies for the British Legion, we raised money with Pudsey bear for Children in Need and here we are wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children
The Commonwealth Games are in AUSTRALIA in 2018
See the document below
Year 1 enjoyed learning about voting
Year 6 made more use of the Parliamentary loan box. They had a series of mini debates with different pupils acting as the Speaker who chose who would speak next.
Our Parliament Week events have begun
Today (13th November) Year 6 started the week with an assembly about how Parliament works.
See below for photos and a report on it.
The pupils had all written their own speeches for the debate which took place in assembly.
Each day, the Juniors will vote on a different topic
See the photos below
Reception and the infants will do their own voting and have the Speaker's oufit and Parliamentary props to use as well.
Our first British Values exhibition has already taken place. Over one hundred visitors came to see what we do in school about this. Year 6 guides explained what they have been learning about politics, democracy and debating. They were fabulous ambassadors for our school and our values.
Visitors from local schools were very impressed. We had great feedback from staff from Bishop David Sheppard Primary School, Great Crosby RC Primary and St John's Primary in Crossens as well as visitors from High Schools like Birkdale and Greenbank.
Later this week, a team of pupils will lead worship time. This will be a Remembrance Worship and reflection time
Next Monday Year 6 will lead worship about how Parliament works, including a debate about the use of smart phones for primary age children.
Mrs Edward announced in worship today (3.1..17) which petition had won and why.
It is the Year 2 idea of decorating the canteen with a healthy food themed display.
Well done to Year 2 for outlining their idea so thoughtfully and working hard to get so many signatures.
Our "British Values...exploring democracy exhibition" took place last night. Parents, siblings and staff from other schools came and were guided round by Year 6 pupils. They placed poppies on our Remembrance Tree, voted in our Should primary age children be allowed smart phones? debate and took time to see what we do in this school to promote British Values. See below for photos.
Year 6 practising debating in the style of Parliament
Should primary age children be allowed to have smart phones?
The speaker chose who would speak.
Pupils bobbed to get attention to speak.
After the speeches they called out Aye or No to show their opinion.
They moved into division lobbies to show their view
The result of this vote was…
A resounding Aye! There were just 6 people who voted No.
The photo below shows the winners. they look very pleased!
Year 6 now have the chance to apply to become our official history/politics ambassadors.
Here are some of them collecting the resources they need to help them learn more British history, ready for a test after half term.
School Council Meeting 18.10.17...democracy in action
This was an exciting meeting as councillors counted up their signature totals. They have still to be verified but some look to have got over 80 signatures
Pupils from each group had been busy thinking of idea about how to improve the canteen on a budget of £50. Some year groups had put together quite detailed proposals. All had got signatures from their own class and most had got signatures from other classes and even staff.
Signatures are currently being verified! The petitions with the most signatures will be sent to Mrs Edward for her consideration. Just like with government petitions, she might call pupils to give more detail or explain their ideas more. She may then decide to adopt the ideas or she may decide not to! Just like with our government, if there are enough signatures, she will give a response to explain her decision.
After that, councillors discussed the school wide campaign for after half term and ideas for raising money for Children in Need.
Tell your councillor if you have an idea….Voice your View!! There are a four photos below. For more photos see the link to the School Council page.
Year 6 being buddies to reception children
The buddy assembly last week was Year 6’s opportunity to welcome their reception buddy into our school.
Year 6 help the reception children settle in and they act as role models to them. It brings the best out in everyone!
Year 6…the art of debate in Geography again. Year 6 debated what the future of the rainforest should be. In doing so they also practised the parliamentary process of ‘bobbing’ to catch the attention of the speaker to try and get a turn in the debate. They had to state their point and then explain it. Simple key words to help with this were…because….so that...if. Key Geography vocabulary included indigenous….habitat…deforestation…extinct….endangered…favelas…and more! See the photos below. After the debate they wrote extended balanced arguments about what should happen in the rainforest.
Remembrance is about mutual respect but also about appreciating our values of freedom
Remembrance Display 2017
A team of Year 6 and Year 4 pupils is putting together a display for Remembrance Day. Most families have some connection to people who served (or are still serving) in various wars. This is not just soldiers. Many women served in World War Two in many ways. They might have been Land Girls, or worked in factories making weapons or they might have looked after evacuees. There have been more recent conflicts such as The Falklands War or soldiers sent to Afghanistan. We’d like as many photos as possible for this display.
British Value…Mutual respect
Shirley Potts, one of our governors, came to spend a maths session with Year 6 and talk to them about what they have been doing recently. She has watched them grow up since Year 1. We discussed the visit of the Gang Man and visits to high schools. We also discussed about the responsibilities that come with being the oldest in the schools and the jobs that we are trusted to do.
We run competitions to encourage pupils to take a wider interest in the world around them.
In history competitions we have had mini movies, news reports, code breaking and posters.
Our summer holiday competition was to write reviews/projects about places pupils loved visiting this summer. The winners are pictured below with their prizes.
We have registered for Parliament Week 13th-19th November 2017
Learning about democracy
Mrs Lund has returned from the Houses of Parliament.
There were 66 teachers on the course
Below is the first follow up session Year 6 had about the course.
Some of their questions had been answered.
Have you ever got lost in the Houses of Parliament?
What made you want to become an MP?
What is the most exciting thing about Parliament?
Is it hard to be an MP?
What is the actual role of the Prime Minister?
How many times are laws checked before they are made?
How could we get rid of the House of Lords if we thought it was a good idea to do so?
We strive to ensure that our children are well prepared for the world outside. We aspire for them to be tolerant, respectful of other cultures and faiths, be law abiding citizens and have a real life handle on our democratic system and understand how they can influence that for the good of themselves and others.
Whilst we have an ongoing whole school plan to ensure that we teach British Values and "Britishness" across each year group, we also ensure that we respond to current social and political events in the life of our country and across the world.