World Refugee Day

 

It’s Refugee Week and World Refugee Day today.  We’ve been thinking about all the global learning we have done throughout the year about refugees. Last week we did our final edits of our news reports: 6 years on in the refugee camp and our dance review:  Refuge for Refugee dance that we performed at the Sands Centre for YouDance.  We are also continuing with our stories inspired by Elizabeth Laird’s Welcome to Nowhere.

For Refugee Week, we are sharing some of this writing. We’d love to hear what people think about it.  You can read more about how we constructed our writing in the GLP section of our school website here.

Read Keira’s refugee story (work in progress – more stories to follow – deadline the end of term!)

refugee story Keira

Read some of our news reports

Keira    Lewis    Flynn    Hannah    Dom    Rosie C    Rosie G    Tyan

Read our dance reviews

Keira  Dom & Ty   Ella Hannah   Jack & Jonny   Lewis, Flynn & Henry   Oscar & Ben   Rosie & Rosie  Alex Tyan Kara

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Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

All week, we’ve been on a mission to finish this most amazing book.  We have done it!  It’s had us on the edge of our seats, filled us with emotion & empathy(especially Mrs Yates!) and has been totally inspiring for our own writing. Full of action, detailed description and personal reflection of the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis by the main character, Omar.  It’s got to be one of the best class books we’ve read at school so far…

You can read all about the book here

Watch this space for Year 6’s own stories about the journey of a refugee, also our news articles about Life on a Refugee camp six years on, and letters to a refugee recently arrived to the UK.

Thank you Elizabeth Laird for writing this wonderfully informative book. Along with After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross and Hidden by Miriam Halahmy, it has complemented everything we have done in connection with our ‘refuge for refugees’ learning this term, but also over the last six years as we have witnessed the Syrian conflict.

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Digging deep in P4C around the concept of ‘hatred’

 

Today, our P4C enquiry used a thought-provoking stimulus by getting us to imagine what it would be like to wear an ‘invisibility ring’ for a day.  We reflected on ‘What would we do?’ then ‘What should we do?’

Dominic and Kara’s question: Is the world full of hatred as much as we think it is? was a popular choice by everyone. Our enquiry focused around unpacking the concept of hatred in relation to humans as individuals and more globally, in relation to example countries. We made the distinction between hatred and disliking and discussed whether there are different degrees of hatred.  We loved Oscar’s suggestion of a ‘special machine’ to measure hatred around the world and this provided a creative and mathematical way for us to represent our ideas in relation to the question.  This creative activity also helped us to ‘lift’ our thinking in a positive way after the enquiry and enabled us to respond to the bombing in Manchester this week within our P4C class community.

Oscar: “I was just thinking. I agree with Flynn because you don’t know how much hatred there is in the world. You haven’t got this special machine which tells you how much arguing at once is going on in the world.  It’s not possible. It just happens but I do think there is less hatred in the world than disliking.”

Other questions generated today from the rest of the group included:-

Is power always a good thing?

Is it fair to help yourself when someone else is in need?

Is bad always bad?

Is it bad to be good?

Why is the world full of injustice?

 

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Forest School

It has been fantastic to get back out into the woods with Year Reception and Year 1 again this term. We have really enjoyed noticing all the changes and new growth since we were in the woods in December. There has been lots of building and exploring going on and we have found some lovely wildlife including frogs, beetles, caterpillars and a blackbird’s nest. We have even tried our hand at foraging with carpets of wood sorrel to nibble on.

 

 

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Crumble

The Year 2, 3 and 4s have really loved playing with Crumble Controllers over the last couple of weeks. We have had a go at programming switches, sparkles (LED lights) and motors.

 

 

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Hearing about refugees from our Christian Aid visitor

A great visit today with Laura who is the Regional Co-ordinator for Cumbria for Christian Aid. All the school took part in an assembly about the refugee crisis and hearing about the Christian Aid campaign #changethestory   Then Year 5/6 were introduced to the most amazing and engaging board game based on a refugee journey from war zone to a safe place.  Next week, Year 5/6 will be using this experience to help them role play being journalists interviewing young refugees in a camp in Lebanon to produce a news article as part of their writing assessment.  The Year 5/6 also performed their Refuge for Refugee dance for Laura too!

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River Day

Years 2, 3 and 4 had a fabulous time visiting the River Lyvennet today despite some rather soggy weather. We looked at the new meanders and saw lots of frogs before carrying out fieldwork on the Lyvennet in Maulds Meaburn. We investigated the flow of the river, looked at what lived in the river and sketched features of the river. We were all amazed by how many creatures we found. Of course we also found time for some games of Pooh-sticks too!

 

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Armathwaite School in the news with our visitor from Syria

The day started with the Year 5/6 performing their Refuge for Refugee dance for Mohammed and Anthony from Global Link in Lancaster, welcoming them to our school.  Border TV also turned up so it was very exciting to be filmed for that.  Next, the Year 5/6 had their workshop – the children asked some amazing questions.  After lunch, Mohammed and Antony spent time in both of the younger classes.  At the end of the school day (after more photos with the News & Star and the Cumberland News) the children performed their U-Dance to a large group of parents who then had time at the en for their own questions.

After school, Antony and Mohammed provided a CPD training session for all the staff, governor and parents.

Watch this space for the children’ comments

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Bottle Flipping in Maths!

Year 5 and 6 were very excited today to carry out their bottle flipping investigation in maths.  Mrs Yates set the class a challenge to work out the optimum percentage of water that would do the best ‘bottle flip’.  The children also had to apply all their knowledge of fractions, percentages, decimals, ratios and units of measurement in capacity in how they recorded their investigation.  Mrs Yates went around to each group asking lots of tricky questions to check our recall of converting millilitres to litres and whether our understanding of finding equivalents was secure.

The Maths Zone was VERY noisy all afternoon as the class devised different ways of tallying the statistics for a successful ‘bottle flip’ and not to mention much talk about the optimum number of degrees that would be needed to turn the bottles.

When they pooled their results, they found out that the optimum percentage for a successful ‘bottle flip’ was in a range of 20% to 30% of water.  They worked out that for a 500ml bottle that is a range of 100ml to 150ml.  Some of the group really stretched themselves by using bottles with a more complicated capacity such as 395 ml or 330ml bottles.

Now the class want to link this in with their current science learning about materials to explore if it is possible to do a bottle flip with sand or saw dust and what would be the optimum amount for the best ‘bottle flip’.

 

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Healthy Living Club

Look at some of the fun we’ever been having at Healthy Living Club. Last week we made delicious fruit kebabs and then were busy putting up bird boxes and bird feeders outside.

 

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