During the first week back at school, class Cedar completed some team building activities. One included working in our table teams to plan and build a structure, made only of paper and straws, that could be strong enough to hold either a 500g or 1kg weight. Or if we were lucky, both...
"I really enjoyed making the structure but putting the weights on was hard. We found the 500g easy but the 1kg was harder. It collapsed our structure!" - Barney. W
"Ours didn't work but we had teamwork and that's what matters!" - Leigh. S
"We learnt that ours should have been a little lower." - Kira. H
"The first attempt might not work but persevere and you will get there eventually." - Phoenix. C
" We worked as a team and worked really hard. We learnt it's not all about the winning, it's all about the fun. We all persevered and tried super hard." - Alfie. W
On the 30th of March, to link in with our topic, we identified that water shortage is a problem within some parts of Africa.
Miss Thurston showed us 10 litres of water in a tank and told us that this represents the total amount of water in the world. Believe it or not, only 3% of this is classed as fresh water. This was then removed from the tank and the remaining water had salt added to it to represent the oceans and seas.
Of the amount of fresh water removed, 2% of this usable water is tied up in ice caps. This was then transferred to ice-cube trays to show us visually. Miss Thurston explained that staggeringly, 99% of the fresh water that is left is not up to drinking quality because of pollution. This means that only 1% is fresh, usable drinking water.
(You can look at the pictures below to see what we did).
After lots of discussion we worked in our table teams to discuss factors we thought might affect the water scarcity within Africa: a world map showing the water scarcity data; a graph of the water usage around the world; a photograph of Africa during a drought; a photograph of a well and a photograph of money.
In groups, we discussed how these different factors can impact the water shortage in Africa and how important it is for this continent.
Weaving a God's Eye
For our topic this term of 'Around the World', Miss Thurston taught us about the importance of God's Eyes within Mexican culture. The Ojo de Dios (Eye of God in Spanish) is woven with yarn and wood, often with several colours. We learned that, traditionally, they were created for celebrations or blessings. Some families would present it as a gift to others or provide it for the purpose of blessing a home. The weaving of a God's Eye is an ancient and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples within South America.
During this lesson we learned many skills: weaving, patience, hand-eye-coordination, perseverance and teamwork.
If the children would like to try this again at home, then go to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBasu24q-xE&safe=active
On Tuesday 18th October we had a lovely visit from Mrs Sanders (Mr Sanders’ Mum). She told us lots about Evacuation in World War II. We had the experience of learning things we had never known before, such as how she occupied herself through the times of WWII.
We are very thankful that we could hear from a primary source of WWII and we learnt a lot about WWII that we didn’t already know.
Thank you Mrs Sanders from Year 6.