Bluebirds have been busy learning all about Nelson Mandela today and finding out why he is so significant in history.
Frankie – He retired in 1999 Jacinta – Nelson was in prison for 27 years. Millie – it wasn’t fair for people to be separated because of their skin colour. Blessed – He stood up to the government and was sent to prison. Ryan – He died on 5th Dec 2013 with a lung illness. Amaya – I think it’s good he stood up for black people else this could still be happening in the world now. Havana – He went to university to be a lawyer. Dylan – It was brilliant because it was really unfair for black people. Lexi – I think it’s rally unfair he went to prison because when was just standing up for the rights of black people.
This week, Bluebirds talked about voting fairly to choose our school councillors for this academic year. The rules were:
1) Vote for one boy and one girl
2) Do not vote for yourself
3) Do not ask others to choose you / just choose your best friend.
4) Keep your votes private
We decided what qualities were needed as these children need to be responsible role models with good listening and communication skills. Before we voted, we checked who would not want to do the role as not everyone necessarily wants to do this job!
Mrs Parry read the class a story about a Finnish boy called Sami who was starting a new school. Afterwards, Bluebird considered all his different feelings throughout the story. The children each had a feeling word which they held up at the relevant part of the story to show their understanding of his feelings.
Lily, Lexi and Blessed shared with the class how they felt when they joined Bells Farm. They were also excited at the start and felt a bit anxious and nervous. They were glad they were made to feel welcome by the other class members and could remember who was their special friend, assigned to look after them during their first few days, whilst they settled in.
Today, Bluebirds learnt that everyone has at least one gift or talent they are particularly good at. All the children shared together what their gift or talent was. Mrs Parry showed the children some novelty birthday cakes she had decorated!
Here are some of the gifts and talents in our class:
Afterwards, the children played a quick game matching animals to their talents and how they used it to help them.
Bluebirds have spent this morning designing their own theme parks. After creating their own persuasive leaflet to advertise their park, everyone took turns to present their sales pitch to the rest of the class. It was like a TV episode of Dragon’s Den!
Jani – I have a ride called Doom Changer Esmay – My park has an Emoji Fun Van Kai – My lark has a unique jet ride and glow in the dark Ferris wheel Taya – Mine has a flower garden for old people and a balloon shop Harley – My park has animal hybrids and an aquarium
Afterwards, all the class had the opportunity to move around each table to see the quality of the leaflets and decide which one was attractive and effective for its purpose. This was a really difficult decision as there were so many original thoughts and ideas! The children each voted for their favourite three in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. They had to choose three separate ones and were not able to pick their own leaflet.
Last week in PSHE, Bluebirds shared together examples of when they have needed to have courage.
Here is an anonymised list of things that some of the class would need courage for:
► Jumping off a diving board.
► Going on a fair ride.
► Rock climbing.
► Performing in an assembly.
► Trying to swim without armbands.
► Sitting a test or exam.
► Climbing a tall climbing frame/a great height.
► Going in a lift.
► Touching a snake, spider or cockroach.
► Performing a new move at gymnastics or trampolining.
► Feeding big animals at the zoo.
► Going down a zip wire.
► Standing a horse.
Bluebirds decided on the whole, people should still try something new and challenge themselves even if they are scared.
Harley – You are scared at first but eventually become brave to do something courageous. Shona – You should show your bravery.
The children wrote poems about having courage and what they are scared of.
This week in RE, the children explored courage through the Islamic story of The Year of the Elephant. The children identified the courage of Abdul Muttalib when he had to make decision and also the birds when they defended the house.
Bluebirds considered their responsibilities both at school and home today.
Jani – I am responsible for putting my dirty laundry in the basket. KeXin – I have to tidy my bedroom. Nashe – I have to look after my younger brother. Shona – I have to make my own breakfast. Scarlette – Sometimes I have to hang the washing on the line.
Afterwards, the children got into small groups and mimed a responsibility for other pupils to guess.
Bluebirds thought about choices they make on a daily basis such as:
Harley: What time I wake my Mum up Lewis: deciding when to start dressing for school Moharnab: choosing a partner in class Nyeema: choosing what to eat for breakfast Esmay: Choosing to listen carefully to the swimming instructor today Mason: On a computer game you can mute someone being horrible to you and tell an adult
We considered what wise choices we have to make at play time and lunch time and realised we need to make good and right choices to have the most fun and learn as much as possible. If we do this, we also enable other to have fun and learn too.
Mrs Parry brought in a special book that she had as a little girl and read them the story of Pinocchio. The children listened out for both the unwise and wise choices he made along the way and discovered how how Pinocchio developed his own conscience and we do as we grow up, learning the difference between right and wrong and being independent to judge whether to act correctly.
Finally, Bluebirds made a “conscience alley” and Nashe had to walk to either side of the alley, hearing reasons for and against staying up really late to watch television on a school night! The children had to think of a possible reason for the side they were allocated on!
Why should I do it? Jan: Because you can watch any TV which is fun Ryan: You can watch late night TV programmes. They might be scary Brooke: You can sneak out too if you stay up late!
Why shouldn’t I do it? Leo: You’ll be late to school if you can’t get up very well as you’d be tired Frankie L: Because your mum will tell you off Scarlette: Because you’ll end up falling asleep in class Mason: Because you will be grounded and unable to play on your X Box
In Talk Partners, Bluebirds thought of examples of when they had made wise choices in their lives. Moharnab: I decided to only eat healthy cereal Kerris: I decided to listen to teachers better than I did in Year 1 so I know what to do now. Zaynab: Before I do something, I consider and think about what could happen next Taya: If someone is mean to me I choose to ignore them and tell a teacher instead of answering them back.
Today, Bluebirds have supported Comic Relief by wearing red and donating £1 to the charity. The class was very bright and cheerful and included beetle boppers and plenty of red noses! Giving money to charity is a way of being caring which is our value word for March.
We also said our goodbyes to Miss Timerick, who has been working with Bluebirds since Christmas, successfully completing her final teaching placement. We wish her well for the future. Good Luck!