World trade rules are unfair and often disadvantage developing countries. Today, Primary 5 explored international trade issues to try and find out how this has happened.
We were divided into ten groups, each representing a different country:
- A most developed country (e.g.France, Canada)
- A less developed country (e.g. India, South Africa)
- A least developed country (e.g. Honduras, Kenya)
Each country was given an envelope containing raw materials (e.g. paper) and/or technology (e.g. scissors). The materials and technology differed from country to country, according to their level of development. With the contents of their envelopes, the countries were asked to produce shapes; each shape representing a monetary value they could redeem by depositing in either the Bank of Deas or Valentine’s Bank. The goal of the game was to gain as much wealth as possible.
It didn’t take long for us to discover that the contents of our envelopes were not equally distributed; some did not have enough raw materials or technology to produce any of the shapes. In order for us to do so, we had to negotiate and trade with other countries.
Everyone soon become extremely engaged in the game and there was a real buzz about the room. We were eager to produce tip top shapes and were very active in negotiating and trading with each other. However, there was some very underhand dealings going on! Not all countries were cooperative and helpful; selling resources at astronomical costs, counterfeit goods were being cashed in at the bank, there was dodgy trading at one of the banks and even some materials being sold on the black market by Miss King!!
The afternoon was a great success, especially for Canada who earned an impressive £22,000. Everyone gained a better understanding of the situation Third World countries find themselves in such as Tanzania who only managed to bank £3,150.
Well done to everyone involved.
Primary 6b have been very busy this week working on their mental maths skills.
Lots of us find mental maths tricky so we wanted to find a fun way to develop our mental strategies. To help with this we worked in groups to practice our fraction, multiplication and division skills. To make this more fun, we worked in small groups to try out some new mental maths puzzles. These included loop cards, tarsia puzzles and jigsaws. We found this fun because we are working together and discussing different ways of solving problems.
Over the next few weeks we will continue practising
these skills and have some fun along the way!
Primary 6 and 6/7 pupils at St Nicholas Primary have been using the school’s new Eco Zone blog to share the work they have been doing while campaigning to raise awareness of Fair-Trade. It has all been very exciting! As well as getting pupils, staff and friends of the school to decorate 406 flags to send off to the Fairtrade Foundation (and help smash the world record for the longest and fairest bunting) they are embarking on a really exciting social enterprise initiative, inspired by the success of their Fairtrade campaign. View the pics below for a snapshot of what they got up to or visit the blog and follow their journey as they develop their social enterprise project. https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/wl/stnicholasecozone/
Primary 6/7 love their class Glow group and it has become an integral part of learning in our class. They regularly use the discussion boards and links to other resources outside of school, so creating the Snow School area for them to access this week was an obvious way of keeping in touch. I added a selection of challenges, discussion boards and a place for them to upload their snow photographs. There is also the opportunity for us to link up via web cam in the Glow Meet area. They have made me laugh – popping in to let me know they appreciate it and think it’s a great idea… but they’re far too busy with sledges and snowmen to do any real work!
We used a web tool to make a newspaper clipping of reports that we wrote. We think www.fodey.com is great fun. It’s really cool to see our writing come out as a newspaper article!
Primary 6/7 at St. Nicholas Primary in Broxburn are cycling along with Alex and his team with an exercise bike in their classroom. You can watch the pupils in the class cycle through a live stream in Glow, click here to access this. Today when Miss Burton got on our bike we had a record of 45 classes and people watching our bike ride, schools from around West Lothian and the Glow Team from LTS logged in to support her on her journey and we received lots of tweets.
A big well done to all the Primary 7s in Ms Allsopp’s class today, they had a very busy morning glowing. First of all they all logged into Glow for the first time, which was very exciting and investigated the new Glow Light.
Each home team chose a different cyclist. In their Auld Alliance Glow Group they used web links to research their cyclist. Then they used Purple Mash to make a profile and uploaded this onto Glow. Finally they used a Discussion Board to peer assess each others profile cards. You can view their work by clicking here.
One hometeam used Purple Mash to make a newspaper article about their visit to Howden Park Centre on Friday to wish Alex and the team farewell. You can view the article by clicking here.
They also watched Primary 6/7 at St. Nicholas Primary who started their bike ride today. We recognised Robbie from the Glow Meet last week. You can also watch the class cycling live by clicking here.
A big well done to Primary 7 … An excellent morning Glowing!