We have been learning more about the work of the charity Smalls for All and how it helps people in some African countries by providing new underwear and funding the education of some children. The Smalls for All group had the opportunity to interview Maria MacNamara MBE, the charity’s founder, recently and they were inspired to hear how her actions have made a difference to the lives of so many others. Classes have also been discussing whether clean pants are a “need” or a “want”, as well as finding out more about the lives of some of the children helped by the charity. This learning has been related to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
The Smalls for All group would like to thank everyone for making the “Pants Fun Day” such a success. We collected hundreds of pairs of pants – they filled 8 big bags! We have given them all to the charity and they will send them to children in Africa. They hope to give each child 3 pairs of pants for Christmas.
Thank you for all your competition entries in the “Design a Pair of Pants” competition. There were so many wonderful designs and it was really hard to judge the competition. Pam from the charity helped us to pick the winners and runners-up: P1-3 Runner-Up – Ethan Lawson P3/2, P1-3 Winner – Calum Platt P3a, P4-7 Runner-Up – Emily Poskitt P5b, P4-7 Winner – Holly Bisset P6a. Well done to all!
Thank you to all the people that entered the “Guess the Monkey’s Birthday” competition. We asked Maria and Pam from Smalls for All to pick a date. The date they picked was the 10th of August as this was the day that the charity started. Unfortunately no-one picked this actual date but the nearest date to this that was picked was the 8th of August and it was picked by Alannah Charlesworth P3b. Congratulations! We raised £66.75 from the monkey competition and donations. This money will go to the charity to help fund education for children in other countries.
We would like to say a big thank you to all who supported our “Pants Fun Day”. You were PANTASTIC!
Thank you to everyone that supported our Toilet Twinning challenge. There were lots of bright colours worn on the day and lots of change was placed on our “Rainbow Toilet”! Our Target was to raise £60 so that we could twin with one toilet in another country and we are pleased to announce we raised a total of £206.94!!! This will be enough to twin with at least 3 toilets! Many thanks for helping us support this charity that helps to provide toilets, clean water and health education to people in other countries. This has supported us in working towards some of the Global Goals: Water and Sanitation, Good Health and Well-being and Quality Education.
On Sunday 27th of November it was the Williamston Primary School Christmas fayre and the Fairtrade Pupil Leadership Group set up a stall selling; floating dragonflies, leather and fabric friendship bracelets and sparkly sequin pens. We were successful in selling most of the items but some were not sold. We are going to be selling them on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at break this week in Miss Brown’s classroom. The cost of all items are £1 other than the sparkly pens which cost £2.
In addition to this, some members of the group went round the fayre asking parents their opinion on the school having Fairtrade school uniform items. Thank you to all parents who took part in this survey and for supporting Fairtrade at our fayre.
The International Film Club has started after school on Tuesdays. We will be watching a series of films with an international theme or link. We have already watched a short film called The Barrel about a boy living near an oil field in Venezuela. We had to concentrate hard as the film was in Spanish with English subtitles! We are now watching an animation film made by a Japanese director and animation company. The film is called Ponyo and it is a magical adventure film about a fish who changes into a girl after she is discovered trapped in a jar at the seashore by a little boy. We are enjoying it so far!
We are delighted to announce that we have once again been awarded the Fairtrade School Award. This award is now called the FairAchiever Award. This award recognises our school community’s support of Fairtrade through our curriculum, policies and special events. Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents who help us support Fairtrade. This year the Fairtrade Group will continue to lead the school in developing this work further.
In P4a this week we have been busy with our literacy learning. We read a selection of “blurbs” from our class and group reading books and then created a blurb of our own for a book of our choice. We were careful not to give away the ending! We wrote another imaginative story too. We looked at our self-evaluation sheets on our stories from the previous week and tried to meet our writing targets. We also started learning about different types of words: nouns, adjectives and verbs.
In maths, we have been counting in 1s, 10s, 100s, and 1000s and finding the number 1, 10, 100, or 1000 more or after a given number.We also had an assessment on place value to see what we have understood and what we still need to work on.
In our Water Topic, we learned about how water is treated and cleaned before it comes to our houses. We watched videos to discover more about the different processes involved and we investigated filtration by filtering some dirty, muddy water using filter paper.
We have been learning about The Global Goals as part of The World’s Largest Lesson. There are 17 goals that aim to end poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The focus goal for 2016 is Gender Equality. We heard a story about a girl called Malala who campaigns for the right of girls to go to school. We read a comic strip cartoon about gender equality too – Chakra the Invincible – which is set in Mumbai. We all had homework to complete where we had to find out if the important people and leaders in our local area and country are male or female. We are looking forward to studying the results soon. All this links with the UNCRC and our Rights Respecting Schools work – Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education.
We have had a good first term in P4a, but there’s lots more to come after the holidays. Happy holidays!
It’s been a short week after our September weekend but we still managed to fit in some exciting things!
In P.E this week with Mr Muldoon we did circuit training – We did exercises such as, planks, hula hoops, burpees, star jumps, press ups and cycle supreme! We feel very fit now!
With Ms MacDonald, we worked on ‘Global goals’ – ‘The World’s largest lesson’! We worked on trying to recycle more, lesson pollution and looked at Malala Yousafzai and how she had the confidence to write her book/speeches about girls’ education.
Today was a very important and exciting day for Primary 7, yet again! Today we watched presentations from our House Captain candidates! We will find out on Monday who our new Captains will be and will update our blog/Twitter with this news!
Come back next week for an update on our learning!