“Global Citizenship is when people from every country come together to make the world a better place” – Ali
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Lucky and privileged, interesting and informative, yesterday, Year Six were visited by a representative from The British Red Cross.
The British Red Cross are an international organisation who helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. They also help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.
Yesterday’s workshop was focussing on immigration, particularly on where people travel from and to. Surprisingly, the top 5 countries who receive the most refugees were not in Europe. In fact, most were directly next to the countries people were fleeing from, such as Turkey from Syria.
Here are some comments from us about what we learned and what we enjoyed about this workshop:
“Learning about The British Red Cross was really cool. We learnt about refugees and where they went from their country and what a refugee is.” – Jack
“From The British Red Cross, we learned that not only do they help with immigration but they also help homeless people too!” – Anthony
2015 – 2016
Recently, the Year Sixes have been learning about Global Citizenship and the importance of understanding our role as a citizen of the world, as well as of our local community and our country. We have discovered more about our planet and the problems it faces, but also how we can work together – as Global Citizens – to make our world a better place.
“Global Citizenship is about people who want to help our beautiful, blue, breathing planet stay alive. We need to learn about Global Citizenship because we can’t let these dangers go on – it’s important we keep her (and us) alive.” – Luke.
Showing The Love
Influential, interesting, important – the ‘Show the Love’ Campaign, which was launched by the Climate Coalition on Friday 5th February, is a fascinating campaign studied by Y6 in the last few weeks
The ‘Show The Love’ campaign is calling for a world powered by 100% clean energy within a generation. The coalition is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change.
Here is what First News, who are working in association with the Climate Coalition, have to say on this world-changing campaign:
There are more than 100 charities including WWF, National Trust, Oxfam and the National Union of Students, whose supporters have come together to show their love for all of the things that could be lost to climate change. They are asking politicians to put aside their differences and promise publicly to do whatever is necessary to protect people, places and things they love.
100% clean energy means ending the use of fossil fuels, such as coal, by 2050. This is vital if we are to keep rises in the temperature of the Earth below 1.5°C, which is the safest level. The campaign is calling for major investment in clean, renewable energy, green homes and transport to make sure our planet has a sustainable future.
As well as First News, the ‘Show The Love’ campaign has combined with world-famous author Michael Morpurgo to create an evocative five-minute film called I Wish For You.
Emotional and thought-provoking, powerful and real, this film shows a grandfather who writes an emotional letter to his granddaughter, declaring his love for her and describing the world that he wishes her to grow up in that climate change threatens. In later life, the grandchild rediscovers the letter and decides to do all she can to fulfil her grandfather’s wishes for the world.
Here is the film for you to watch:
Year Six have studied this film in great detail, and have since done a lot of thinking about who we would write such a letter to and what important message we would like to say to that person. We discussed what we would wish for the future of the planet, whether that be no more war and poverty or to solve global warming. We then set about writing our own informal letter to someone important in our lives, and what we wished for their future.
Here are copies of some of the letters we wrote to the important people in our lives…
WWF And Wear It Wild
The grrrrrreatest school day of the year!
Our Year Six classes have also been greatly interested in the charity WWF and the work that they undertake across the globe to support and protect our wildlife. We have learnt about the importance of protecting endangered and critically endangered species who, without the help of this charity, may not survive for much longer.
Prince Edward Primary School will be participating in Wear It Wild Day on 27th May 2016 (now the 20th May), when pupils (and teachers) are encouraged to dress up as their favourite wild animal to raise money for the WWF and wildlife around the world.
As part of our research into this important charity, Year Six have created our own fact files on some of the planet’s most endangered species supported by the WWF. While creating our fact files we learnt about what challenges each of these animals face on a daily basis, which are contributing massively to their decline in numbers.
Here are some of the Animal Fact Files that we made…
WEAR IT WILD DAY – UPDATE (20/5/2016)
Here are Prince Edward Primary’s KS2 fancy dress competition winners. What fantastic costumes!
Global Citizenship Day
Recently, the Y6s AND the Y5s of Prince Edward School joined forces for a Global Citizenship DAY. Excited and intrigued, interested and enthralled, both year groups mixed together for a day of learning about our planet.
We discovered all about our rights as children, and the differences between needs and wants. Needs are items which we actually need to survive: that we couldn’t live without. Wants are items that we would like, but aren’t essential for our survival.
Year Five and Year Six also learnt about education in other countries, such as China and Germany, and how their school life differs to ours.
The School Day in Germany – http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zy3jxnb
“I learned that schools in Germany take their shoes off and wear slippers and they eat hot dogs for their break-time and go home at 12:00opm.” – Ali.
A Typical School Day In a Primary School in China – (http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zdtjmp3)
After watching this clip, we found out that some schools in China have nearly 1000 pupils and at break-time, because they have SO MANY children and not enough space, all the pupils have to take part in an exercise regime, instead of playing outside (like we do).
Interestingly, we also learnt about the Haka, which is a traditional ancestral war cry/dance from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is famously performed by the New Zealand rugby team (the All Blacks) before all their international matches. As strong and intimidating as a Māori warrior, we even had a go at performing one ourselves!
“Global Citizenship Day was very good because we worked with other classes and when we worked in the classes we sang and danced – it was amazing!” – Charli
Music is different throughout the world and can often reflect the culture, lifestyle and beliefs of a nation or country. As well as discovering the New Zealand Haka on Global Citizenship Day, Year Six have also spent time studying African music and learning how to create our own songs and chants.
Year Six are really enjoying discovering more about our planet and what our role is as a Global Citizen.