On Thursday 28th February, we held a debate in Year 5 in preparation for writing a discussion text next week. To link in with ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, we worked in groups to plan an argument ‘for’ or ‘against’ a Fairtrade issue. We turned the classroom into a debating chamber and even had a mace present to represent the monarch! All children put their ideas forward confidently and several children demonstrated excellent debating skills by responding enthusiastically towards comments made by their peers. Each argument ended with a democratic vote to represent our ‘British Values’.
Today in Year 5 we learnt what it is like for chocolate producing countries around the world by completing a trading challenge. The aim was to produce as many chocolate bars as possible in order to make money. However, some countries had more/less resources/money than others so there was plenty of negotiating occurring! A valid learning point was made and the children reflected thoughtfully on the task.
We have continued our activities in relation to WW1 this week. We created sunset landscapes of the battlefields, commemorative poppies for our window display and have written letters in the voice of a soldier in the trenches, focusing on the 1914 Christmas Day truce. We acted out the truce on the playground to help us to imagine it taking place.blob:file:///ecacb84b-55c8-4bb3-9d9d-72473ca388d9
To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, Year 5 will be taking part in a range of related activities this week.
Today we read a beautiful story called ‘The Best Christmas Present in the World’ by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the story of the 1914 Christmas Day truce. We reflected on the story and how it made us feel.
We then learnt about life in trenches for a soldier and went on to create mini models of trenches from soil, lollipop sticks and other bits and bobs. Everybody enjoyed this task and talked about the features such as periscopes, barbed wire defences and sandbags.
These tasks are preparing us to write letters in the role of a soldier in the trenches, explaining his experience to his family. We will write these later on in the week.
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