Our theme for this week has been ‘How have black people inspired the world?’ We have also talked about enjoying the fact that we’re all different and making sure we treat people equally despite our differences. To give the children a fuller and deeper experience of the theme, we gave them the opportunity to take part in cultural dance and movement workshops to live drumming.
They learnt some Zulu dances and some of the chants used to free Nelson Mandela amongst other things!
Year 2 visited Birmingham Airport partly to gain an understanding of how transport has changed throughout time and also to do some data collection and maths work.
Here’s what some of them thought …
I liked going into the ‘Flight School’ and watching the aeroplanes out of the window. Maia
We had to make up and design our own plane. Alex
We went on the airport shuttle bus. Kyra
We found out lots of information for our timeline about flight. Ronan
Year 6 returned from France having had an amazing time, during which they learnt an enormous amount!
They visited D-day landing beaches, the American, British and German war cemeteries, Pegasus Bridge and the Bayeux Tapestry. On top of all this, they haggled at the Bayeux market, purchased souvenirs in a French hypermarket and experienced French food and drink.
Thanks must go to the staff that organised the trip and those that took them. Mr Viner, Mrs Groves, Miss Tuppen, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Benson all deserve a special mention!
Year 4 had a fantastic time kicking off their unit of work inspired by ‘extreme survival’! They put up their own tents, learnt how to purify water, made fires and shelters. They camped overnight and had a thoroughly good time. It was great for them to be independent and push themselves in new ways.
The whole school were involved, one class at a time in creating truly mysterious sounding music, using traditional ‘Gamelan’ instruments from Bali. We wanted children to have a ‘spiritual’ experience of music making and to be inspired by the sound of somewhere far away. Global Citizenship is something we are passionate about and this day, culminating in a concert with all children playing really matched our intentions. You can see the concentration on the children’s faces as they tried to remember their parts!
“I learnt that in Indonesia they play gongs.” Sofia Asha (year 1)
“I liked hearing the gongs go from the low sounds to the high sounds”. Harry (year 1)
“It wasn’t any music I had heard in England before. It made me happy because it is good to learn different things.” Hamish (year 2)
“Because that music was good I think other music would be good as well and it was quite unusual.” Miranda (year 2)
“When I played the gong it inspired me to want to learn a new instrument.” Archie (year 4)
“It was exciting because I learnt to play a new instrument which I would never have had the opportunity to play.” Alexa (year 4)
“It was fantastic hearing such a unique sound.” Kellan (year 5)
“I really enjoyed learning about new cultures.” Mia (year 5)
“We were learning about music from a different part of the world but also having great fun!” Hayley Jane (year 6)
Fortunately there have been very few instances of bullying at Clinton, and these are dealt with extremely quickly. Each year the whole school reflects upon the effects of bullying and what we can all do about it if it ever occurs.
Here are their messages:
Always think before you speak and only say nice things! (Year 1)
Give your friends advice is they are being bullied, and don’t ever be a bully yourself! (Year 2)
If you see something, say something! (Year 3)
Stand up for your friends if they’re being bullied and help them tell an adult. (Year 4)
Use your network of trusted adults to share how you’re feeling. (Year 5)
If someone or a group of people are making you feel sad several times, on purpose, it sounds like bullying. Tell an adult. (Year 6)