Kenyan talk by Mr Ralston

Mr Ralston visited our class on Friday and gave a very interesting talk to the class about his visits to Kenya. Through the Boys Brigade organisation and their fundraising, Mr Ralston was able to make several visits to Kenyan schools and children centres to help them to improve their facilities. In a powerpoint he showed us some of the people and children he was able to help.

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 Mr Ralston told us a lot about the everyday life of the Kenyan people he met and the amazing experiences he had on safari and when visiting the Mara Maasai Game Reserve.  He passed around several Kenyan artefacts and Kenyan money.
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The class thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the children asked many good questions throughout. Mr Ralston was impressed with the class and commented on their good knowledge of Kenya and their obvious enthusiasm to learn more. 

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Kenyan Open Morning

On Wednesday’s open morning, the class had a chance to show off all their inter-disciplinary learning from our term’s topic on Kenya. Thank you to parents who managed to come along to this event. For those that were unable to make it, here are a few photos of our classroom displays.

The Banana Chain

The class were split into the five working groups involved in the banana chain: Plantation owners, banana workers, shippers, exporters & ripeners, supermarket owners. Each group learned about their job and all the difficulties and costs they have to deal with. 

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If each banana sells for 20p, then how much of this should each working group get? Who should get the larger share? Who should get the smallest share? Each group argued their case and worked out how the 20p should be split.

IMG_9098 IMG_9099 IMG_9100 IMG_9102  The pupils learned that the banana farmers get paid the smallest and the supermarkets get the largest amount.  No matter how hard they work, the farmers will remain poor. 

The class have learned how Fairtrade helps farmers to get out of poverty. We watched a film that shows how Fairtrade has helped Kenyan Tea farmers to improve their working conditions and the lives of their community.

Book Reviews

For World Book Day the class wrote book reviews on fiction books that we have enjoyed reading this term. We wrote about the plot, the characters and why we recommended the book to friends.

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These were displayed nicely together with 3D drawings of them reading their book. We added a speech bubble with our positive thoughts on reading books. These attractive posters will be judged by Mrs Berry and Mrs Small next week, and the winner will choose a book from our school ‘Book Fair’. They will have a tough time choosing a winner as everybody did an excellent job with this writing and drawing task!

Froid et Chaud

P1/2 and P3/4 are continuing to learn French each week with Mrs Scott. Through a variety of games and activities, the children learn many new words and phrases each week.

This is a hide and seek game. One child leaves the room and another child hides a toy. When the child returns and tries to find the toy, the rest of the children call “froid” (cold) or “chaud” (hot) to guide them to finding it. It was a fun and noisy game!

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Our Bake Sale

Our class enjoyed organising this term’s bake sale. It was popular with everyone in the school including nursery and the playgroup. The P3/4 enjoyed being in charge of selling the delicious cakes and biscuits and it was good experience for reinforcing working with money and giving the correct change. It was a busy morning! Thank you to the mums who helped out.

We raised £62.05!

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Making a mud house

We have been looking at Kenyan lifestyles. Most Kenyans live in big cities like Nairobi or Mombasa. In rural Kenya, people live in small houses. Some of these houses are made from mud.

James, our janitor worked with the class in small groups to build our own mud house.