Refugee Week – We Cannot Walk Alone

We have been celebrating refugee week this week across school. In year 6 we have been exploring media portrayal of refugees and asylum seekers as well as using Eoin Colfer’s graphic novel ‘Illegal’ in order to support us to walk in the shoes of a refugee on their journey to safety.

Eoin Colfer’s fantastic graphic novel

What could the people in these images have been saying?

On Friday afternoon we were visited by a speaker from Amnesty International who spoke to us about human rights and the creation of the human rights work as well as how this applies to refugees.

Moth Day 2021

As part of our evolution and inheritance work in Science we have spent today celebrating “Moth Day”. The stimulus for this was the text ‘Moth’ by Isabel Thomas and with lovely illustrations by Daniel Egneus.

our text of the day.

We used the story to help us track the stages of adaptation of the peppered moth (Biston betularia).

This afternoon we then looked at a research paper from the University of Manchester which measured moth populations in Leeds. We used their academic data to plot the moth populations. We then drew conclusions from this data and compared with the findings from the paper abstract.

Titeuf avec l’Institut Francais

This afternoon Year 6 attended a Cine Lumiere screening of 4 episodes of the famous Swiss comic series Titeuf followed by a bi-lingual workshop learning how to create comics in the style of Titeuf.

We found the episodes really funny and loved having a go at creating our own characters in this style!

A visit from UK Parliament

Following our drivers of activism and democracy, yesterday we had a virtual visit from the education team at UK Parliament.

Introduction to the House of Commons.

The children looked at the different parts of the building and learnt about some of the history of the Houses of Parliament. Then we looked at how our democracy works in the UK as well as the different components of the Houses of Parliament and how a law is written.

The importance of debate.

We were able to participate using the chat and the children asked lots of great questions and made some excellent suggestions about campaigns that they would raise or the purpose of different laws.

A Visit from Tom Palmer

This afternoon Year 6 were delighted to have a Q&A session with the Leeds ‘born & bred’ author Tom Palmer.

Tom spoke to us about the inspiration for many of his historical novels as well as his undying love of football (and Leeds United!)
Year 6 asked him many excellent questions about how he had become a writer, his favourite books and other football-related questions!

Hopefully some of our young people were inspired by today’s session and could see themselves becoming Writers one day!

The Power of Maths

This morning we tuned in again to the Tower Hamlets sessions this time discussing the ‘Power of Maths’ and how two KPMG employees use this in their everyday jobs.

The Power of Maths

We discussed the creativity and problem-solving in Maths. Also the fact that it doesn’t matter which Language you speak – Maths is the same. It’s a universal language for people.

Maths comes into all areas of your life particularly in Engineering or Computer Science. Maths makes you feel really clever if you are good at it.

Working at KPMG if a client comes to you with a problem you need to work out how we will solve this. We need to look at how many people we will need to fix this and how much this will cost. We also need to review reports to keep track of the numbers, time-scales and costs involved.

Coding is all about Maths, patterns and problems. Maths help you to look at things in a logical and pattern-based way.
Noone is born being good at Maths you need to practise and take time to learn patterns. The more you do the more you might like it 🙂

If people don’t like Maths why do you feel this way? Is it because you don’t understand? Not everyone needs to be a serious Mathematician but don’t let other people tell you if you’re good or not good at something.

Don’t think you’re not clever enough or not good enough. Everyone needs to practise 🙂

Maths is a subject where if you put the time in you WILL get better. Maths is everywhere it’s not just in the classroom!

We use Maths to work out time differences for when we can call our family.

What if you’re behind iin Maths?

Work with a friend or somebody who’s better at Maths and ask them for advice. What did they do to get there?
Keep practising – ask for help and keep practising those skills.

If I’m not good at Maths can I be good at Coding?

Absolutely! If you try hard at Maths though, this can HELP you with Coding 🙂 Everyone thinks a little bit that they’re not good at Maths!