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GBA Actioneers 2017/18

A new year and new things to learn and discuss!  This year we are beginning to work towards the Rights Respecting School Award and will use GBA Actioneers as a vehicle to look at the Convention in addition to continuing to develop our knowledge and understanding of the global world.  

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We could make this happen by working very hard and being mature enough to complete our goals.

 

We will achieve this by working together.

 

We can make that happen by being determined to achieve that goal and not giving up.

 

We want to achieve being the best that we can be.  For example, achieving 1000 points in Mathletics every week, doing GBA Bingo, all the five Rs and trying hard in class.

 

Take more risks in class and listening more.

 

 

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You need to try and try and try again.

Use things in the classroom.

Watch others to see how they do it.

Brain   Buddy   Boss

Be resilient

Week commencing 18th September

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Us, we are responsible for peace because it is out of choice if we are kind or not.

 

Everybody is responsible for peace because everybody has the right to have peace.

 

Everybody is responsible for how they act, so therefore everyone is responsible for peace.

 

Us because if other people start to follow what one person does then it will make a change.  Everybody is equal.

 

 

KS1

 

In class one we related the concept of peace and having global peace with everyone being happy on the playground and how we can achieve this.  Pupils were able to identify that if we all chose to be kind on the playground there would never be any unkind times during playtime.  They explained how they were in charge of their behaviour and adults helped them.

 

Some children commented on how they had seen stories of war on the News and that some countries were fighting.  We then talked about how if everyone chose to be kind in the world we would not have war.  Children concluded that we could have peace if we all made the right choices.

26th September

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Yes unless you have a reason or if you are hurt or ill and have a condition.

 

There should not be the same rules for everyone, for example children can't drink alcohol and adults can so if an adult wanted a glass of wine they could have one.  Also, children are not allowed to drive so adults wouldn't be able to if there were all the same rules.

 

Yes we should all have the same rules but sometimes they should be changed if necessary.

 

You should all have the same rules but if you have a bad condition that affects the rules, the rules should be adapted.

KS2

 

Yes because if one person could do something and the other couldn't it wouldn't be fair.

 

Yes because one rule for this person and another for another is not fair.

 

Yes, so it's fair.

 

No, naughty people should have more rules than good people.

 

We then discussed how if someone really struggled or couldn't do with something would it be fair to have the same rules, for example, if someone had asthma and the class had been asked to run round the field and the rule was not to stop, would be it be fair to still make them follow the rule.

 

We then had the following answers:

 

No, because some people might not be able to do what others can.

 

Everyone is unique.

 

 

3rd October

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Yes because everyone has a voice and everyone deserves a second chance.  Also everyone has different talents and we should respect them all.  In our school vision it says relationships and risk taking alongside our core values of respect.

 

Yes because if you were worried about something then you could tell a teacher and they support you.  In our vision it says, 'And inspirational staff who put the whole child first in all that they do.'

 

We think yes because here at Gipsey Bridge we are all well cared for and the staff try to get to know us as a person, not just a student and our rules are supposed to be followed by all and everyone does.  In the school vision it says, 'All children should be able to reach their full potential.'  This means they can help you.

 

Yes because everyone deserves a voice and this school provides that voice and potential that we can fulfil.  Additionally this school cares for its pupils.  In the school vision it says '... have freedom of expression and reach their true potential.'

 

We think yes because our school vision has a lot of great aspects including some from the Rights Respecting School Award and our vision gives all children all the suitable rights for us.  'To take a personalised approach to meeting the needs of our children.'

11th October - this week the School Council led the session discussing what they are doing and how they represent the whole school.

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17th October

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We think it should be everyone because if we all stand together and say 'no' we can make it stop together.  If everyone just doesn't do anything about it the problem will carry on, that's why if everybody works as a team the problem will get sorted out.

 

We think everyone should tell the Government.  If we all stand together the Government will listen to us.

 

All of us, because one person can't make much of a difference but if we all unite we can make a worldwide difference.

 

It is the responsibility of us to speak out and the Government and Police to sort it out.

 

It is our responsibility to stop slavery because we all have a voice and if we all stand together we can say no.

KS1

 

We talked about what slavery is and we all agreed that it was a bad thing. 

 

When we looked at the Rights for every child we discussed how these were in place to protect every child in the whole world as children are special and as adults, it is our responsibility to protect them.  We knew that slavery took away a child'd right to play, to have an education, to be protected and to have a voice.

 

 When asked who should help stop slavery we had the following responses:

  • The King and Queen
  • Police
  • Ourselves
  • God
  • Our friends
  • Our parents
  • The Armed Forces
  • All of us

31st October

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Article 2 in six words...

 

All children deserve every single right.

 

All children deserve to have rights.

 

Making sure every child has rights.

 

The UNCRC protects every child.

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Article 2 in six words

6th November

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We worked in small groups thinking about words and phrases that explain the significance of poppies.

 

Poppies lie where soldiers died

So we remember the people who fought for our lives

 

As the guns lay silent

The poppies grew

 

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month

We remember those who died

They saved our lives and our freedom

And were brave enough to die

As the brave dead lie

We sadly say goodbye

 

Poppies grow

Where we lie below

The guns lay silent

So there's no violence

 

All of the soldiers that were brave

Thank you so much

The poppies represent your grave

A massive thank you we have to say

Under the poppies you all lay

KS1

 

On the 11th month and the 11th day

We bow our heads and we pray

 by Jack

 

We remember the dead

When we lay in our comfy bed

by Emma

 

We wear our poppies that are black and red

We wear them to remember all the people that are dead

by Maya

13th November

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23rd November

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What we learnt today:

Every child has a right to speak out.

Every child in the world should have rights even if you are a refugee.

Every child has the same rights no matter where they come from.

We have learnt that everyone has a right and every refugee should have their own family and a good education.

Every child has the same right no matter where they come from, their religion etc., every child is equal.

All children should have a good education and a safe shelter place to live in.

Children from Syria have the same rights as us.

We have learnt that every child has rights no matter where they live or if they're a refugee. 

All refugee children have the same rights as us.

30th November

This week in GBA Actioneers we wrote to our local MP, Matt Warman, about the rights of refugee children following our learning through OutRight.

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11th December - we discussed wants and needs

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Class one's responses to the question:

 

'Yes, because every single child should have their right'.  Year one

 

'Yes it is their choice.'  Year one

 

'Yes because it is their right to choose.'  Year two

 

'Yes because it's our choice to make.'  Year two

Class 2 using mentimeter to answer the question 'Is it important children are allowed to believe in what they choose to?'

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January 2018 - we spent a few sessions looking at how our actions demonstrate our values

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22nd January - practising our films

4th February

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Pupils wish to be:

  • Happy
  • Kind
  • Generous
  • Playful
  • Respectful
  • Brave
  • Fearless

 

They want to live in a world which is:

  • Happy
  • Clean
  • No arguing
  • Peaceful
  • Exciting
  • Caring for nature

 

They think the world currently has:

  • Too much arguing
  • Deforestation
  • Weapons
  • War
  • Litter

 

19th February

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Yes, because if they didn't have an education they would struggle in later life.  You will achieve more and be more happy in life and interact with others more successfully if you have an education.

 

It tells us about the world we live in.  Yes it is important because it helps us later in life.

 

Education is very important because it helps you become the person you want to be.

 

Yes because everyone it entitled to their own job and their own choice of job.  

 

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First we ordered the journey of tea, from plantation to drinking it before considering who had the most important job in the given journey.  At first many felt that the man who planted the seeds was the most important, for without him, there would be no tea leaves to pick.  However, when we explored who we could remove from the creating and consuming of tea we realised that they were all important and that even without the lady drinking the tea the whole process would fail for if there is no demand, then there is no need to produce the tea.

We then discussed fair trade and how it is important that everyone is given a fair price for the work that they do and how to recognise fair trade products in the supermarket.

6th March - celebrating International Women's Day 2018

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Discussing which adjective matches each of the inspiring actions Emmeline Pankhurst took during her lifetime.

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Who are the female role models in our youngest children's lives?

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19th March

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In class 2 and class 3 we plan to...

 

Always be happy and help people.

 

I am going to try to be nice to a lot more people.

 

I am going to be more kind.

 

I am not going to argue with my siblings as much.

 

Be more brave.

 

Be more reflective.

 

Be more positive when I lose.

 

Help others when they are stuck on something.

 

I am going to smile more.

 

Talk to people no matter who they are.

 

To give my mum more hugs.

In Class one and Reception they plan to...

 

Spread more love to the people I love.

 

I will try to make people happy when they are sad.

 

I am going to give hugs to people.

 

I'll spread resilience to people.

 

You could make mummy and daddy feel better by hugging them.

17th April

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We have plenty of water - should we be concerned?

 

Yes, because some people don't have enough water and need more for survival and there can be germs.

 

We should be concerned because they are probably drinking animal waste and dirt.  This can lead to ill health and possibly death.

 

We should be concerned because God gave us water and just because they're poor doesn't mean they are not one of us and that we should not respect them.

 

It is not fair because we have clean fresh water and they have horrible bacteria infected water.  We should be concerned because we are all part of the human race and should all be able to have the same treatment i.e. water, food etc.  Everyone should have the same because if we don't have the same, our welfare will be threatened.

Reception and year one also discussed the question 'We have plenty of water - should we be concerned?'

 

It matters for different countries because they have to get water out of a lake.

 

We should worry because people in different countries don't have clean water.

 

Water aid helps people to raise money for people who need clean water. 

 

We could send some clean water to the other countries who need it.

25th April

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We discussed the difference between physical health and mental health and how this year Sport Relief raised funds for mental health.  We talked about how we would help someone who had had tummy aches for a week and so how we could help someone who was feeling lonely and sad.

 

Pupils then responded to the question: How can we support others with their mental health?

 

Reception and Class One suggested:

Make them laugh.

Give them healthy food and get someone to look after them.

Help them with their jobs at home.

Ask them to play and spend time with them.  Talk to them and ask they what is wrong.

 

Class Two and Three suggested:

Call a mental health number and talk to them about their problem to try to make them feel better.

Distract them and make them feel cared for and not feel lonely.

Take them to somewhere they enjoy and make an interesting conversation so they don't feel excluded.

Persuade them to go to the doctors.

Tell an adult.

Talk to them and help them feel happy.

1st May

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The whole school discussed the question together first...

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Should we pay more for goods that come in a plastic bottle?

 

We should because animals are the same as children; we need to look after them.

 

We should pay more because if we put it in the machine we will get our money back.

 

We think yes because people will then want to get their money back.  Would you rather get a bottle of fizz or let fish die?

 

Yes because less people will buy the product so less plastic, will result in less plastic pollution.

 

We should be paying more because if you pay for an expensive item you won't throw it in an ocean where it would kill animals you would want to recycle or sell.

8th May

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We discussed how families come in all shapes and sizes and there is no right or wrong - it is about people and relationships.  We then answered this week's question: Why is family important.

 

Reception and Class One's thoughts:

They look after you.

If they get hurt or in hospital we can live with them (other family) while they get better.

They look after babies and children.

They feed you and put you to bed.

They're part of your history.

Your family protects you.

 

Class Two and Three's thoughts:

Family will always be in your blood even if they are not there.  Family will always be there if you need them.

Family is important because if you need support you can ask them, but, without a family you can't ask.  Also, if you need cheering up or help they will always be there and always love you even if they don't like what you do.

Family don't just look after you, they cherish you no matter what happens.

You are their everything and they love and care for you.

A family is important because they make sure you are safe and help you through tough times; they are always there for you.

 

 

15th May - with slightly different questions for KS1 and KS2

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Reception and Class One responses to 'Should we always forgive?'

 

Yes because everybody should have a second chance.

 

No because they might be playing a trick.

 

Class Two and Three responses to 'Whose responsibility is it to resolve conflict?'

 

We think that the leaders of the countries who started the conflict should resolve it so that everyone gains.

 

We think the people who are arguing should wait until someone comes and intervenes.  The person who is intervening should hear both sides and make both sides see that they shouldn't have reacted like that or said something.

 

We think that it should be everyone's responsibility because if one person starts more people will join in to resolve the conflict.

 

We think that they should resolve it but if it gets worse a third person should help both sides and come to a compromise.

 

It is everyone's job because we all need to work as a team because it affects everyone and we all want to be happy.

 

It is the government's responsibility to step up and sort it out.

 

12th June

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Children were able to identify several rights that the children were being denied due to child labour. 
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Refugee Week

We explored where we call home and why and then looked at Refugee Week and Article 27 and how every child has the right to a life that meets their physical, social and mental needs.

 

We ended the session asking: How does where we live affect who we are as a person?

 

'It affects us as a person because where we live affects whether we have an education or not which affects our future.  Or whether there is violence of not, again which affects our mind and what we think is right or wrong.  If we don't get food we will become ill which will affect us as we will live in fear of dying.  Where we live affects us which is why we need to live in safe and happy areas.'

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