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GBA Actioneers

All of key stage two children meet once a week to discuss ways in which we can further improve the school and to discuss 'big'questions.  Each week we are given a question, we then split into smaller groups and year six act as facilitators for the group and then give feedback at the end. 

 

Together we are promoting British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC), citizenship and responsibility for our school, community and the wider world.  It is important that we all work together to make GBA and the world that we live in even better! 

Tuesday 12th January 2016

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Tuesday 19th January

Today we discussed: At the moment not everyone is doing Mathletics, how can we further promote Mathletics so that everyone takes part?

 Below are the ideas that were shared at the end of the session:

  • 3 behaviour house points if you achieve 1000 points in a week.
  • If you have completed maths work to be allowed to go onto Mathletics.
  • Using time before PE.
  • More maths homework to be set on Mathletics.
  • Extra 10 minutes play on Monday if you have earned 1000 points.
  • Creating a powerpoint and posters to encourage the use of Mathletics.
  • Sometime use Mathletics in lessons.

 

The points raised above will be discussed with staff tomorrow, and then we will share next steps with the GBA Actioneers next week.

Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times. We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes.

Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 1
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 2
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 3
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 4
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 5
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 6
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 7
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 8
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 9
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 10
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 11
Tuesday 26th January - Today we have worked with the dinner ladies to think of different ways that we could further improve lunch times.  We have create new Lunch Time Golden Rules in addition to introducing some other changes. 12

Tuesday 9th February

This morning we had an update on the things that had already changed as a result of the GBA Actioneers.  We then discussed what we would like the GBA Challenge! to be next term and voted on three targets.  We saw democracy in action!

 

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The children initially discussed if they wanted Playground Leaders, once they had discussed the question and thought of reasons for and against, they separated into a for and against group.  Year Six then stood and delivered their rehearsed arguments before a vote was cast.  As a key stage, they decided against the introduction of Playground Leaders.

Tuesday 1st March 2016

This morning we discussed how we can encourage more of us to work towards the GBA Challenge!  There were lots of ideas shared; we agreed that we are given lots of support and opportunities to work towards it in school, we just need to find that extra motivation sometimes!

Tuesday 8th March

This morning we brought in our Reading Journals and shared the sorts of things we write each night in them.  This had been something that the children had wanted to do from last week; allowing us to magpie from others.

Tuesday 22nd March 

What is the meaning and purpose of life?

 

The GBA Actioneers discussed the above question before putting their thoughts into a single sentence.

 

  • The meaning of life is to enjoy it and to have fun and be free in thought and action.
  • The meaning of life is to improve things for another race or future generation.
  • To be happy and make a difference.
  • The meaning and purpose of life is to eat, die and learn new things.
  • The meaning of life is to enjoy it and make it the life you want it to be!

Tuesday 7th June

Today we discussed charity and how next week we will be holding Macmillan Get Up and Dance in school.  Together we agreed how we would organise the event and then Year Six took on the task of creating a poster for each key stage to send home to parents and timetabling the afternoon. 

 

During the event each member of year six will have a role, this may be serving refreshments or teaching others a dance. 

 

It was super to see how sensibly and enthusiastically the children discussed the importance of charity and then moved onto organising the event.  It promises to be fun filled afternoon where money is raised for an important charity.

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We created a conscience corridor, where children lined up to show if they agreed of disagreed, I then walked down the middle and each child gave me their reason.

 

Reasons given to why adults should be made to vote were:

  1. It's for your country.
  2. Your opinion needs to be heard.
  3. It changes the outcome of the vote.
  4. We need to be inclusive.
  5. It effects you.
  6. People fought for your right to vote.

 

Reasons given for why adults shouldn't be made to vote:

  1. It's your choice and you can choose to vote or not vote.
  2. You shouldn't be forced.
  3. It's not nice to force someone to do something they don't want to do.
  4. If you don't understand it is a waste of a vote.

Tuesday 12th July 2016:

What leads to lasting happiness?

 

Some of the children's initial ideas:

  • Hobbies
  • Positive relationships with friends and family
  • Social media - you can stay in contact with friends and family
  • School/education - gaining a good education will allow you to get a job you enjoy
  • Treating others the way you wish to be treated. This will make both of you happy
  • Material possessions
  • Money - the more you can buy, the happier you will be
  • Having a religion or faith to follow and believe in.

 

We picked one of these areas to look at in more detail and debate further. This was money. 

 

Reasons why money does provide lasting happiness:

  • You could donate money to charity, which may make you happy if you become ill and need to rely on that charity
  • You can buy food and drink to live off
  • You can buy a big house, which will make you happier
  • Some medication is expensive. Being able to buy it if you need it will make you happier
  • You can buy more possessions, which makes people happier
  • Expensive holidays, such as cruises. The memory of that holiday will provide lasting happiness.

 

Reasons why money does not provide lasting happiness:

  • You may be treated differently by others
  • Money can't buy you real friends
  • People might want to be friends with you just because you have lots of money so they're not your friends because of your personality
  • Material possessions can only make you happy for a short amount of time - the novelty will wear off eventually
  • When people have lots of money, they buy things they don't really need. They would be just as happy with the standard version of things, rather than gold-infused toilet roll!
  • People don't like it when others have more than them or brag.

 

Conclusion: One single thing can't make you happy. You need a little bit of lots of different things!

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