This piece is taken from Aiesha (6M) about why animals are important.
Animals are important since some can help the environment whilst others can be a food source. Some animals produce food sources like bees making honey. However, the certain things we do can cause animals’ lives at risk. For example, the toxic waste and rubbish we put into the oceans cause the sea life’s population to go down drastically. Others are having their habitats removed like Orangutans losing their forests due to people deforesting it out. It is because what we are doing is how the animals are soon on the verge of extinction.
Domestic animals are types of animals that share a mutual relationship with humans and have needs that we can help with since their food cannot be found in other habitats in the wild. Domestic animals are important because some like livestock make a critical role in farming like bringing in nutrients. Cats and dogs (an example of a domestic animal) Can be a good companionship to humans for protection and for those who have disabilities. Cats and Dogs’ food source is also sometimes not found in the wild, which is why they need special care from us.
At the start of the New Year we are all trying to look forward to a more positive future and thinking about ways to make ours and other people lives better. This can be done by making a New Year resolution.
The School Council met for the first time this year and top of our list of jobs was to check over the Chesterton School commitments to tackling bullying. Once we had agreed on them all we signed them off. They will now be copied and displayed in all classrooms across the school.
Our next job was to decide who were the winners from our Anti-Bullying Week poster competition. These will be announced in assembly very soon!
At Chesterton this week, we have been participating in anti-bullying week. On Monday we all came wearing our odd socks to show our support for anti-bullying. The theme for this year is 'United Against Bullying'. We have shown our unity as a school by participating in a school-wide competition. The children have created anti-bullying posters to show what we can do to help stop and prevent bullying. In Year 1 , we looked at different ways we can stop and prevent bullying. We also talked about who we could trust to help us if we are being bullied or see someone being bullied.
In 3C we have been learning the alphabet in Spanish and are really enjoying learning through a catchy song! We will be using this knowledge to write our names in Spanish next week.
This week the whole school has been learning about Clean Air Day. In year 4, we wrote persuasive letters to the Mayor of London to inform him of our concerns about the air quality in London. Here is Hanan's letter from 4S.
Dear Mr Khan,
I am writing to you to discuss a life-threatening situation concerning pollution. Children and adults across the City of London are struggling because of the poisonous air quality. We need to get better at achieving SDG 15 (Life on Land) because people are creating this issue which is part of climate change.
Did you know that one cause of air pollution is from burning fossil fuels? We can stop this by reducing cars on roads and increasing public transport. This will also help us with SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing). Everyone on earth deserves the right to be healthy and breathe clean air (UNCRC Article #24).
Unhygienic air is affecting children and adults because it is giving many of them breathing difficulties and bad diseases and sometimes even causing early death. IN addition, another consequence of air pollution is that children and grown-ups are getting asthma, illnesses, diseases and even lung cancer.
As the Mayor of London, I expect you to do something about this awful situation. You were given the job to take care of this city and its citizens.
In Year 5 we have been having some thoughtful discussions around our new RE topic of 'Justice and Fairness'. We have reflected on what constitutes justice and how fairness has some similarities and some differences.
We referred back to our previous learning on the story of Malala Yousafzai and her struggle for all girls in the Swat Valley to access education. We decided which UNCRC articles would help us achieve equal access to education for both boys and girls across the globe and what steps we could take to help support reducing inequalities.
In our PSCHE lesson this week we discussed the Black Lives Matter movement. We linked this back to SDG 10 "Reduced inequalities" and how we can help combat prejudice and racism in our daily lives.
Year 6 have kicked off their topic on World Peace and this week have taken part in many in depth conversations surrounding race and diversity. The children have reflected on the diverse community that makes up not only Chesterton and our wider community in Battersea but also in London.
The children used SDG goal 10- Reduce inequalities along with UNCRC #2 as a starting point when reflecting what it means to treat everyone equally regardless of race.
Here are a few comments that came from our discussions:
“No one should ever be treated unfairly due to the colour of their skin or their religion. We all are a part of this world and part of one race – the human race”.
“I think SDG 10 is extremely important because racism is still going on today and we all need to work together to stop it.”
Welcome Back to School
While some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems or changes to their living situation.
As restrictions lift in some places, they might also face difficulties in being back at school, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It's also still uncertain what further changes we all may face.
Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.
Here are the top 5 tips from the Every Child Matters campaign and look at the Every Child Matters website for more advice and resources.
Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-25th May 2020
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business. So, for Mental Health Awareness Week we will focus on the theme of kindness.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.
During the week, we would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Here are some ideas:
Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
Help with a household chore at home
Spend time playing with your pet
Donate to a foodbank
What will you do to help promote kindness?
On 22 April 2020 it was Earth Day, but don’t worry you can still make a difference!
Earth Day is especially important for kids! What happens to the Earth today determines what type of world kids will have when they grow up. Conservation is very important. Kids like you can help by encouraging your parents to purchase eco-friendly goods, by turning off the lights when you leave a room, and by using less water.
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was founded to help people consider their actions and how they affect the Earth and our world. The purpose of Earth Day is to continue helping people think about how to protect and care for our Earth.
What can you do?
Year 2 have been focusing heavily on the Sustainable Development Goal number 3 - Good Health and Well-being and why this is a crucial part of life. The children have been thinking about what good health and well-being means to them.
Pupils have been offering top tips to peers on what things they can do to ensure they have good health and well-being. Some of the top tips were:
As the rest of the United Kingdom is gearing up for a General Election we at Chesterton thought that we would get involved by holding our very own! We have set up four new parties
All parties have members of staff and children who have come up with their own manifestos ready to WoW the rest of the school. Over the next week they will be canvasing to try to pick up votes before our very Question Time, which the children are busily thinking up questions for. The BIG vote will take place on Friday 13th December, where all children will get to cast a vote for the party of their choice. The successful party will be announced on Monday 16th and then it will up to the winners to implement their polices.
The month of November is coming to an end, and with it the end of Movember! In recent years, people have participating more and more with Movember. In our school, teachers have been growing moustaches to raise awareness of men's health issues around the world. This Friday children are invited to join in with cut out, stick on, or painted moustaches! Making donations can help our children can see that they have power to act and influence the things around us.
So get involved with the global community and let's try to change the world around us!
It’s getting closer to the festive period, and we have already started our rehearsals. KS2 have been learning the song ‘War is Over’, by John Lennon. Besides learning the lyrics and melody of the song, our children have analysed it further.
The children discussed how some people are not as lucky as us to have a warm house and a meal, whilst some others are waiting for the missing members of their families to return home from wars. Others, don’t even have a house or blanket to stay warm!
Please spare a thought of these people, not only during the festive period day, but all 365 days of the year!
...And so this is Christmas, for weak and for strong, for rich and the poor ones, the world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red one, let’s stop all the fight.
This week Chesterton is talking about Anti-Bullying week. We have thought about the kind words we should say to each other, including asking how people are, holding doors open and saying good morning with a massive smile! Year 2 also got to read the book 'noodle head' at the library to remind us why name calling isn't kind. Remember to always show kindness to everyone so we can all feel happy, everyday!
Our children celebrated European Day of Languages. This is a day to highlight the great value of language learning and to understand and remember how diverse Europe is linguistically and culturally. At Chesterton, we learnt how to say “hello” in other European languages.
This week year 6 have been focusing heavily on the Sustainable Development Goals and carried out a lot research to decide which one they thought was the most important. They then had a debate within their classes and it was amazing to see how clearly they were able to articulate their opinions. We were amazed...looks like Greta Thunberg is having an impact on our school!!
On Wednesday 5th June 24 member of staff at Chesterton took part in Race for Life at Battersea Park in London. Lots of our families and children also took part - a great community event for a great cause. Thanks everyone.
To make a donation please visit our fundraising page here:
World environment day is coming and we’ve stopped to think about what we are each going to pledge to do, in order to help achieve the sustainable development goals! What will you do?
Mark your calendar - clean air day is coming! As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we know that having a clean and safe environment in order to develop to our full potential is our right (UNCRC Article #6). We will learning about the effects of pollution over the next few weeks and will be doing our part to reduce emissions in our air by walking, cycling and scooting to school! How will you help support clean air day?
Year 5 stole the show this morning with their powerful assembly on the Sustainable Development Goals. They gave us lots of ways to help reach these goals and inspired us to change to world! What will you do?
Today in our walk for water we though of how this global crisis effects people from all parts of the world. Everyone should be aware of the problem and understand how to help. In Spanish lessons this week we looked at poems that relayed the message. Year 3 made an amazing poster to spread the message too. Well done everyone!
This week children from year 5 went to City Hall and raised some questions for some our our leaders. What might you ask Sadiq Khan or Theresa May on how they are working to improve our world?
Mark it down in your diaries, WE Walk for Water is happening Friday May 3 at 9:30am. We will be taking to the streets of our local community in our annual water walk to raise awareness on the global water crisis. We will be spending the upcoming weeks learning about the facts and circumstances surrounding access to clean water around the world, and the water borne diseases which are effecting millions of people every year. Fundraising forms are going home so get out into your community and start spreading the word - every pound matters!
To learn more about these issues, visit the United Nations website: https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/water/index.html