Global citizenship blog

Dec 2, 2021

The Eco Councillors have been introducing themselves and sharing their Eco Action Plan in assembly, they include: 

1.    Waste - To make sure everyone knows what each bin is used for – paper, food, waste 

2.    Marine - To reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles we have in school. 

3.    Biodiversity - To record the types of wildlife we have in and around our school  

To do this we need the whole school to get involved, so we will be ordering some new recycle bins so that all classes have one for waste and one recycling, designing posters for the playground bins so we all know what each one is for. We will also be selling Chesterton branded water bottles (for only £1) and taking part in the RSPB bird watch in January next year.  

Nov 25, 2021

This week in Year 1 we have been exploring the book 'Dinosaurs and All that rubbish' by Michael Foreman as part of our whole-class reading. We have been thinking about our planet and why it is important to us. The children enjoyed examining the role they play in looking after our planet and were supported to realise that they can make a difference through the choices they make every day. After reading the book, the children used freeze frames to represent key moments in the story. You can see them blasting off into space, picking up rubbish and being in awe of planet Earth. 

Nov 17, 2021

As part of Anti-Bullying Week pupils at Chesterton took part in odd socks day to raise awareness of the week.

Nov 5, 2021

We have a weekly forest school club for children in year 6. This week we have focussed on bonfire night where the children have been discussing fire safety and the importance of fire. All the children lit their own fire torches and learnt two techniques of lighting a fire (pyramid and waffle). Forest school encourages children to be independent, enjoy nature and take measured risks.

Oct 22, 2021

Today the School Council have been very busy bees packing up and moving all of the food that was donated for our Harvest Festival.

Oct 20, 2021

Today we celebrated the generosity of our community in our Harvest Festival assembly. We enjoyed singing, poetry readings from some of our House Captains, and sharing how we can support those in need through social action. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make a difference to wider community! UNCRC Article #24

Oct 7, 2021

This week, year 4 have been learning about how they can use their voices to prevent others from going hungry. Year 4 know that all children have the right to the best possible health, which includes access to nutritious food (UNCRC Article #24). They were inspired by Marcus Rashford’s #WriteNow initiative and wrote some amazing letters to the local MP, Marsha de Cordova, using formal language.  

Oct 7, 2021

The Chesterton School Council met this week to discuss the posters entered in our British Values design competition, showing how we embody these values here at Chesterton. The council selected the winning posters from KS1 & KS2 and celebrated them in our whole school assembly and have been displayed in classrooms and around our school environment. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Sep 30, 2021

This year’s election is a record breaking with 70% of the children from year 6 applying to become a House Captain. The candidates have been busy preparing and thinking of new ideas to make the school a better place. This week, all the applicants presented their speech, which were of a very high standard indeed, in the aim of persuading voters to become their representative.

Whatever happens in the results, we are all proud of you and your ambition, dedication and ability to overcome your fears and present your speech in front of the whole school.

Good luck to you all and a huge well done!

Sep 29, 2021

We would like to introduce ourselves as the new Chesterton School Council. At our first meeting on Tuesday, we got off to a very busy start! We were looking at the British Values posters that all classes have been making recently, it was very tough decision, but we decided the winners for KS1&2 and we will be announcing the winners in assembly on Monday. Then we will be putting them up around the school, so keep your eyes peeled. 

During assembly on Monday, we will also be introducing ourselves properly and telling everyone why we wanted to be on the school council and what we have planned for the upcoming year. 

Sep 23, 2021

Year 5 have been looking at inclusivity in our PSHCE lesson this week. We linked this to SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities as we identified that, if some people cannot access all parts of society, then society cannot be considered equal.

We focused on London and which elements of our city are inclusive, for example ramps to access public transport. We also considered the negative consequences of a city that is not inclusive and what improvements could be made towards SDG10.

Sep 21, 2021

Meet the new Eco Council who meet for their first meeting this week. The meeting carried out an environmental review. Our first task will be to draft an action plan to show how to make our school an even greener place to enjoy and learning in.

Sep 17, 2021

This week classes exercised their democratic right and voted for their school council and Eco council representatives. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School we know that we have the right to share our opinions and have our voice heard (UNCRC Article #12). Stay tuned to find out who will be our new school representatives!

Sep 10, 2021

At Chesterton we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British Values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme as well as within all subject areas. There are five British Values we actively reinforce at Chesterton, these are: 

  • Rule of law 
  • Democracy 
  • Tolerance of those with​ different faiths and beliefs  
  • Mutual respect 
  • Individual liberty  

To help support these, this week we have launched a poster a competition across the school. All children will be designing a poster in class which could be used to promote a different

British Value in their Key Stage. Look out for the winners in the newsletter in the next couple of weeks!  

Sep 24, 2020

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. 

Aug 7, 2020

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.”

May 15, 2020

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcyc68d6OAk

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?