Each Wednesday, children meet in their 'house' groups - Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and
Saturn. Year 6 house captains lead a themed discussion, which maybe about
current global, national, local or school based issues. A circle game opens each
session, after which the theme is introduced and children share views and opinions
- giving every child an opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas
every week. A reflection closes the session.
During Friday assembly, an overview of the discussions is shared. Children's views
are taken into consideration as a part of decision making relating to school
development. Where the discussion has been related to this,actions to be taken in
response to any points raised by the children are shared and displayed on the
'News and Views' board in the school hall.
SPRING TERM 2018
So far this term, pupils have met in their groups and discussed:
The children discussed ways of showing respect in and around our school community.
The children reviewed and discussed the Anti Bullying Policy (Children's version). They offered their ideas and opinions on any areas they felt needed developing.
Action: Feedback suggested to the Senior Leadership Team.
Let Toys Be Toys campaign
Let Toys Be Toys campaign is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys. Schools are an important place to tackle gender stereotypes, and toys and marketing are a great way to get children thinking about the issues. All 'News and Views' groups participated in a planned lesson fromhttp://lettoysbetoys.org.uk/schools/.
Action - Feedback given to Senior Leadership team relating to the outcomes of the lesson.
AUTUMN TERM 2017:
So far this term, pupils have met in their new groups and discussed:
The children wanted to establish what Fairtrade means to each and every pupil. They discussed how the school could gather evidence to become a FairAware school. Ideas were offered about how Bournehall could introduce a 'Fairtrade Snack Bar'.
Action: The Rights Respecting steering group are busy ordering stock for the 'Fairtrade Snack Bar'.
The children talked about keeping themselves, others, pets and other animals safe.
How can we support those less fortunate than ourselves?
'who inspires us?'
The children discussed who inspires us and then identified why. They discussed what qualities these individuals have.
SUMMER TERM 2017 TOPICS DISCUSSED:
The children discussed how Bournehall would celebrate World Oceans Day. The theme 'Our Oceans, Our Future' and Conservation focus of encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future were explored.
30 days of wild challenge- Wildlife Trust
The Green Team introduced the challenge and asked how we could all make room for nature in our lives. Suggestions of how to complete this challenge were discussed. It was proposed that everybody would try to complete Random Acts of Wildness as part of their Home Learning.
Other areas discussed:
Resilience – the London Marathon
Responsibilities towards each other
Events in Manchester
Every week we learn a new Makaton sign – You might like to learn with us! https://wetalkmakaton.org
SPRING 2017 TOPICS DISCUSSED
As part of Bournehall learning different ways of communicating, we introduce a new Makaton sign at the start of each 'News and Views' session. The Makaton signs learned this term include health, squirrel, dragon, book and spring.
RSPB Birdwatch 2017
Children introduced to the RSPB birdwatch and ideas were discussed as to how Bournehall could get involved.
Action - posters added around school to help with garden bird identification. Home learning task created and Eco board updated.
Earth Hour 2017 WWF
Children discussed how Bournehall could mark this event and tackle Climate Change.
Book Day Celebrations March 2nd
Children discussed who their favourite authors were and why.
If they were to write a book where would it be set ?