It’s that time of the term when we’re fast coming to the end of one unit of inquiry and starting to think ahead to the next. We will be finishing off our ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ unit with us showing our ‘ability to respond’ to the situation we have discovered about water. We think everyone has the right to clean and safe water but we have discovered that’s not the case for every child.
An important part of the Primary Years Programme is that children are encouraged to take action in response to their learning. This is in fact part to the Five Essential Elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action) that develop the Learner Profile. Action can be on an everyday scale, for example when a child realises they have to take responsibility for putting their pencil away, to offering to take care of a new member in the class, to discovering a practical way to use their knowledge of addition when out shopping to the bigger scale action that we are taking. We are taking action as a response to one student asking what could we do after learning about the consequences for children who don’t have clean water. As a teacher I really want children to know that they can make a difference.
I hope you have received our persuasive letter this evening and that we can persuade you to support our campaign! Students were split into groups to draft each paragraph. We then refined the letter together. The emphasis is on the students thinking of other children who they will probably never meet, but feeling that they want to help. Please spend some time over the weekend discussing what responsibility your child could take for payment. Maybe there’s a cupboard that needs cleaning out, a job around the garden or help with the shopping. The rate of pay is at your discretion! I have given the example of 1chf a job. We’ll be setting up our information table on Monday to inform the whole school community too.
|Drafting our letter to parents|
|Thinking of what we can write to persude|