In R.E., Year 5 have been learning about Sikhism.
We visited the Gurdwara in Woolwich and we learned more about who started Sikhism, when Sikhism started, and where it first originated.
Some of the beliefs and core principles that guide a Sikh's way of life are:
1. Charity: sharing and giving to those in need
2. Honesty and integrity in all things and
3. Social justice
Some of Year 5's Eco Warrior representatives went to Beecroft Garden School to take part in a Climate Action Network Meeting. We went on a tour of the school to see what measures they had put in place, and saw their fantastic art exhibition using recycled materials.
Pupils then took part in a workshop working with children from other schools to design their own artwork with an environmental message.
World Book Week with a Fairy Tale Theme was an exciting one in Year 5:
Ellie from MP Smarter Travel came to deliver interactive air quality workshops for Years 4, 5 and 6 on 22nd November 2022. Our Year 5 Eco Warriors then took part in an idling action event after school where they spoke directly with parents to tackle idling outside the school gates.
Poor air quality particularly impacts the health and wellbeing of children, and younger children in particular are considered to be the most vulnerable as their lungs are still developing.
The children enjoyed and were engaged in the session. It tied in seamlessly with our recycling/ environment friendly advocacy project.
It's been an exciting half -term in year 5. We've explored our topic "African Kingdom" where we learned about the continent of Africa, the country Nigeria and the history of the Ancient Benin people. In R.E. , we've learned about Buddhism and the principles that guide their way of life such as the Eight-fold Path and the Four Noble Truths. We created our own Wheel of Life and filled it with the things that are important to us. In Art, we have had a lot of exciting time creating our own tie and dye fabric piece being inspired by the works of Mrs Nike Ogundaye Davis.
We adapted the traditional process of making adire and used washable glue and fabric paint. Can you write an instruction text for making tie and dye using glue?
First, we learned how to thread cotton through the eye of the needle, then we learnt how to do a running stitch and back stitch.
We looked at some photographs of old Viking shoes and realised that the were hand made out of leather and stitched together. Leather was used because it was hard-wearing and flexible. We also noticed that some shoes had buttons to fasten or straps to hold them together.
We then took part in a challenge to try to make a shoe in an hour using only a jay cloth, thread and buttons. We could use a marker pen to draw a template and scissors to cut out if we wanted.
It was lots of fun and some of us found it very challenging. After the hour was up, we had to go outside and see if we could run up and down the playground without out shoes breaking.
Amal the giant walking puppet walked all the way from the Syrian/Turkish border across 8000km and 8 countries and finally arrived in the UK. Year 5 were on Deptford High Street to give her a very warm and special welcome along with lots of other children from Lewisham schools! As Lewisham's first School of Sanctuary St. Mary's had a very special part to play and accompanied Amal with giant bunting down the high street to Giffin Square where a huge poster was hanging which had been created by Years 5 and 6. Ayana then gave Amal a giant Paddington sticker. Remember Paddington Bear was also a refugee like Amal!
Year 5 also spoke with the Mayor of Lewisham Damian Egan and Councillor Kevin Bonavia who has visited our school before. We even featured on BBC news that night! Year 5 were a real credit to the school and lots of people complimented them on their brilliant behaviour and good manners during what was a very busy celebration.
It was an amazing day and we are grateful to our governors and parents who accompanied us on the trip!