This week Thomas Buxton Primary School had a special visit from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Jo came in from the organisation to help years 2, 3 and 4 learn more about the local habitats that exist within the school grounds.
The children had the opportunity to observe carefully to identify the different habitats. A check list helped the children to find habitats including soil, compost, shrubs and bushes, gravel and trees.
After finding existing habitats the children had the chance to spot opportunities for creating more habitats for mini beasts and animals. Year 2 decided that a bird feeder on many of the trees would be an ideal way to get birds to use the school grounds as their habitat.
The visit was a really fun and exciting event and has spurred us on to try and gain a School’s Wild Challenge Award.
Find out more about nature by playing these fun learning games by clicking here.
What do you get if you cross a book and a picnic? The answer, of course, is a Booknic!
In partnership with the National Literacy Trust, we have been able to ensure that the children in Year 3 and Year 4 have received their second, absolutely free, brand new book!
We had a fantastic turn-out and grown-ups, staff and children all worked together to enjoy a feast of food and a bevy of books! Even the sun came out to join in our fun!
As usual, many thanks to the staff at Thomas Buxton Primary for giving up their time to host this event, and to the National Literacy Trust for providing us with the resources! And children – enjoy your books!
On Thursday 15th March, we (siham, Tufa and Ms Bibi) were invited to visit the Chanel 4 news studio with the Children’s Rights Alliance For England (CRAEs) team ( a project that we have been a part of for 3 years now) to learn about journalism and how to bring media attention to our project which is part of the CRAEs See it, Say it, Change it nationwide campaign: #homes4children.
This is a Housing and homelessness campaign about every child’s right ‘to have an adequate standard of living’ (UNCRC article 27) and have their right to ‘express their views…and have them taken seriously’ respected (UNCRC article 12).
First, we got a chance to speak to a famous channel 4 news presenter, Fatima Manji who is a British television journalist and newsreader who became Britain’s first hijab-wearing TV newsreader in March 2016. We spoke to her about her role, how she became a journalist, the challenges she faces and how she tackles stereotypes. Siham even sneaked in a question about her pay! She told us that it was an interesting subject as there has been alot of talk recently about something called ‘the gender pay gap’. We thought this was a. interesting topic and something that we could discuss in school.
Then we spoke to the digital team who put the news online for all to read and spoke to different inspirational leaders within the news team!
Finally we got the chance to visit the news studio where we spoke to the people behind the camera who get the news out on TV for all to see.
We went behind the scenes and got a chance to watch the news as it went live.
We saw the famous Channel 4 presenter, Jon Snow (Ms Bibi’s favourite presenter) live which was great! We really enjoyed being part of it all! We learnt a lot about journalism and found out about all the hard work that the inspirational individuals put into it to make a media campaign/news broadcast.
Thank you to everyone who was part of this!
Tufa and Siham (year 6 CRAEs campaign reps)
Today (Wednesday 7th March), a group of School Ambassadors and Eco-Committee ambassadors attended the WE DAY festival at SSE Arena, Wembley.
It was an opportunity to celebrate what we have already achieved as a school this year and launch local, national and global initiatives for the rest of the year.
This event was created in honour of the socially conscious global citizens (school children just like us) who are leading the charge towards positive change—be that giving back to their own community (such as our Community Cohesion projects) or abroad (such as our work with UNICEF, WE Schools and our links with our British Council partner schools).
We pledged our support to be a part of ‘Generation WE’- a generation of people who actively make a difference in the world through our voice and our actions!
There was an amazing group of inspiration and empowering speakers, including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugene (the Queen’s granddaughters), Lilly Collins ( actress, model and writer), Katie Piper (motivational speaker), Mushraf and Mr Burton (from Educating Yorkshire and so many more!
There were also some spectacular performers who blew us away!
We cheered a lot!!!
Whoops looks like our cheers were a little too loud for Saminur (our year 6 ambassadors 🙂
WE Day was all about harnessing the unifying power of compassion and kindness to bring together incredible individuals before an audience of students and teachers, who like them, are there because they believe in being the change they want to see in this world.
Lets keep working together as a school to raise our aspirations and of those around us to make a change!
Check out the website for more: https://www.we.org/gb/we-day/we-day-events/we-day-uk/
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, some lucky children in Year 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to meet author, illustrator and ex-Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
Chris talked about the writing process; his passion for illustrating; and showed us some of his fantastic books. We laughed as he told us funny anecdotes and took mental notes when he gave us his top tips for writing and illustrating. Incredibly, he spent the whole time illustrating characters whilst he spoke- it was amazing to watch his talents live! At the end of the afternoon, we had a chance to ask him some questions and he even took the time to meet some of us. We felt so privilege to take away signed and dedicated copies of his books- we have not stopped reading them since!
Check out some of the illustrations he did on the day.
On Thursday 1st March, 2018, TBP opened its doors to not only a flurry of snow, but a flurry of books!
As usual, we celebrated by DRESSING UP (both ourselves and the doors!) and remembering the importance of vocabulary and reading! This year, we dressed up as our favourite vocabulary.
World Book Day (written by our School Ambassadors)
Everyone deserves a well done for participating on World Book Day. We know that everyone got a free book from their teacher – so make sure you enjoy them and read them! Most of all well done to all our teachers for making this possible!
Here are some photos of our day – we had a fantastic time and really enjoyed our free books!
Today our playgrounds turned into a winter wonderland!
There was just enough snow to create our own snow-creatures and make mini snowballs.
Take a look at the photos and describe the snow using your 5 senses.