This week you have the opportunity to enter a writing competition. 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children. Past competitions have included themes such as climate change and technology and this week the theme is the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The deadline is 11:59pm on Friday 3rd July 2020. Children must write a story of no more than 500 words that responds to any of the themes surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
You can email your writing to us to have a look before you post and we can give you some tips!
You may consider a narrative that has a theme such as equality, fairness, kindness or friendship, it could be set in a school or on holiday.
You may wish to tell a story that tells a story of achievements made by significant black figures in Science, Maths, Art, Sport or any other subject. The protagonist could be significant figure from real-life e.g. Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, Steve McQueen or Muhammad Ali – there are thousand more to choose from or it could be an imaginary person.
You may like to tell a historical narrative that celebrates the contributions made by the Windrush generation or imagine what it was like for people travelling from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971. What was the atmosphere like on board the ship? What was the experience like once they arrived in England – was it positive or negative? https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/43793769
You could also tell a story that tells the story of the fight for justice. For example, you might consider the American stories of Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King or you may prefer to focus on a British activist such as Olive Morris: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-53191543 . You may like to tell a story that refers to more recent campaigns for justice e.g. the removal of statues or the returning of objects in museums to their place of origin.
As an adult, in order to find work and earn the money we need to look after ourselves, we need to acquire work skills. Have a think about the job that you would like to do and decide which skills you will need and why.
E.g I am a teacher.
I need communication skills so that I can help children learn and to plan and prepare lessons and make decsisions with my work colleagues.
I need computer skills to prepare lesson resources for children to look at and understand.
I need Mathematics skills in order to teach Maths.
I need to be able to problem solve quickly in order to keep children safe and happy.
What do we need money for?
For this activity, work with an adult. Choose a room in the house and list everything that money is needed for. Remember, gas and electricity cost money. Speak to an adult about how often this is paid for and how the amount is calculated. Which of these are essential and which are not?
What do I need? What do I want?
Look at the items below.
List which ones are needed (this means they are essential) and which are wants (this means they are not essential).
Which ones should you spend your money on first? Please remember that it takes a long time to earn money and money runs out! Order the items from most essential to least essential.
What’s your opinion?
Look at the jobs below: Game designers, nurse, professional footballer, firefighter and politician.
Different jobs pay different amounts of money, but it’s also important to choose a job that you will enjoy doing and makes you feel fulfilled. Being fulfilled might come from helping others, improving the World or from being creative and using your personal qualities.
Which of these job positions do you think earn the most money?
Give your opinion:
Which of these positions should earn the most money?
Should they all earn the same amount?
For what reason should one job pay more than another?
What’s more important when choosing a job: how much money the job pays, how fulfilled you are in the job or how much the job helps others?
Advertisements are designed to make you spend your money. The language and images they use are specifically designed to tempt you!
Choose two of the radio and TV adverts below and write a comparison of the strategies they have used. How were the strategies similar or different? What messages did they try to convey to make you buy the product? Which was most effective?
For the next couple of weeks we will be thinking about the many different jobs and careers that people can have.
Task 1 On 8th July we will have a special assembly all about the World of Work. We will hear from people who do a range of different jobs – but we won’t find out what their jobs are straight away. We need YOU to come up with some questions to ask them to find out what their job is.
The answers to the questions can only be yes or no, so for example: Do you work in an office? Do you work with nature? NOT Where do you work?
Write down your questions and keep them safe until Wednesday 8th. We will share information about how to join the assembly nearer the time.
Task 2 Draw a picture of what job you want to do when you are grown up. How did you hear about that job? What do you know about what this job involves? What subjects will you need to study? Send your sketches and ideas into us on the year 5 email address.
Here is a sketch of Miss Turnbull’s childhood ambitions. Can you guess what she wanted to be?
Here’s Miss Huddleston practising her dream job at home.
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