Shaw Hill



Whole School Assembly - Refugee Week 16th Jul 2018
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The children listened to ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ by Rita Ora as they came into the hall. The children were given the following information about Rita Ora. Rita was born in Pristina in Kosovo to Albanian parents. When she was only 1 year old her family had to flee from their home due to the start of war. On their arrival to Britain Rita and her older sister were housed in a children’s home and her parents had to battle for months to get them back. Eventually they settled in London where Rita grew up. She is famous for her music and has had several hit records as well as being a judge on the reality tv shows ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’. Children from each year group came up to present the work that they had carried out during refugee week. . Reflection Friends of the Earth give the following definition of climate refugees (which was shared with the children.) Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country and cannot return home safely. They are escaping war, persecution or conflict. People fleeing for any other reason – even dire poverty – are defined as migrants. Refugees are protected by international laws. These laws prevent them from being returned to danger and give them access to fair asylum procedures. People fleeing because of climate change don't have the same protections. Climate refugees are forced to leave their homes because of environmental changes which risk their lives or livelihoods. Such changes might include extreme weather, drought or rising sea levels. The children reflected on how lucky they were to have a safe place to live and how difficult it would be if they had to leave their home suddenly. The finalists for the climate refugee art competition were called out and presented with their certificates and the key stage 1 and 2 winners were announced Barbara and Claire to presented prizes to the competition winners. Barbara then made a short speech to the children about school of sanctuary and presented Mr. Bh


Andy Conors visits Year 4 28th Jun 2018
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This year, Refugee Week focused on ‘Climate Refugees’. Climate Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their home because of something that happened due to the weather changing. This could be a flood or a drought. We had three lessons during Refugee Week. The first part began by going through a PowerPoint that described what Climate Refugees are and asked the children lots of questions to do with refugees and how they would feel if there were in the same position as Climate Refugees. The second part of this lesson was an art competition. We understood that refugees are people that lose their home and have to leave where they live. This got us thinking about what ‘home’ means and we decided that home is not a place, it is the people that are around us. Losing our house would be very sad but it would be much worse if we lost the people that we love around us; we could always rebuild our ho. To represent our thought of what ‘home’ is, we each drew and painted the trunk and branches of a tree. After this, we used handprints of different people around the classroom who we care about to create the leaves of the tree. This showed us that home can be anywhere where these people are. After our two lessons on Climate Refugees, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Andy, a poet who writes poetry about refugees and coming to a new country. The children though about the different struggles that elephants face when they migrate and related it to new people travelling and arriving at a new school. Andy (and a couple of volunteers) then read out some of the excellent poems that he had written describing what it was like to come to a new school and not be able to speak the language. After listening to Andy’s poems, the children had the chance to write their own. The children were encouraged to use their imagination and even to write in different languages if they had a similar experience themselves of coming to a new school.


Assembly- World Cultural Diversity Day 26th May 2015
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During the week beginning 18th May 2015, the children were introduced to World Cultural Awareness Day and learnt that it is celebrated on the 21st May every year. They were shown pictures in order to help them understand what the word “culture” might mean. Pictures included food, musical instruments, religious symbols, clothes and languages. They then learnt that all these things combine to make each culture and that there are lots of different cultures around the world. The meaning of the word diversity was then discussed. The children were asked who might celebrate World Cultural Diversity Day. They gave a variety of different answers before learning that they were all right as anyone can celebrate! Children were shown ways in which world cultural awareness day is celebrated, for example, seminars, education programmes and exhibitions. Children also learned ways in which they could mark Cultural Diversity Awareness Day.examples included; visiting a museum or exhibit about another culture, reading a book or watching a film about another country or culture, trying food from a different country, listening to music from a different culture and visiting a place of worship different from your own religion. “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” This was an important quote by Martin Luther King that introduced children to the idea of “World Cultural Diversity Day." Furthermore, a discussion took place to explore how we could be more diverse, for example, by going to a museum that is dedicated to another culture or trying something new from another culture. A poem by Benjamin Zephaniah called “The British (serves 60 million),” was shared and enjoyed by all the children!


Year 6 trip to RAF Cosford 11th Dec 2014
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On Thursday 4th December Year 6 visited RAF Cosford where they learnt about a wide variety of topics like: Life for children at home during the Second World War The children of year six visited and explored a building which was presented as a world War Two home. The children saw and used ration books, gas masks, World War Two era clothing, toys and a Morrison shelter. They all thoroughly enjoyed this interactive experience. Life for children at Christmas during the Second World War Fortunately for the children, they were able to speak to a World War Two survivor named Pat. Pat was aged 5-10 during the Second World War. She very eloquently informed the children what life was like as a child during the War. She told us about her air raid, rationing and evacuation experiences. As well as all this she even told us about how she was once shot at while walking in Sutton Park by a marauding German air crew. Unbelievable! The children were given the opportunity to ask her questions and I’m glad to say that Pat said our questions were the best she’d ever been asked. Life for children at school during the Second World War The children also visited a World War Two era school classroom where they made traditional Christmas decorations and were part of an unexpected air raid. Fortunately all the children safely made it to the safety of the classroom’s Anderson shelter before any German ordnance could reach them. After the all clear sounded they all returned to the classroom to continue with their learning. World War Two Aircraft After dinner, the children had a tour of the World War Two aircraft where they saw the following aeroplanes: Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Lincoln Bomber, Messerschmitt Me-109, Mosquito Bomber, Focke Wolf, Japanese Zero.