Here are some images from this year's events...
Skipbeatz - reading reward
Our next set of Accelerated Reader award winners celebrated their achievement with a VIP lunch in the library with world skipping record holder Pete Denis of Skipbeatz.
On Friday 22 June , our choir took part in the annual Luton schools celebration of singing - the Summer Singing Spectacular. Our child joined with 250 children from other Luton school choirs to perform to a packed house at Stopsley Baptist Church, Luton's largest auditorium. Our choir was at front and centre and joined in with great enthusiasm as they sang a range of songs and medleys from disco numbers that their parents might know to an awesome rendition "
Anti-radicalisation Workshop for Years 5 & 6
One of the Year 6 pupils has written a recount of this event:
On Wednesday 20th June, a man called Thomas – who worked with Just Enough UK - came into Year 6 and taught us about radicalisation and terrorism.
After he introduced himself, we were shown a PowerPoint about the aforesaid radicalisation and what it meant (it meant “the act of turning someone into a terrorist.”) Soon after, Thomas told us that we were now in the times of cavemen; he sorted our tables into 3 tribes Ug, Mug and Grug (I was in Grug.) He told us that there was banana tree that grew 5 bananas each day; we had to separate them into equal parts so we did. After that, the tribe leaders sat down and he told us to go after the bananas (almost everyone jumped out of their seats and were trying to get to the board.) He stopped us and told us that he thought we had a plan and that we had sorted out a system (we clearly hadn’t). He then went on to explain about this activity.
The next activity was about Guy Fawkes and how Robert Catesby had used radicalisation to convince Guy Fawkes and other Catholics to join his plot. Thomas was Robert Catesby and he convinced other people in my class (who were acting as Catholics) to join his plan by using bribery. When they had finished doing the acting, we finished the lesson; Thomas gave us each a slip to fill out things like what we thought of the lesson and what we learnt. Before he left, everyone was given a certificate and we wrote an acronym for VOICE on it and a sticker that had a hotline to report things to the police.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this lesson and I thought it was quite interesting.
What the children said they learned:
- It is better to use your voice than violence as you can get remembered in a good way
- If we work together we can make the world a better place
- People aren't born as terrorists, they are turned into them.
- How terrorism really works, why people do it and how they hijack religions
- If you see or get a weird message from someone you don't know, tell a trusted adult
- People tried to make this world a land full of depression but if you take a step back you'll realise there are good things in this world too
- The internet is a window to the world
Other feedback from pupils:
- We should accept people with different qualities
- I am very grateful that Thomas came in today to teach and help us to understand the world in a more positive perspective
- Violence doesn't work, voice does
- You don't need to be influenced by bad people
- Be kind to everyone even if they are different
- The workshop was very entertaining and fun also all the children seemed to enjoy it
- The workshop was amazing
- The presenter taught us a lot of cool things
Feedback from our visiting speaker:
It was a pleasure to visit and work in your school. We are absolutely delighted by the messages your wonderful pupils have come out of our workshops with and would be so happy to work with your children again in the future!
Five Guys - reading reward trip
On 19 June, fifteen children, accompanied by Mr Finch and Mr Hunt, headed to the Five Guys burger restaurant in the town centre. These children had met their Easter term reading targets in our Accelerated Reader programme and this was their reward. Emma, the manager, welcomed us and led a programme of activities which included learning about Five Guys and their approach to making high-quality burgers, a cheese stacking competition and dressing our own burgers.
Kristija from 4 Orion gave her recollections of the visit:
As I walked to school, I just kept thing about the trip to Five Guys. I got to school and at about 9:05 we got onto the coach.
Me, Mr Finch, Mr Hunt and the other children walked across town square to Five Guys. We were greeted by Emma who gave us Five Guys tee-shirts and baseball caps to wear. After that, Emma told us some facts about five guys and about 4th July…… Five Guys Olympics!
We watched a video about the Olympics and then we were put into 3 groups for a cheese stacking competition. You basically had to stack slices of cheese in a star shape and wrap it in foil. Paris’ (Year 3) team won!
After that we got our buns and put dressings, salad and bacon in them. Soon after, we put our meat in and, when they had been cooked, started to eat the burgers we had made. We also got chips.
After we had all finished, we got certificates, sweets and vouchers for a free meal. We took a photo with Emma and the other staff members, said goodbye and headed back to school.
At Someries Junior School, we know children with a Growth Mindset will have a positive attitude towards their learning, they will view mistakes as learning opportunities and become resilient life-long learners.
The children enthusiastically participated in a Growth Mindset competition, where they had to portray (through a poem or poster) what Growth Mindset means to them. Entries were to a high standard, a huge thank you and well done to all those that entered.
Here are the winning entries: