In Shamrocks class we have done lots of work in the past on sustainable energy and looking after the planet. We re-capped what we can do to help look after the environment.
We talked in pairs and small groups about things we can reduce our use of to prevent waste.
We discussed the right to freedom of speech and what this meant to us.
We then thought about how in terms of rights, we also have the responsibility to make sure that we neither do nor say something that might restrict other peoples’ rights or prevent other people from enjoying their rights. For example:
This led us to think about how anything we say must also not offend others or put their rights in danger.
One person’s rights should not harm another person’s rights: making a comment about someone based on their age, race or gender goes against that person’s right to be treated fairly and equally.
Finally we discussed how these responsibilities are not just through our spoken words but also anything we write, on paper or digitally online.
We discussed how the law affects the rules we have in school.
E.g. We must attend school.
Rules about keeping us safe in school.
Rules about how the school is run and what teachers must teach.
We talked about how the majority of these rules are decided by parliament and enforced by a government.
We then talked about how some laws are referred to as crimes, which are generally serious involving violence, risk of injury or theft. Other laws are called civil law and govern how people buy and sell things, do their work, carry out business and what rights and responsibilities they may have. For example, if you buy something and it breaks straight away because it is faulty, the civil law gives you rights to have your money back.
We then discussed what happens when someone breaks the law and watched a video all about the criminal justice system and how trials are carried out. It was really interesting to find out about the roles and responsibilities of a jury.
Music - Vocal Composition
This afternoon the children in Shamrocks have been using abstract images to create their own vocal compositions. They had to think carefully about the structure, timbre, pitch dynamics and tempo of their piece, and explain it to the class once they had performed it.
Music - Picturing Music
This afternoon the children in Shamrocks have been building their knowledge of graphical score. The focus was on colours that create a visual representation of pieces of music. We listened carefully to some music and discussed four areas; features, section, instruments and dynamics.
Music - What is synesthesia?
The children recapped their knowledge of Holi (the Hindu festival of colour). Then they used this knowledge to discuss colour and how some musicians use their senses to 'see' music. We listened to a range of music and discussed which colours the children first thought of when they listened carefully. Lyndon thought loud, low music sounded red like anger, Arti thought fast high notes sounded green or light colours. Alastair said the slow low music sounded blue. This was a lovely activity because there was no right or wrong answer, it was very personal to the individual.
This is the blog of Shamrocks' Class (Year 5 and 6)