13/07/2018 at 15:48
This half term, the children have been working really hard on our topic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have shown a really good understanding of the plot (which is actually incredibly difficult because of how complicated the story is!) and have been working really hard to retell the story in their own unique ways.
Working in 4 groups, the children have collaborated on a script that would allow them to tell the story in a simpler way and then performed them for each other. I have to say, the performances were fantastic, with plenty of really stand-out actors! They were so good, we thought we’d share them with you.
So here they are, our versions of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’!
06/07/2018 at 14:34
This week has been a very busy one for 5L, including two separate trips (thanks for that one Miss B!).
We started off the week with a very warm trip to Malham, which we ended up doing in reverse because of the weather. This meant starting off by climbing up around 400 steps to reach the top of Malham Cove, which was no easy feat in the heat! The children did spectacularly well however and were soon well on their way to Goredale Scar. Unfortunately when we arrived, we found that the waterfall was completely dried up – not a drop of water in sight! Even so, we had a good lunch and followed it up with a well deserved ice-cream, with a little bit of map work on the side. Then, it was off to Janet’s Foss, which again was somewhat lacking in water. After this, the children were given the opportunity to walk independently through a wooded area of the walk, listening to the sounds of nature without other children distracting them. I have to admit, this is definitely my favourite part of the trip every year. Given that we weren’t able to paddle at Goredale Scar, we found a small stream near the end of our walk that the children could cool off in. Overall, even though there wasn’t very much water to study, I think we had a very successful trip and the whole class showed an excellent sense of camaraderie, encouraging each other the whole day.
05/07/2018 at 17:08
Today pupils visited a water treatment centre to learn more about the water cycle and how water is made safe for us to drink!
We also got started on our design and technology topic – to create a model waterfall, meandering river, reservoir, limestone pavement or sink hole. Thank you very much for all the parents who sent in resources. We had enough to share with 5L too! Right now our designs are little more than bits of cardboard – watch this space!
29/06/2018 at 18:19
5B loved their trip to Malham, despite it being incredibly hot! There was much less water than usual in the waterfalls and streams.
22/06/2018 at 09:56
Pupils applying for the position of Leeds Children’s Mayor were asked to come up with a manifesto (idea/plan) to help the children and young people of Leeds (and other areas too, if possible).
Pupils were given the following key points to consider: Their idea had to be realistic – it could actually happen. Their idea had to be low cost/no cost, and pose no damage to the environment. Their idea had to benefit as many people as possible, but in particular children. They needed to ensure their idea was unique and would stand out.
Here is a brief version of each entrant’s manifesto:
|1||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds…. My idea of becoming the Leeds children’s Mayor is not just for fame but the to make a difference. My main objective is to make my school and the local community more child friendly. My manifesto is to make sure children are having fun. Staying safe and most importantly being responsible. To start off with I would introduce a walking bus where parents can meet at a remote place and walk the children to school. This would allow children to keep fit and reduce traffic. I would fill positive posters around school and the local community would keep people mentally healthy these posters will be created by our students in a competition. |
|2||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds, my focus would be on creating opportunities for all children to get involved in music no matter where in Leeds they live or how much money they have. Music helps me to express myself and brings me so much happiness. I want every child to find the joy in music. I would like to suggest a number of ideas to bring music to the children of Leeds: |
· Schools could run whole-school music days where everybody has the chance to focus on different kinds of music.
· Schools could host musician visits (like author visits) with musicians from Leeds volunteering their time.
· As a city, we could create an instrument library where people donate old or unneeded instruments for children to use. Volunteers could repair and tune them.
· Leeds School Choir and Orchestra could put on concerts in schools to promote the groups. There could be more music groups across the city to make transportation easier.
· School children could be invited to dress rehearsals or given unsold tickets for musical performances at Leeds theatres like The Grand
I am very passionate about music and I would work hard with others to make these ideas happen.
|3||My manifesto would be for children AND adults in Leeds to get more fitter and healthier. I believe that all children and adults in Leeds need more exercise and fresh air. The reason why is because now a days we have technology, but adults and children are constantly on their phones, Ipads, game consoles ect, ect, so I propose to make everyone more active whilst everyone is having fun. For example, there should be a 15 mins lesson on exercise in the morning and the afternoon – where children run in the playground and have races. Also if a child Finishes work on time, the child can do simple exercises in the room such as squats sit-ups and press-ups. |
|4||I would have one or two vegetarian or halal meals per week. I am planning to get every school in Leeds to be health and not have any obese or over-weight kids. I know all this because my school won the healthiest school of the year award, not in Leeds, not in Yorkshire, not in England, but in the entire U.K. also it would be good to have more P.E choices as well. |
|5||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds my number 1 job will be to grab hold of children not being aware of the dangers online. I kindly suggest that schools should include exercises into the schools daily routine about the safety and dangers of using the internet. I am especially passionate about this since many children use the internet daily. With the monster, children will be able to express their worries without the fear of talking. So, the monster would be in each class so pupils will have access to it. Pupils who have any worry, they would be able to write it on a piece of paper and stick it in the monster pouch. |
|6||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would give homeless people a friend, someone to talk to about any serious worries they have and all the big essentials they need to live a better life. I would be delighted to organise a weekly meeting for homeless people to have a chat with other people that are in their situation and to hold a food buffet for them. I know you’re thinking that it will cost too much but I have a way to help that in my paragraph about low cost. I’m sure they’d love to be able to talk to people that are going through the same thing as them. I feel really passionate about helping homeless people (because I’ve seen with my own eyes how mean people can be to them) and it breaks my heart when I see one in the street. I always ask whoever I’m with if I can buy them a coffee or something to eat. I’m not saying you have to give homeless people change or food or something to drink but just a friendly smile could really make their day. |
|7||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds…. I would help with plastic waste to save the environment and make the world a better place for children. I would make milk in recyclable bottles and get schools to make things out of plastic and other recyclable objects, and battery bins to be put inside every school. |
|8||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would ensure that every child in school learns sign language. I suggest for an hour every week a sign language teacher goes into classes around Leeds and teaches the children sign language. I feel children are being left out because they can’t hear or speak. My manifesto will hopefully give adults and children a better education and make sure children at school are not being left out. I would really enjoy being Leeds children Mayor and would go to every meeting with pride. It’s really upsetting when people are left out because of disabilities and my manifesto and ideas will really help to tackle that. People will be a lot happier when they can communicate -and make friend with other people. |
|9||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds my ideas would help tackle people’s wellbeing, because I think it is vital for everyday life and happiness. I would create a worry box in every classroom around Leeds. I would allocate worry time each week and even anonymous worries could be read out and the whole class could help to solve them. I would spread the idea around Leeds by having a ’feel good forum’ in places like community centres. In local parks, I would adopt a tree and anyone could attach a positive message to it. It would be checked regularly to ensure there wasn’t negative messages on it. I would raise money by doing bake sales and tombolas. I would use the money to make my ideas happen. |
|10||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would introduce a Walking School Bus scheme. Like a normal bus, but free, clean, on time and with no need for a bus! Parents, or other adult volunteers or older children, would agree to supervise children walking or scooting to their school. Meeting points and times would be arranged on the popular routes to school. |
|11||If I was Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would get schools to go outside more and help the environment and nature. You could recycle different materials to make homes for the animals and insects. This would increase the amount of animals as well as reducing the amount of litter. You could put up a long net with wool and string for the homes of animals. All schools should put a box up in their reception point and use it for putting the recycled materials in it. This would mean a lot to me as I love animals. |
I’m sure you will agree that all the entrants put a lot of though and effort into their manifestos and I was very proud of everyone.
All the year 5’s and 6’s voted confidentially for their favourite.
In third place was number 3! Well done Dev!
In second place was number 8! Well done Macey!
In first place was number 2! Well done Charlie!
15/06/2018 at 11:38
We have been given the fantastic opportunity to take part in a competition for one of our pupils to become Leeds Children’s Mayor. Over half of the year 5 pupils expressed an interest in this and hopefully have taken details home to share with parents.
Leeds Children’s Mayors is an annual citizen project that has been running for 13 years. It is run in partnership between Democratic Services and the Voice and Influence Team.
The project aims to actively engage children in the process of democracy and promote an understanding of rights and responsibilities as well as being an active citizen. It is an opportunity for schools to encourage and support pupils to be aspirational, and recognise that their actions can influence change.
What is in it for entrants?
All Entrants: all entrants will be invited to Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday 10th October to meet the Lord Mayor of Leeds and receive their certificate of participation and badge.
Final 12: The final 12 candidates will have their photo and manifesto published on the Breeze website during the voting period before being invited to the prestigious finalist’s reception at Leeds Civic Hall where they will have tea with the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
What does Children’s Mayor of Leeds entail?
- Switching on the Christmas Lights with the Lord Mayor of Leeds City Council
- Attending a full Leeds City Council meeting in January to read their manifesto to the 99 councillors
- Having the Lord Mayor of Leeds present a certificate at an assembly in school
- Working alongside council teams to try and implement the manifesto
- Accompanying the Lord Mayor on the Remembrance Sunday parade
- Attending a variety of civic functions throughout the year in the official role as Leeds Children’s Mayor
- Reading manifesto and sharing journey so far at Child Friendly Leeds Ambassador events
The Leeds Children’s Mayor will be expected to wear the robes at all high profile engagements.
Remember, if you have chosen to take part, you must hand your entries back in by Thursday 21st June at the latest! Good luck!