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Leeds Children’s Mayor Entries!

22/06/2018 at 09:56

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Leeds Children’s Mayor

15/06/2018 at 11:38

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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.

THE WINNER!

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!

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This week in 5L…

08/06/2018 at 16:20

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This week in 5L, we have hit the ground running for the final half-term and the children have done really well. In maths, we have been looking at time – specifically reading and telling the time and figuring out the intervals between two given times. The children have shown a good understanding of time using both analogue and 24 hour digital clocks.

The children also gave some short presentations about their favourite books, explaining a little bit about the story as well as giving reasons for why they like it and why others should read them as well. Each presentation was unique and the children all delivered them really confidently. We had some presentations using videos, props or a whiteboard to write on and some who just kept it nice and simple and spoke directly to their audience. Needless to say, everyone did brilliantly!

In music we started by wrapping up the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. The children have really enjoyed learning and performing this song (though we discovered that they struggle to bop in sync with each other!) and would like to share their final performance with you.

This half-term we are moving on to a new musical project but this time we’re mostly keeping the product under wraps – for now!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

08/06/2018 at 15:56

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This half-term, we are going to be looking at Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. It is a fairly confusing play, so this week our for Literacy lesson we have spent a lot of time getting our heads around it all. To help us out, we have been using the following video (parents, I apologise in advance for this song being stuck in your head…):

The children also put their dramatic skills to the test and created some fantastic freeze frames to show key events of the play. I am sure that you will enjoy these as much as I did.

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5B Residential Day 2!

24/05/2018 at 19:34

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Phew! Another fabulous day!

Today the class split into two, with one half cycling while the other half went caving (then we swapped over).

I (Miss Bradley) was lucky enough to go cycling AND caving.  I was blown away by the effort and enthusiasm of the pupils I spent the day with.  It was also so lovely to see the pupils cheering each other on and providing lots of support and encouragement.

We had a few minor injuries while cycling.  This included some grazed elbows and knees.  This didn’t slow us down at all though!  I was actually really impressed with the children and of those who tried the harder cycling challenges; I didn’t realise just how tricky the route was – steep banks and hairpin bends!

While caving, most of us took the opportunity to smear cave clay over our faces.  Mrs Hawkhead had a full facial but is still waiting for the clay to take 10 years off, giving a youthful and radiant appearance, as promised by Charlie.  There was some water in the cave and some sections where we crawled, so most pupils got water in their wellies.  Miss Bradley had water in her wellies before the caving even began though, because she fell in a muddy bog! Once we finished the last cave, we poured our welly water over each other’s heads as a final hurrah!

We are now all back at the lodge and dinner is cooking.  Pupils have showered and most are playing in the garden.  Some children have come inside however and are keen to have their say on the blog.

Dom: “I had a lovely time and I don’t want to go back tomorrow! I fell of my bike today but I just got back on and went up the hill.  I also flossed inside the cave!”

Izzy: “Hi Mum and Daddy.”

Grace: “Hi family.  I’m having a great time and I’ve learnt lots of wonderful things.  I don’t want to leave tomorrow… but I can’t wait to see you!” (Grace came back after 5 minutes to add that last bit.  She said she didn’t want it to seem like she wasn’t missing home!)

Girleen: “Hi Mum and Dad.  I’m having a lovely time. My favourite part of residential was when I had to squeeze through a tiny hole in the caves!”

Jace: “I’m having fun. I’ve got to go help tidy my room! Bye!” (He was a man with a mission!)

Saroop: “Hi Mum and Dad. My favourite part in the cave was squeezing through the tight holes.  In cycling, I kept falling and banging my knees and they hurt! But I didn’t give up!”

 Aman: “Hello Mum and Dad.  I’m having an awesome time. I also really miss you.”

Luke:  “I just want to say I had an excellent time and the favourite thing I loved was caving.  I kind of liked cycling. I didn’t like going up hills though because it was hard!”

Pics below:

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5B residential day 1

24/05/2018 at 00:15

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Hello from Gearstones! Children have just finished eating some rhubarb crumble for supper and are now tucked up in bed… all seems quiet!

We have had a wonderful day. The train journey was really fun and we just caught 5L catching the train on the other side of the platform, so we had a few minutes to say goodbye.  After arriving at the lodge and eating lunch, pupils made their beds and then we prepared for the waterfall walk.

The sun came out and our walk was glorious.  No one complained about sore feet and some members of the public commented on just how polite the children were.  We enjoyed the whole walk but the unanimous favourite was the paddling.

The Farfield rule is – you can get as wet as you want but you aren’t allowed to complain after.  Well, we weren’t quite expecting people to literally dip their heads in, in an attempt to get as wet as physically possible! Before going on residential, one of the pupils asked, “can I take my goggles for the waterfall walk?” I laughed, but perhaps that wasn’t such a silly question!

We are up early tomorrow for a full day of caving and cycling. Hopefully tomorrow we may also be able to read some comments from parents.

Goodnight!

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