Danson Pupils are Global Citizens
We have moved forward in the way that we communicate with our link school in Malawi. We are now able to communicate via WhatsApp. We have been discussing the type of educational trips that we do, the purpose of them and how they are organised. Chimweta Primary School recently visited a Cultural Heritage centre called Kongoni. One of our recent visits was to our local Co-op to learn about fair trade and how supermarkets, in Britain are moving forward with their promotion of Fair Trade products.
This week the focus has been on Lake Malawi and the children’s learning has culminated in artwork which will form a new Global Citizen’s display. Doria Mdanda, from Chimweta Primary, has been visiting Danson to support us in the development of our demonstration garden alongside Holly Nichols from Starfish Malawi. The new Eco Council will continue the work that began last year.
Doria has also come to thank the children for the educational gifts that Chimweta received and to inform us that the children there are overwhelmed by your generosity.
John Rolfe, from The British Council, has also visited Danson to congratulate everyone on the strength of the communication that has been made.
Danson's Global Partnership is with a school in Malawi.
During Global Citizen week in the Autumn Term we focused on ‘Food Glorious Food’. The children thought about their favourite foods and where they come from, reflected on the importance of a balanced diet and foods required for different activities.
Some classes carried out fruit-tasting activities and made their own clay fruit bowls. Others read stories and sang songs about food. Some children kept food diaries for a week and reflected on the food they had eaten whilst others planned and wrote moral stories about food. Different year groups engaged in the ‘Farm to Fork’ experience at Tesco and learned a lot about where their food comes from.
Through an understanding of children’s rights, the children compared what is available to them to what is available to children in our link school in Malawi. As a result, all children began to consider reasons for lack of food with a focus on the effects of weather conditions on crops. With this new information the children have explored ways to cut down on food waste in the school and are exploring ways to help others grow crops successfully.
Global Citizen Week
5th – 9th May 2015
Wildlife and Habitats
Holly Nichols from Starfish Malawi came in the week before to get the children thinking about wildlife and habitats in Britain and Malawi.
Later, children explored habitats and the animals that live in them, drew maps and compared habitats. Others solved the problem of getting food from one habitat to another whilst other classes researched endangered animals, drew line graphs of endangered species and recognised loss of habitat as a primary concern. Debating skills were further developed when children considered the fate of the black rhino meanwhile other children looked carefully at difference and diversity whilst recognising that they can make a difference. Traditional oral story-telling performances were present in assembly and Mr Hughes worked with children to demonstrate the skills needed to play African drums. There was a fantastic response to ‘Shoesday Tuesday’ when a wealth of resources were generously donated for Chimweta Primary School in Malawi.
To act on what we have learned a ‘demonstration garden’ is being developed that will focus on creating and protecting habitats and growing food for balanced and healthy nutrition as well as sustainable living.
In 2013-2014 we completed three themed weeks linked to:
Following whole school work on Children’s Rights, the topic of water was chosen as a theme for linking children across the globe. Through the concept of water as ‘our most precious resource’, the children of Danson children engaged in a range of activities that enabled them to explore the importance of water for all and the issues that surround a lack of water. Activities included: exploring uses of water and calculating our own water usage, learning about the water cycle and making mini water cycles, comparing rainfall in the UK with rainfall in Africa, producing tables and graphs, measuring length, exploring capacity, using maps, globes and atlases, showing empathy for others, finding ways to clean dirty water, completing water surveys and finding ways to reduce water usage. As a result the children began to show a greater awareness of themselves as world citizens and were inspired into action as a result.
During the spring term we chose another global theme, the issue of litter. We decided to explore litter within our own community with a viewtowards extending our understanding and comparing problems with othercountries.Initially we carried out independent litter surveys in our own localities, reported our findings to our peers, then presented them in different formats for others to analyse. From this we were able to determine different kinds of litter problems and the reasons for them. We looked at maps of the local area and identified litter hotspots. After this we went on to work collaboratively to consider the causes of these problems and possible ways to deal with them. Ultimately, we devised a report, newsletter or newspaper report on the problem of litter in our local community. We plan to compare and contrast our litter problems with those of countries around the world.
The focus for our recent Global Citizen’s Week was on deforestation. Across the school the children carried out research on all aspects of deforestation. They looked at reasons for and against it and carried out debates on issues related to the main theme. Throughout the week, children completed a range of tasks that enable them to use and apply their learning. This included solving maths problems, linking maths and science concepts to geographical issues, writing diaries, letters and newspaper reports, creating art projects and linking all aspects of the issue to Danson School values. Tuesday was Shoesday and the children were able to wear their own unique shoe designs to school. Some of our governors were able to engage with the children on the final day of the week, this included exploring the work carried out and listening to a range of class debates.
Following Doria Mtanda's visit to our School in June of this year. Mrs Anthony, representing Danson School, made a vist to our 'connecting school' Chimweta Primary School, in Lilongwe - the capital of Malawi. A joint project of 'hands across the water' was completed and an irrigation system was installed to support the children with their 'demonstration garden' where they were growing their own fruit and vegetables. As well as this, Danson and Chimweta shared their different teaching skills.