Reading with P4

This term we started helping the P4s with their reading. Our book was The Firework Maker's Daughter and we partnered up with a P4 and read a page each. We think our reading has improved because we would normally not read aloud so this was also an opportunity to improve our reading as well as their reading. It also helped us with our confidence to read to a person in another class and it’s a good way to hear what other people think of the book. We need to know that they are hooked into the book by asking them questions like, 'What do you think the characters are feeling?', 'What do you think is going to happen next?', 'Why do you think the characters are feeling like this?' 

Here are some of the comments from the P6 paired readers:

'They seemed more confident as I continued to go down'
'I felt the reader enjoyed going to the library and reading the story and improved each week.'
'I'm more confident to go again because I know what it is like.'
'I was surprised to find out that some of the readers were at the same level as me.'
'I felt my reader improved with his expression and read more fluently.'
'It was fun because you got to read to someone you have never read to before.'
'It was interesting listening to younger children read to you. To start with they told me what the story was about, what had happened and what they think is going to happen. They understood the story well.'
'I think I am better at reading now that I have read to other people. It builds up your confidence'

Our dioramas


Yesterday we were making dioramas. We decided if we wanted to be in pairs or on our own. We decided an animal and its habitat. First the people who brought in boxes handed them out to other people. We then drew an idea that we hoped to achieve. Once we had our ideas we went to get research. Then we started by cutting a peep hole and also making our background to block the corners. We drew on the background and then set it in. then we stuck things to the bottom of the box before putting in sand or leaving it bare. Then we stuck things to the top of the box lid. We then cut a hole in the lid and put cellophane in it to make the lighting green or blue or silver. 
We all really enjoyed it and are pleased with our achievement. 

Fair Trade Fortnight - The Chocolate Trading Game

Yesterday we were playing the Fairtrade game. We all got roles and there was the cocoa farmers, the Fairtrade farmers, shoppers, shop keepers 1 and 2, the big chocolate factory and the Fairtrade chocolate factory.
                                           Cocoa farmers
Cocoa farmers don’t get paid for enough for what they produce. They would like a better deal they want to sell to Fairtrade cocoa factory’s but cant. Now let’s interview some cocoa farmers.
Q: How hard is life on the farm and why?
A: It’s really hard because we don’t get the fair amount of money we deserve!
Q: How do you feel about the price of cocoa beans going down?
A: terrible because we don’t get enough money!
Q: how do you feel about black pod decease?
A: Terrible because big chocolate factory won’t buy our beans only from surtian cocoa farmers!

                    Fairtrade cocoa farmers
The fairtrade farmers get a better amount of money because the cocoa beans they grow get bought for a good amount. Lets interview some fairtrade farmers.

Q: what are you trying to accomplish ?
A: we wanted to have a good and good payment that is why were fairtrade
Q: Do you just sell to fairtrade factories?
A: there is always argument between us but we mostly don’t
Q: do you ever feel your going to get scammed by not getting fair amount of money for your beans?
A: No we trust the people we sell to
Q: How do you feel about black pod disease ?
A: it doesn’t affect us because we made plenty last season

                                       Fairtrade factory
The Fairtrade factory buys beans from fairtrade cocoa farmers. They give them a fair amount of money. Now lets get on to the interview.
Q: How much do you pay for cocoa beans?
A: 5p per bean
Q: What do you think about fairtrade?
A: We think fairtrade is important because everyone should be treated fairly
Q: Do you always buy from fairtrade?
A: Yes we do
Q: How do you feel about black pod disease?
A: We don’t really like it because its bad for the farmers but its good for us because we get more money

Big chocolate factory
The big chocolate factory only buys from independent farmers. Lets start the interview.
Q: What is your aim?
A: more profit
Q: why do you want more profit?
A: decent pay and so our families can have a good living
Q: where do you get your beans and why?
A: Ghana because its better quality
Q: Why did you lower the prices?
A: we wanted more money
Q: don’t you get enough money?
A: well yes but we wanted more money to get more supplies
Q: do you ever consider cocoa farmers?
A: we only care about ourselves
Q:how do you feel about black pod disease?
A: it doesn’t affect us we bought plenty last season

                                Shop keepers 1
Shop keepers number 1 is fairtrade and sell fairtrade produts.
Now lets get on with the interview.
Q: Do you ever buy from big chocolate factory?
A: Sometimes only if they have a good price
Q; Why did you buy it then if someone wasn’t getting the fair price for it?
A: We don’t care about poor people.
Q: Why don’t you care?
A: We only care about our lives no one elses
Q: How much do you sell your chocolate bars for?
A: £1 per bar
                                        Shop keepers 2
Shop keepers number 2 sometimes sell fairtrade products. Lets get on to the interview .
Q: Do you always buy from fairtrade factory?
A: We sometimes buy from fairtrade factoreis but sometimes buy from big chocolate factory.
Q: How do you feel about black pod deacese?
A: It doesn’t really effect us because we can buy from both factories.

The shoppers work with the journalists to help them find out information about fairtrade. We interviewed them ourselfs lets see what they said.
Q: Do you only buy fairtrade chocolate bars?
A: Well I usually buy fairtrade chocolate bars because its fairer price for the farmers.
Q: Do you taste a difference from fairtrade and non fairtrade chocolate bars?
A: No but it feel better eating a fairtrade chocolate bar.

That’s all we have interviewed today but we think we will be doing another fairtrade game again.

Inventions to help us achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Our great global goal inventions

A few weeks ago two men came in and told us about the seventeen global goals. We were so interested in these goals and completing them that we set to work on making up our own inventions. First of all we all thought of our own ideas focusing on one of the global goals. Then we joined up with other people who had similar ideas or were focusing on the same goal. After a few weeks of creating our inventions we finally had the final piece. We showed it to the class and explained our ideas then answered questions and fixed any problems. Then Ms Mackay who inspired us to do these along with the men who came in put together a PowerPoint of all our inventions. We hope that in the future our inventions will be made and hopefully we can complete these seventeen global goals by 2030.

Look at this great invention!