With Mrs Hardie and Mrs Shepherd we were thinking about Individual Liberty.
We looked at the story of Elmer and how he was allowed to be an individual and unique. We shared our own personal likes- food, animals, sport, hobbies and books. From this we made beautiful identity tags about ourselves.
We listened to the teacher’s instructions, and drew what was described on whiteboards. Our results were all very different, showing how we have the freedom to express our own ideas. We continued this in pairs, giving each other instructions.
As a whole school, we created an ‘Individual Liberty Tree’ out of our handprints to remind us that, as individuals, we create a fantastic community at The Bythams.
Tolerance and Respect
The children recalled the many different faiths that are in the world and in Britain today. As our Wow Days also coincided with the Hindu festival of Diwali, the children learned a little about this festival in order that they could foster tolerance, respect and an understanding that not everyone has the same faith.
There were many activities the children did during this session. They loved dressing up and learning some Bollywood dance moves.
Everyone used clay and glitter to make candle holders, such as the Diva lamps Hindus use in the Diwali festival. It was suggested these lamp holders could be used in the Christian celebration of Christmas.
The children made rangoli patterns and Diwali cards.
After watching a little girl and her family celebrate Diwali, they noticed that Hindus often used henna to decorate their hands, so the children drew around their hands on paper and decorated these too.
Rule of Law
For Mrs Wilson’s wow day we looked at the British value of Rule of Law. First we watched a video of a group of 5 year olds being tempted by a chocolate cake that they were told not to touch! We then discussed what life would be like without any rules or laws. Next we talked about the history of laws in this country, how they are constantly changing and how different countries have different laws that can seem very strange to us.
We then split into mixed age groups and designed and made board games which reflected the Rules of Law. Their creations were wonderfully imaginative and colourful.
Some of the Reception children also followed the rules to play an exciting game of Snakes and Ladders!
The children thoroughly enjoyed the days. “I really liked it because it was really creative and you learned a lot.” said Georgia (Year 6). Noah (Year 4) added “I liked it because it lets you set your imagination free.”