The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Three (September 29th – October 10th 2014)
Important dates and events:
Harvest Festival ~ Thursday, October 23rd 2014 @ 9:30 a.m.
Have you been learning our class song? J
At this year’s festival taking place in KS1 hall, we will be performing our song “Fair Rude Trade”. The song tells the story of fair trade and how some farmers in under developed countries struggle to make a living. The song is sung to the tune of Magic’s “Rude” which is currently in the charts. Hopefully your child has shared their copy of the lyrics with you and has been serenading you since Monday! We are having daily rehearsals in the Juniper class to get the performance right and are trying some experiments with choruses and vocal loops, some of which may or may not make the performance on the 23rd. Singing together is great fun and a good way to boost confidence. We look forward to sharing it with you. In the meantime, here are the lyrics for you to join in…
“Fair Rude Trade” performed by the Junipers
(Verse 1): Working twelve hours
Making a living
The work’s unforgiving.
The chemicals used to
make them all grow
Is making me ill so ill.
All on my fingers
Feel like I’ve had my fill
(Bridge): Will you pay me fairly for the crops that I grow?
Say “yes”, say “yes” ‘cause I need to know
For I have to feed my children on the seeds that I sow
“Tough luck my friend, but the answer is “No””
(Chorus): Why’d you have to be so rude?
Don’t you know we’re human too?
That’s why you’ve got to buy Fair Trade
So the farmers are well paid
(Buy Fair Trade) For a fairer society
(Buy Fair Trade) For you and your family
(Buy Fair Trade) Put an end to child slavery
That’s why you’ve got to buy fair trade!
(Verse 2): For every banana
Sold thirty pence
The worker gets 2p.
The big supermarket
Takes 15 pence
Doesn’t seem fair to me!
The plantation owner
Gets 8 pence less
And the shipper gets 6p
Where is the fairness?
Whilst we all labour
And stay in this poverty
(Coda): That’s why you’ve got to buy Fair Trade!
So, we have been learning all about Fair Trade products and how the project helps farmers in some of the ways detailed in the above song. We have learnt some amazing facts about the lifestyles of people from other countries, some of which are particularly sad, especially the children who have to work from a very young age on some banana plantations and the length of the hours worked which can be in excess of fourteen hours per day for some adults! We concluded that we are quite lucky in comparison. We learnt how to identify Fair Trade products in shops by looking for the above label (which Jay noticed looked like a man waving with his right arm!).
You may have been aware of the Pen Licence initiative at the academy. When children consistently produce a neat, joined and cursive script in their exercise books, they are invited by their respective class teachers to take a sample of their books to Mrs. Minett for the reward of a license. These children have proven that they appreciate the importance of outstanding work presentation and taking pride in their written work. Mr. Smith is pleased to announce that we have our first three Juniper children now who have the privilege of using writing pens in class and our superb Juniper handwriting pupils are Evie, Morgan and Lucas. Mrs. Minett agreed that their handwriting is of such a quality that the merit of pen licence is deserved. Well done to the three of you. I am sure that other writers will be following suit soon!
Assessments in the key subject areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics have been taking place this week. These assessments are essential in measuring and monitoring the progress of the children and will inform ability groups with immediate effect. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact Mr. Smith at the academy. Alternatively, you will be receiving news soon regarding parent consultation meetings scheduled for November. Please look at our webpage for further details.
Best Table Winners…
Congratulations to the children below who have won the Best Table award over the past fortnight. They worked as a team to organise their learning, absorb themselves in the tasks and contribute to class discussions. Well done to you all!
Best Table winners (Week 04): Callum, Kienan, Evie, Thomas, Chloe & Charlie
Best Table Winners (Week 05): Morgan, Evie, Sam, Fallon-Sonnie, Cadey & Hannah
Roald Dahl Day
Thank you to everyone who helped support our Roald Dahl Day. We had a superb time and enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters!
Upcoming dates for your diaries…
Thursday, October 16th @ 9:30 a.m. – KS2 Harvest Festival
Thursday, October 23rd 2014 – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Halloween Disco.
Friday, October 24th – Sunday, November 2nd 2014 – Half Term Holiday.