On Friday 17th May, Swans International Primary School celebrated World Earth Day and demonstrated its support for environmental protection. The day started with a thought provoking assembly for each Key Stage. At Key Stage 2, Isabel Henareh, a year 6 pupil, prepared and presented an assembly to years 3, 4 and 5 outlining what climate change is, what causes it and what we can do to make a difference. This message was then taken into the classrooms by 16 other year 6 pupils, who, feeling equally impassioned by this global problem, had researched, prepared and presented a Google slides presentation, with the purpose of educating their younger peers.
Acting as classroom assistants, they then helped the children to write Earth Day pledges with a strong focus on what they could do individually to make a difference. To spread this message across the school community, the younger children were then guided in preparing a Google slides presentation to be shared with their families.
In the afternoon the focus shifted towards upcycling waste cardboard through a variety of activities spanning the curriculum. To this end, Year 6 enjoyed working with Early Years to make windmills and sea themed scenery. They were further able to exercise their creativity, by choosing their own upcycling activity to do with a small group of children.
The day ended with a celebration assembly in Key Stage 2, to showcase the learning that had taken place over the day and to share the children's work.
The day was a fantastic experience for our Year 6 pupils to develop their thinking, social, communication, self-management and research skills in preparation for the school years ahead of them and beyond.