Cross Curriculur Days
Each half-term, the normal school timetable is relaxed and pupils are engrossed in enrichment activities through our diverse Cross-Curricular Day programme. On these days, pupils are immersed in a wide-range of experiences that open their eyes to world culture, personal, social and moral issues and self-development, in order to support them in developing as individuals.
For 2019-2020 our Cross-Curricular Days are as follows:
- Staying Safe/Well Being
- Save Our Planet
- Day Out Orienteering
Class 1- Pupils reflected on why we all need break-time, how it helps us and what we get out of it, and how it might affect us if we never got to have a break. They thought about what they can eat and drink during a break, and made some choices about this, building their knowledge of nutritional factors such as energy levels. They also learned that many of the farmers who grow the food that we eat at break-time live in poverty. By choosing to put Fairtrade in their break, they can help farmers earn enough to provide for their families.
The children designed and created a Fairtrade snack, played ‘Breaks and Ladders’ in groups, a game of chance where pupils learn more about farmers’ lives and how Fairtrade can help and sorted the snacks into a Venn diagram – healthy, Fairtrade or both. Paying particular attention if there are any that don’t fit
The children found out about the hard work involved in growing banana’s in Class 2. They reflected on the links they have with the farmers and producers who grow the food we eat and created a comic strip describing the journey of a Fairtrade banana
The Class 3 children learned to understand the importance of a healthy breakfast. They drew a healthy breakfast using Fairtrade products. They also looked at why breakfast is such an important part of the day
They also explored Healthy Breakfast Ideas
• Wholemeal toast with butter
• Fresh fruit salad with yoghurt
• Boiled eggs with soldiers
• Banana on wholemeal toast
• Weetabix with milk and fruit topping
• Porridge with milk
Class 4 children looked into cotton production processes that take place in different working environments.
They learnt many facts such as how Cotton is the most important of all natural fibres, accounting for almost half of all textiles in the world. Cotton is now the world’s most important non-food crop, covering five per cent of the planet’s cultivated land area. It is grown in more than 80 countries around the world
The students played a game of ‘’Who made my T-shirt?’’
The children looked at what makes a healthy Fairtrade breakfast in Class 5. They Coloured in breakfast sheet/label and draw breakfast items on the plate
The children discussed What happens when we miss breakfast and how our breakfast comes from around the world and why they think our fruit and cereals might come from across the world – and who grows them.
in the Class 6 classroom children looked at how cocoa is grown and made into the chocolates we know and love. They learnt about how much effort is put into growing and harvesting the cocoa beans by the farmers and the way the cocoa beans are then dried out and weighed before being sold. The children came to realise how much work is put into these products and that the farmers are not always paid their fair share. They then understood why it is important to choose Fairtrade as Fairtrade promises to pay farmers enough to sustain their livelihoods.
Reception looked at where we live for cross curricular. They made their own versions of Stonehenge and talked about how such large stones might have been moved a long time ago. Using shapes that they cut out and split pins, the children made the London Eye. They also made their own maps of islands, adding features and labelling them. Making the Humber Bridge was fun too as well as making flags.
In Year 1, the children learnt about visas and the difference Brexit will make to visa. They then made their own visa cards.
Year 2 class taught about the history of Brexit and the main events leading to Brexit. They first talked about what the EU is and initially how it started with only 6 countries after World War 2. They enjoyed learning about how the EU then evolved into what it is today. The children discussed which countries are part of the EU and finally, why the United Kingdom decided to leave and what that means for us.
During cross curricular in year 3, pupils designed their beautiful new flags for the UK if we were to leave the EU. There were very creative designs and lots of fantastic work from the children.
In Year 4 class, the children in KS1 made colourful posters explaining their reasoning behind either exiting or remaining in the EU. The KS2 children were extremely passionate in their speeches. They used persuasive language features, listing many reasons for their manifesto’s, and demonstrated a great awareness of their audience.
Children were informed about the advantages and disadvantages of Brexit and leaving the EU in Class 5. They designed their own poster expressing their opinion on Brexit. They also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to persuade him to listen to their concerns
Finally, it was election time in Class 6, there was a General Election British Food vs Indian Food. After a very tense election, the final result were announced, and the winners were INDIAN FOOD. A better taste for the future. Commiserations to British Food. It was a very good campaign. Well done everyone.
Hajj In A Day 18/07/2019
Paradise Children presented an outstanding Jalsa performance where the Paradise Hajj Group embarked on a unique journey with their captive audience; offering them a real-life Hajj experience. The children’s effort to bring the Hajj experience to fruition was demonstrated through nasheeds, Quran recitations, poems and role plays. The outstanding and inspirational performances encapsulated the spirit of Hajj and commemoration of the actions of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). It was a wonderful opportunity for children to perform the hajj rituals enabling them to gain a greater understanding of the fifth pillar of Islam. Well done to all the children for their exceptional performances which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
British Food Festival 20/06/2019
For the ‘British Food Festival’ cross curricular, the children engaged in fun and interactive activities and sampled various delicious classic British food throughout the day. As we normally do on Cross curricular day, the children from all year groups were put in groups and throughout the day, went to each classroom to partake in the different activities that were prepared.
In Year 1 they learnt about strawberries and its importance in British desserts and why they play an important role. They looked through the history and facts about strawberries and imagined new desserts variations that could be made. They finished off by learning the history of Eton Mess as well as tasting this delicious dessert.
Who wouldn’t like classic fish, chips and mushy peas for lunch! In Year 2, the children not only had a go at sampling this favourite, but were fascinated with the history and traditions of British food, especially how fish and chips are placed and wrapped in Newspapers.
There’s no breakfast like a full English breakfast as the children saw in Year 3. With scrambled eggs, buttered toast, sausages and of course baked beans, the children were spoiled for choice as they tried and tested the variety of food. As well as this, they discussed what it consists of, which food group each food belongs to and why is it good for us.
After all the food, it was time for some nice afternoon tea in Year 4 with scones, jam, crumpets, biscuits and tea. The children engaged in various activities and were surprised to learn how this has been around for hundreds of years.
A good meal finishes with a tasty dessert. Just like the Jam Roly Poly and custard in Year 5. The children were clearly a fan of desserts as they identified and wrote an endless list of desserts known and tasted.
In Year 6, the children brought out their creative side as they created their own branding for various food products and made their very own party hats!!
STEM in Our Every Day Lives 09/04/2019
STEM Cross Curricular day provided a resourceful platform to stimulate and support children to become confident individuals and celebrate all sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and their importance and reliance in our everyday lives.
Throughout the day, children took part in various activities and challenges.
In Reception, the children discussed how STEM is implemented in our daily lives.
Their STEM challenges were based around the book SUPERTATO.
A. Make a bridge for Supertato to cross the river
B. Make traps for the Evil Pea
C. Help the Evil Pea stay afloat in the water using foil
D. Make magnifying glasses to search for the Evil Pea
As well as this, they also attempted to build a bridge for 20 teddies using only 4 cups and 4 sticks and enjoyed being engineers for the day and building different things out of LEGO.
Throughout the day children engaged in various exciting activities such as:
– Making Triangles: each person receives 9 toothpicks. The goal is to make as many triangles as possible with 9 toothpicks.
– Paper Water Bucket: make a cup out of a sheet of paper, no glue, no staple, nothing else – the goal is to hold as much water as possible for 10 seconds.
– Paper Tower Challenge: to build the tallest tower out of paper only
The children learnt about how STEM is used in baking. They learnt about the different mathematical skills involved when measuring ingredients, the technology used in the kitchen and also the science behind how cakes and bread rise. The children really enjoyed making their own cupcakes and eating them at the end of the day.
They looked at the structures of different bridges and the properties of each one to see what would make a strong bridge. They discussed which materials are strong enough to hold bridges up and which materials would not be useful
They were challenged to build a bridge 50cm wide to support the weight of a food tin. They had do this using only drinking straws, tape and string. First, they investigated different shapes to find out which ones would be better at absorbing load. They then designed and create their bridges before testing them out.
To understand the effects of waste and which materials are effective to people and the environment.
The children were given a selection of biscuits and had to decide which materials they would use to package them. with either plastic, glass and cardboard. They then had to pack them, decorate and price them.
On Multi Faith Cross Curricular day, the key message of Respect and Tolerance was enhanced through looking at the six main religions.
Children made a ‘thank you’ card for their neighbours and learnt the role of neighbours in Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other religions.
They explored the different religions and what the places of worship are and took part in many activities:
–learnt the places of worship, symbol, special book and language for different religions
-Researched the internet, and prepared a poster showing the various activities that happen in different places of worship. E.g. youth clubs, study groups, community car
-Pupils made a role play up about visiting their neighbours who are from a different faith. They have been invited for dinner and the dress code is ‘religious clothing’. This enabled them to learn the similarities and differences in faiths
-To be tolerant, understanding and accepting of all faiths and to appreciate different traditions, customs, history, festivals and importance. The children took part in various activities and created/designed their own festival outfits, completed word searches and role-plays.
Languages Around the World 18/12/2018
This cross curricular was themed around promoting multilingualism and creating awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. The whole school became alive with a celebration of our diverse and beautiful world of rich cultures, customs and languages spoken around the globe.
Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, Urdu, Konglish were just some of the languages the children learnt. As well as learning and practising different words and phrases, the children enjoyed sampling the food associated with the languages.
Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS 17/10/2018
The children explored the beginnings of the NHS and how we can support it today.
They showed their appreciation by making cards/poems. They also got a chance to apply for NHS jobs most suited to their skill set. Dentistry, Doctors, Nurses, Optometrist were just few of many that were looked at.
First Aid plays a huge part and in order to develop basic skills to spot danger and help save lives, the children had the opportunity to practice the different aspects of first aid etc