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British Heritage Week

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Year 4

On Monday we talked about liberty and what freedom we have in England. Then we all watched a video about children who had to work, in places like China and Asia. They have to carry water on their heads, dig in the fields and work in dusty factories and some were aged as young as 5 years old. We realised we are very lucky.

On Tuesday we went on the computers and found out about the Royal Family tree. And we made birthday cards for the Queen’s 90th birthday. It was a competition by West Berkshire Council, and we tried to put in scenes from our local area.

On Wednesday we did a leaflet about our houses like St David and St Andrew. I learnt that St David was known as the Water Man because he only drank water. I learnt that St Andrew found the boy who fed 5,000 with his packed lunch.

On Thursday we designed a birthday cake for the Queen and a fact sheet about her life. I found out that she has owned 30 corgis during her reign and she has 6 thrones in Buckingham Palace.

On Friday we did some really cool portraits of the Queen

It was a really fun week!

By Katie and Alice, Penguin Class

Year 2

In British Values week, we enjoyed learning about the countries that are part of the United Kingdom, their saints and emblems. We also found out a lot of  information about Queen Elizabeth and all the jobs she has to do. Afterwards we split our class into four teams: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and had a quiz to see who could remember the most! On the Friday we made flags, hats, place mats AND cucumber sandwiches and jams scones- which parents from our class donated. Then we had a tea party in the hall with the rest of key stage 1! It was fun!

By Evie P and Louis P

EYFS

In Foundation 2 for British Heritage Week the children learnt about the Queen. We found out about where she lived; and looked at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Many of the children then made models of her homes. They carefully added towers, turrets and of course thrones.

We discussed what she wears and made crowns out of play dough decorated with jewels. As it was her 90th birthday we began to plan a party for her. We thought about what we would need and the children used their phonics skills to write a list and plan the games she might like to play. The children also made her cards decorated with pictures of herself and her soldiers.

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Year 6

In Year 6 we explored democracy and how people take part in it. Democracy means 'rule by the people‘. It comes from the Greek words dêmos, which means people, and krátos which means rule or strength. How Can Everybody Rule? It would be chaos! In Britain, an election is held and people vote for someone to represent their views. Every citizen should listen to the views of the different parties and candidates, and then make his or her own decision on whom to vote for. People must be 18 or over in order to take part in an election. Elections to the House of Commons must take place at least every five years. The exact timing is decided by the leader of the biggest party, the Prime Minister (currently: David Cameron).

Suggestions for new laws, or suggestions to change an existing law are called bills. Bills are discussed and adjusted in the House of Commons, and the House of Lords. When the bill is agreed, the Queen is asked to give her approval (known as Royal Assent). Once Royal Assent is given, a bill becomes an Act of Parliament and is law.

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