Today some of our School Council went to the Council House to take part in Primary Parliament. The theme for the session was Safe Lives, Positive Neighbourhoods and what makes a SMART City.
Throughout the day the children worked with their partners from Snape Wood Primary School to design and build their own safe, positive community!
This involved thinking about what materials they could use that were eco-friendly, how people would get to the shopping centre as well as how they could reduce the use of plastic bags to help the environment. The children thought about making the building self-sufficient and how reusable energy could make this a possibility.
After they had finished their Shopping Centre, it was time to present their ideas to Councillor David Mellen and the rest of Primary Parliament. Everyone did a fantastic job and managed to answer some tricky questions from the other parliamentarians.
The day’s focus was Opportunity Notts along with letting all the schools in Nottigham City know that there is a very unique exhibition at Wollaton Hall over the summer months.
Today, we got to make some dino-sock puppets and performed a short puppet show to persuade people to get up and be more active. We also met Hunter who was a Sin Raptor (from China).
A little later on, we went to Nottingham Castle to look at unusual natural things and to look closely in microscopes at some of the things we found. We listened to natural and man-made noises and learned about some of the landmarks around Nottingham that we could see.
In the afternoon, we had the chance to share our ideas on a greener Nottingham to Councillor Sam Webster who works for the Nottingham City Council. He is in charge of Business Development and Education for the City and was interested to find out about some of our ideas: trees, open spaces and making some built up areas more environmentally friendly.
On Monday the 22nd of May, our School Council were invited to attend the School Governors meeting to get an insight into how the governors work (making decisions and information sharing).
School Council children from KS2 were able to see how a meeting is held and how the group talk about key information that effects how the school will run. School Council were able to make a positive contribution to the meeting, and have left with a number of ideas on how they might hold their meetings in the future.
School Council will hold their own meeting soon to discuss school improvements from a pupil’s perspective. If you have any suggestions about school improvements or changes to how we make decisions here at Crabtree Farm, you can blog here or take your ideas to your Class Councillor so that they can raise it at the next school council meeting
On Wednesday the 8th of February, our School Council were warmly welcomed by the Sheriff of Nottingham to be presented with certificates for their efforts in supporting the Foodbank.
Before Christmas our Year 5 School Councillors worked in Tesco in Bulwell with our School Governor Chris Tilley in collecting as much food as possible to support those who are sometimes unable to buy food for themselves or their families.
Crabtree Farm Primary have been supporting this valuable cause in one way or another for the last 4 years by collecting food in school or by working on the collection with the support of the staff from Tesco itself.
Chris Tilley (Community Champion and School Governor) along with his manager awarded the certificates with the Sheriff at a special tea party organised and held at the Nottingham City Council House in one of the private rooms. The councillors were treated to drinks, biscuits and lots of conversation about the history of civic responsibility and the Foodbank it...
Here are two of our Year Five children who have decided to create their own posters to support the use of the Childline website for children in our school. They have kindly taken up their own time to help others. These posters will be displayed on the School Council display board next to our Year Four classes.
Do you have any safety tips yourself? Do you have any ideas about how you can look after yourself inside and outside of school? Get in touch with School Council and complete a suggestions form or blog here and share your ideas.
Well done to our Year Five's for their wonderful posters.