6L have received two more replies to the letters they posted campaign for the plight of the slow loris. Both Zenab and Ryan have now had replies from local councillors, one of which has passed it on to an MP.
Well done you two!
International Mother Language Day is on the 21st February 2019. Mrs Williams told us about her grandfather's home language, which was Lithuanian. We then prepared a presentation about our own experiences of heritage, languages and culture. We presented these to our peers and learned a lot from each other.
We discovered that the following languages are spoken in 6C: Austrian, Spanish, Mirpur, Arabic, Urdu, Romanian, Russian, Pashto, Punjabi, Italian, Walof, Albanian, English, Hungarian, Dari, Lithuanian, Greek, German and Thai.
On Monday 11th February 12 Y5 and 6 pupils took part in a debating competition alongside five other primary schools. We won one of the competitions, which was against a team that finished 5th nationwide last year.
Mrs Williams and Mrs Cassidy accompanied the pupils and were incredibly proud of their determination, oracy skills, confidence and excellent behaviour.
We are excited about upcoming competitions!
Years 5 and 6 had some visitors from the Parent Zone to speak to us about digital resilience and how to stay safe online. We were told about ‘fake news’ and learnt how to spot websites with misleading or fake content. We also learnt that if a site or app we are on doesn’t have a report button, we can always report anything inappropriate or unsafe to CEOP an online policing company.
Zayaan wrote a letter to the RSPCA and tweeted them in support of their campaign about the primate pet trade; they have written back to encourage him to continue with his work. We’re all really proud!
All members of year 6 wrote to different people, charities and companies to raise awareness of the pet trade of primates. We are hoping for more replies!
Please see the photos, of Zayaan’s tweet, letter, reply and goodies!
Adopter Update for Year 6 - January 2019
Lily was taken from his mother at just a few months old, before he had a chance to learn how to be a wild slow loris. At our primate centre on the island of Java, Lily's carers encourage wild slow loris behaviour by giving him plenty of enrichment so he can learn how to extract his food. This food-based enrichment is placed in various items around his enclosure every night, along with his usual food.
Lily displays other natural slow loris behaviours, such as wariness of humans. He will spend a lot of time in his favourite place - high up in his insect tray (pictured) - away from people.
Unfortunately Lily is currently suffering from a skin complaint on his chest and stomach which is causing dampness and baldness in those areas. This is likely to be a combination of the recent wet weather conditions in Indonesia and his over-grooming. Lily is receiving special treatment for this condition and is expected to make a quick recovery.
Overall though Lily's health is very good, and the vets are really pleased with his bodily condition and natural behaviour.
Thank you for helping us care for Lily.
It snowed on Wednesday, so year 6L made snowmen and wrote snow poems! Take a look at our display in the upper hall and have a read.