It’s always good to put Maths into perspective as to where it’s used in every day life and that’s exactly what Peter did, a local accountant, as part of our World of Work Week last week.
As it was coming up to our School Summer Fayre, the children had to imagine that they were running the sweet stall. Throughout the activity, they looked at stock, cost, selling price and profit etc. building up their spreadsheet data as they went along, also adding some formulas to make the calculations. The children really embraced the activity as it was something which was relatable to them.
From September, we are introducing a software package called ‘Times Table Rockstars’. The Curious Caterpillars have been taking part in the pilot Year 4 multiplication test over the last few weeks and they are pretty good at their times tables. With this in mind, Peter challenged the children to see if they could beat him – this caused much excitement amongst the children. The outcome was incredibly close but Peter just pipped them to the post by 3 questions!
As part of our World of Work Week activities, we were very pleased to welcome Wayne from Burton Albion Community Trust in to school.
Working with the Curious Caterpillars and the Busy Bees, Wayne discussed with the children about ‘Enterprise’, explaining how important it is to work as a team and build up resilience in whatever you do. It doesn’t matter how many different ideas you have or even how many failures you have, as long as you learn from the things that went wrong and persevere.
The children talked about the modern day entrepreneurs that they knew about; Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for example, as well as discussing historical people like Thomas Edison; a prime example of perseverance, self belief and resilience.
On Tuesday of this week, our Year 5 and 6 class, the Busy Bees, took part in a letter /CV writing session and also worked on interview skills; looking at what made a bad interview, which the children found hilarious, to more of a firm foundation of interview skills.
Yesterday afternoon, the Busy Bees had to put their newfound skills in to practice as they were interviewed for a mock job by a range of business professionals.
The feedback we received from our business professionals was incredibly positive, commenting that so many answers were very mature for their age group and that they all represented both themselves and our school in a positive light – they were very impressed!
The life skills that our older children have benefited from through this experience will only go to serve them well in their future educational journey.
As part of our World of Work week, we have arranged for a variety of people from different professions to come in and talk with the children and introduce them to their world of work.
The first representative to come in to school was Helen, an ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Nurse. The children were fascinated in all the different equipment. Helen explained all the different equipment they used in the IC Unit from assessing oxygen levels, using a stethoscope, torches to look into eyes, heart monitors, nasal cannulas and much more! Some of them had their pulse rate and blood pressure taken.
Helen also talked about first aid and demonstrated the recovery position to the children. Then it was their turn to put each other in the recovery position – which was quite comical!
The next activity involved bandages! Helen was really impressed with the children as they bandaged different areas of each others bodies, it also created much hilarity too!
Our ICU nurse was incredibly impressed with the bandages that the children had done – maybe we have some budding nurses or doctors in our midst – watch this space!
You may have seen some activity happening this week across various areas of our school site. We are pleased to say that a team of people from the Argos Distribution Centre in Barton-under-Needwood have volunteered their time to come and carry out some maintenance for us. They have already been busy repairing, sanding and treating the wooden benches along the top yard; refelting the PE shed; maintaining the Pirate Ship in the Early Years / KS1 play area to name just a few jobs.
Despite the incredibly wet weather today, the team at Argos, now known as the A-Team, worked their socks off again.
The A-Team will be with us for the majority of this week and we can not thank them enough for the time, great spirit and generosity.
Don’t forget that on Monday next week, to kickstart our World of Work week, it’s dress-up day! The children can dress up in an outfit which represents the job they’d like to do when they get older.
Monday is also the call for children to bring in items to support our Summer Fayre; suggestions are as follows:
Learning Ladybirds – Prizes for the adult’s tombola
Dazzling Dragonflies – Prizes for the adult’s tombola
Curious Caterpillars – Prizes for the children’s tombola
Busy Bees – Bottles (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Our Summer Fayre is fast aproaching and we are looking for volunteers to help on a stall, whether it be individually or working with someone else. If you can help or wish to know more of what’s involved, please speak to Mrs Mack or Mrs Best on the school yard.
Both the Christmas Fayre and Summer Fayre are our best fundraising activities throughout the year. Withinout these fundraising efforts, the ‘Friends of Coton School’, formerly the FPTA, will not be able to continue to support school trips and other enrichment activities, which each child benefits from, as the funds will just not be available.
As the saying goes, many hands make light work. So if you can help out, please do – every person can make a difference.
This week, some of our Year 6 children have gone on a residential to Beaumanor Hall.
Once the children finally arrived at the venue, the children got stuck in to the orienteering activity straight away.
Then with a break for a well earned lunch, they grabbed their paddles and set off in their canoes!
There was much fun and laughter in the evening as they took part in a ‘Murder Mystery’ activity. They’ve not yet divulged who was the murderer, so we’ll have to wait and see!
Today they embraced the day’s activities with lots of enthusiasm, strengthening friendships and challenging themselves along the way – particularly with the height of the climbing wall!
We certainly have some great archers in our midst too!