The importance of water – From Ms Rosy
Thank you so much to all BVIS families who have made such a great effort to support the children’s learning today. In fact many parents and family helpers came to school wearing green along with the children! The theme of our learning for Green Day 2015 is Water
In assembly this morning we began by thinking about the importance of water in our daily lives. The children told me how their family had used water to shower, clean their teeth, water the garden, make tea, cook breakfast and drink before the school day began today. We reflected together on how lucky we are in our lives being able to simply turn the tap in our homes to obtain enough water for our needs.
Also in assembly we watched a video about a boy in Uganda who walks 1 mile (approximately 1.6 km) to collect water for his family every day. He fetches 15 x 20 litres of water every day from the bore hole, enough for drinking, washing, cooking, as well as the plants and animals on his family’s small farm.
Some of our teachers attempted to lift a can with 20 litres of water inside and found it was very heavy indeed! Then some of our Y6 House Captains tried to carry just half the amount, walking up and down the hall for 1 mile. Actually they only managed to carry 10 litres for ¼ mile before they admitted it was a very tough challenge!
Please discuss today’s learning about the importance of water with your child. Help your child to understand that, as global citizens, we must be careful not to waste or pollute our precious water.
Our aim at BVIS is for our children to be caring and reflective global citizens. The future of our planet Earth is in the hands of our young people and so, in the words of our special Green Day song, sung with great passion by the children this morning:
“We share the future
Stand side by side,
One Earth, one people,
We’ll turn the tide.
And in the future,
They’ll say with pride,
One Earth, one people,
We turned the tide,
Side by side.”
Green Day’s celebration around BVIS – From Mr Oliver
The Primary school has been awash with ‘water themed’ environmental projects as part this year’s Green Day. In Year 6, children having been learning about the impact of flooding on people’s lives in Vietnam and, internationally, in Pakistan. They have also been problem solving to decide how they would try to reduce flooding in a hypothetical village in Vietnam. In Year 5, children have been looking at the positives and negatives about dam building and then using this information to write speeches, which they then used later to form a debate in the school theatre.
Further down the school, Year 4 and Year 3 have both been looking at causes of water pollution and the dangers associated with this, with Year 3 classes combining their new knowledge to create big class books. In Year 4, the children have been writing newspaper reports about water pollution in Long Hai, making links to their Year 4 residential three weeks ago.
In Key Stage 1, our youngest children in Primary having been focusing on why water is so important and how we use it in our day-to-day lives. For this they have been given practical activities such as washing socks and brushing their teeth. They have also had a look, first hand, at water pollution by comparing the river water next to our school with the water we drink.
Early Years children have also been investigating water this week by having opportunities to look at melting and objects that sink and float. In Circle Time they have been sharing their understanding of water around them.
As Ms Rosy mentioned, please discuss with your child what they have been learning at school and help them to appreciate the importance of natural resources, such as water, that we so often take for granted.