Wants & Needs work with Year 6 at Liss

Greetings to all of our friends in Kafuro. We have heard that there is the possibility of P7 returning to school on September 20th. We hope that this works out and that you are able to resume your learning before Primary Leaving Examinations.

Year 6 at Liss Junior School have begun their work on the wants and needs learning that takes place in the UK every year and allows us to make some comparisons with Kafuro.

Our first task was to give each pair of children the outline of a child and  to give the outlined child a name. Next, we discussed what this child would need to grow up into a happy and healthy adult. The children were set the task of identifying twenty things that would help the child achieve this. At this point there was no input and the children could completely decide for themselves.

Once the pupils had completed their twenty things that a child would need, they wrote them on post its and placed them in the middle of the child. Next, they were asked to remove five of the things that the child could do without – this reduced the items to fifiteen. This exercise was repeated twice more and generated a lot of debate on each table as the children argued over what should stay. Eventually, each group had five items left which they shared with the rest of the class and compared.

Our next step was to introduce UNICEF wants and needs cards and perform a similar exercise. However, firstly the children were asked to divide the cards into three groups: those they thought were Most ImportantImportant and Least Important. Then, once again, Mr Stanley asked the pupils to reduce the cards down to just five, and the classroom became very animated as the children had to make some very difficult decisions over what should stay and what should go. It was interesting to see how the children made their choices compared with previous years. Although there were a lot of similarities, there were also some notable differences. This will be shared in a future blog post.

Once the pupils had completed this exercise, they compared the five wants and needs they had left with the post its they had created in the previious lesson. As a class, we then discussed the difference between wants and needs.

Needs: the things that are absolutely necessary for all children to have a happy and healthy life

Wants:the things that are nice to have but not necessary for a full life.

We finished this first session by discussing some key questions: Are wants and needs different for people in the UK and Uganda? Why don’t all children in the world have what they need?

To the first question, the pupils were quite clear that needs would be the same in both countries. However, there was an acknowledgement that wants would be different. For example, a pupil in the UK might want a Playstation or an Xbox, but for a pupil in Uganda, where electricity is scarce in places, a new bike would be something that they might really want. We were able to use Eben’s expertise as he was able to tell us that growing up in Malawi there were often power cuts, so what was the point of having a console?

The pupils were y not shocked that children in the world didn’t have everything they need. We discussed some of the reasons why this may be so:

  • War
  • Some countries don’t have enough money to feed people
  • Some governments are corrupt
  • Exploitation of poorer countries by richer countries
  • Climate change

There was widespread disbelief in the class that millions of people go hungry in the world when there is more than enough food to feed everyone comfortably.

Next, the pupils looked at the needs of children are protected. We studied the United Nations Charter for the rights of the Child. It was interesting to see the children make links with their work in the first session. One group were delighted to see that the right to play was enshrined in their convention and felt that justified them placing ‘play’ in their final five cards.

In our next session we will be trying to marry up each need from the first session with other rights in the charter.

Pizza sale with Liss tomatoes

On Friday, Rowan Class pupils at Liss held a pizza sale using many of the tomatoes tthat last year’s Rowan Class had grown in the bottle greenhouse. Mr Stanley cooked down the tomatoes and added onion before blitzing it into a sauce. He then made a pizza dough and cooked pizzas in the cob oven. The children quickly sold out of the pizzas on the layground but not before raising £30 (150,000UGX) towards completing the new classroom at Kafuro.

French Fashion Show 2017

Aujourd’hui, l’année 6 a tenu son défilé de mode français annuel. Le thème de cette année était les drapeaux africains et les enfants vêtus des couleurs du drapeau d’un pays africain. Beaucoup de pays étaient représentés, mais le plus populaire était l’Ouganda car c’est notre thème d’étude ce terme. En outre, les enfants sont très conscients que notre école jumelée, l’école primaire de Kafuro, est en Ouganda.

Avec beaucoup de style, les enfants ont marché sur le podium, ont montré leurs vêtements et parlé de ce qu’ils portaient en français! Ils ont aussi chanté des chansons françaises!

Année 6 remercie tous les parents qui sont venus et regardé plus M. Haycock, qui a fait la mise en scène look si atmosphérique.


And for our non-French speakers:

Today, Year 6 held their annual French Fashion Show. This year’s theme was African flags and the children dressed in the colours of the flag of an African country. Many countries were represented, but the most popular was Uganda as it is our study focus this term. Also, the children are very aware that our twinned school, Kafuro Primary School, is in Uganda.

With great style, the children walked down the catwalk, showed off their clothes and talked about what they were wearing in French! They also sang some French songs!

Year 6 would like to thank all the parents who came and watched plus Mr Haycock, who made the staging look so atmospheric.


A very special visitor

On Friday Class AS welcomed Muhudi, our twinned teacher from Uganda, to spend the morning with the class. In the first session, Class AS and Class KR shared their Cultural Museum exhibits with Muhudi. He asked some questions then he shared the exhibits from the Kafuro Cultural Museum. The children had many intelligent questions and Muhudi managed to answer them all.

After morning break Muhudi and Mr Stanley led a session on how to make Ugandan rolex (rolled eggs). This is basically an omelette wrapped in a chapatti. Working in groups of six, the children had to roll and cook the chapattis, break the eggs and make the omelette mix before cooking the omelette. Muhudi wrapped the eggs in the chapattis and then the children were able to taste what they cooked. This was extremely popular and nothing was left at the end.

Class AS would like to thank Muhudi for sharing with them and hope he enjoys the rest of his visit.


Letters from Kafuro

One of the many tasks that Yowasi and Molly carried out on their visit to the UK was to bring letters from the children at Kafuro Primary School to their peers in their twinned classes at Liss. Mr Stanley distributed them all and  on Tuesday Class AS were given letters from P7 which, as the photos clearly show, the children enjoyed reading. One of the key messages in the letters was how much the children in Kafuro value the blog and look forward to posts from Liss.

The children at Liss will obviously reply ahead of a proposed visit in July.



Yowasi comes home!

Today was another very special day at Liss Junior School as Yowasi came back to Liss Junior School after an absence of two years.  He met with some of the children he remembered from his last visit before going with a group of Year 4 children, Mr Burford and Dave Catlin from Valiant Technology for a roamer demonstration. Regular readers of this blog will remember that in the summer Mr Stanley and Mrs Green took a roamer out to Kafuro where it was a smash hit. The children showed Yowasi how to play to play golf with a roamer and also to program it to go around barriers. Dave also presented Yowasi with two more roamers for Kafuro Primary School so that more children will be able to experience programming.

Yowasi spent the rest of the morning in Class AS observing a poetry lesson and then giving a question and answer session. In the afternoon he gave a presentation to Class AS before taking the class down to the music and drama room and teaching them a Ugandan cultural dance. This was lots of fun as the photos below show.  In fact after afternoon break word had spread around the school and Class KB wanted to learn how to perform a cultural dance as well.

A big topic of conversation between Yowasi and the pupils in Class AS was how much the children in Kafuro look forward to our blog posts and want to learn about their friends in England. Yowasi encouraged the children to comment on these posts and to ask questions.

Finally, Yowasi spent the last session of the day learning how the children create stop frame animation programs using I can animate. He was very impressed with the results.

Yowasi will be visiting school again on Thursday morning before heading to Heathrow to fly home to Uganda after a busy two weeks.