Over the last five weeks, grade 4 has undertaken the challenge of exploring their inalienable rights as children, as set out by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This has involved diving into what rights are and the responsibilities that come with them. To this end, we have created our Essential Agreements, as well as outlining both student and teacher responsibilities.
Developing our I.T and design skills saw us creating posters detailing our rights in different areas of the school and what our responsibilities are in maintaining the rights of all children in the school. Building upon this, we experimented with photography and perspective to capture different parts of the playground. Our learners then created posters intending to encourage other students to think What if … before acting and consider the rights of everyone around them.
Through various, thought exercises, such as see, think, wonder and Step in, Step out, Step back grade 4 have continuously explored the connections between rights and responsibilities, as well as the function of individual rights. They have expressed their understanding through mimes and their developing abilities to construct five-paragraph essays.
We are now working on our summative assessment, an ambitious project that looks to inquire into the rights of children across Hangzhou. Our learners are crafting this survey, which will be presented at a conference towards the end of the unit.
After all this, grade 4 will be moving onto inventions and how they have changed the world. Please start collecting recyclable materials, such as bottles, paper, cardboard boxes, cloth, etc. We will need these to build our inventions.
We are all continually inspired by the great work of our grade 4 scholars and can’t wait to see what they will come up with next!