Current Affairs – Tuesday

L.I. To discover my feelings about changing schools

Introduction: Have children think back to yesterday’s video. What were some of the fears and uncertainty presented? Have any of your feelings changed?

Teaching: Discuss the following questions in pairs (or with someone at home)

Are you excited about learning something new?                                                                          Are you a little bit nervous about making friends?                                                                      Are you sad to be leaving your old school?

Tell children that they are going to complete a questionnaire to discover how they are currently feeling about changing schools.

Activity: You need to think carefully before answering each question below and try to be as honest as possible. Write down the question and record your answers in your topic book (any notebook at home).

  1. How do you feel about leaving your old school?
  2. How do you feel about starting a new school?
  3. List three things that you think are going to be different in your new school?
  1. List three things that you are looking forward to in your new school:
  1. List three things that worry you most about starting a new school:
  1. Do you think everyone else feels the same as you?
  2. Can you think of anything you could do to make changing schools easier for you?
  3. Can you think of anything you could do to make changing schools easier for others in your class?

Plenary: Feedback answers to the question and tally them up in a chart. Work out the  fractions/percentages of how many people feel the same about changing schools.

Current Affairs – Monday

L.I. To learn about my transition to secondary school

Introduction- Over the next two weeks, we will be discussing the transition to secondary school. This is a current affair that is relevant all over the U.K. and many parts of the world. The concern may be even more with the current COVID environment, as many of the normal activates or events that you would have attended or completed to support the transition to primary school is not in place or is delivered differently.

Activity- The upcoming lessons are presented by Bigfoot Arts Education! For today’s lesson, we will watch a video on transition to secondary school (You may recognise the performers). Watch the entire video, and pause were relevant. If time, engage in a short discussion about the video.

Current Affairs – Thursday

L.I. To explore the power of words

Introduction: Today, we will experiment with language to express a message of Welcome for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. You will create your own message of welcome using a variety of formats!

Teaching: Think back to the previous activities from Monday-Wednesday. Discuss and reconnect with the activities-

  1. the notes they made in the facts, feelings, present and future group work on Monday
  2. the negative and stigmatising language shown in the film used on Tuesday
  3. the bank of unwelcome and welcome words created on Wednesday

Now, we will read the poem ‘Refugees’ by Brian Bilston. Possible unfamiliar words from the poem are at the bottom of this post. (note – do not read backwards after).

Once the poem has been read, discuss:

  • How the poem makes them feel?
  • Does it link to any other topics that we have been discussing?
  • Does it reflect discrimination or inequality?

Now read the poem out again but this time beginning at the bottom of the poem and reading upwards. What are your initial reactions? Isn’t it interesting how the same words can be used in different ways, through the use of structure and conjunctions, to create very different meaning?

  • How does the poem support the reader to think in new way?
  • Why do they think the poet has chosen to write a poem like this?

Activity: You are going to express a positive message of Welcome to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in any format you wish. Some ideas might include:

  • Write a short poem
  • Write a short newspaper article
  • Create a slogan for a positive campaign promoting awareness of the refuge crisis
  • A banner or poster that could be displayed to show support for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Create a Hashtag # and write a short comment about your hashtag.

Extension: What do you feel the impact of your work might be?  What impact do you feel welcome words might have for a refugee?


Unfamiliar words from the poem:

Haggard: looking exhausted or unwell

Dealt: To give out (past tense of deal)

Chancers: Someone that uses opportunities for their own advantages and often pretend to have skills they do not have

Loungers: A person spending their time lazily or in a relaxed way

Layabouts: A person that always does little or no work

Scroungers:  A person who borrows from or lives off others


¡Español! ¡Español!

¡Hola! ¡Espero que estáis bien! – I hope that you are all good!

¿Cuando es tu cumpleaños? – When is your birthday?                                                               Mi cumpleaños es el (number) de (month)     – Mi cumpleaños es el 7 de agosto


Since we have been learning about pollution and the environment, I think it would be a good idea to learn some of the common words related to the environment in Spanish! These are today’s vocabulary:

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Do you see any similarities or difference in the English and Spanish word? How could you remember some of these words?

Activity: Click on the below link to start and follow the instructions:

  1. Click on: Full Tutorial – All Activities
  2. Complete the introductory lesson
  3. Activities 2-4, (Your goal is to get 8 out of 10 correct on all activities)
  4. Complete the game
  5. Complete the test