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5W News

In 5W, we have been looking at the transdisciplinary theme of 'Sharing the Planet' with our central idea being: 'sharing resources may challenge communities to consider different perspectives'.

The final result amazed students with between 9,000 and 10,000L of water wasted a year from leaking taps.

Students have explored the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and picked one goal that resonates with them. They have researched their goal and are in the process of finalising their report.

In Writing, we examined water wastage through dripping taps and people who leave the tap running whilst brushing their teeth. Students graphed the data and calculated how much water was wasted over the course of a day, week, month and year. The final result amazed students with between 9,000 and 10,000L of water wasted from leaking taps each year.

World Peace Game

Finally, we are the midst of our World Peace Game in the classroom. Students have been split into five countries with each person taking on a role including: Prime Minister, Minister for Welfare, Minister for Health, Minister for Defence, Minister for Finance and a journalist. Each country has challenges to deal with, such as demonstrations due to low wages; natural disasters such as blizzards; military build-up on borders; and rebel forces destroying medical and educational settings. With each challenge, students have to come up with a logical solution to deal with the crisis their country faces but, not only that, they also need to respond to other crises that threaten world peace in our game. How they respond depends on their next set of crises, as another scenario unfolds.

Mr Andrew Wells
Year 5 Teacher