Event - Refugee Week

6 to 10 May 2019


Reception began the week by talking about where in the world they would like to visit and why. We talked about holidays and what we would pack in our suitcase. We looked at some images of Refugee’s on the journey to safety we talked about the reasons why some people have to flee their homes We discussed Refugee’s and talked about what they would take on their journey. We wrote lists of what we would take if we had to flee our home and also put ourselves in the shoes of Refugees to write a diary entry considering the feelings at different points of the journey. We also made boats and talked about how some Refugees travel to safety.

Year 1

To mark refugee week, year 1 have spent lots of time finding out more about refugees and asylum seekers. We heard the story of a little boy called Ali and his family, who had to leave Syria to live in Australia. They had a very scary journey on a boat. We wrote diary entries to help us think about how he felt. We also found out more about how we can help refugees and asylum seekers. We learned about an allotment project in Manchester where refugees can feel more at home by growing their own food. We thought about and wrote about all the different plants they might grow. We compared the landscape in Syria and Australia for our geography lessons, to see how different things would be for Ali in his new home.

Year 2

During refugee week, we thought about what questions we would like to ask a refugee. We thought about how they might feel when they have to leave their homes and their families. We wrote a diary entry pretending that we were a refugee and described our thoughts and feelings. We talked about the difference between wants and needs and which items in our lives we could live without. We had a debate about which items we would want to take with us if we had to flee our homes and we had to convince the other group why these items would be necessary. In Numeracy, we learnt about the value of different coins. We had to decide which items we thought were more important to spend money on for our journey. In Geography, we looked at the different continents and labelled on a world map which continents refugees come from.

Year 3

During refugee week, we found out the differences between refugees and asylum seekers. We then looked into reasons why these people have had to leave their homes. We then decided that we wanted to help refugees to make sure that they have enough food to eat because refugees only receive £37.75 per week to live on. We researched local supermarkets and found out which provided better value for money. After this we worked out cost of making 100 sandwiches and drink, then we wrote letters to local supermarkets, asking for their help with the supplies that we need to make the sandwiches. We can’t wait to hear back from the supermarkets.

Year 4

During refugee week, Year 4 completed a number of activities based around the refugee topic. For literacy, we looked at ‘The journey’ and spent time retelling the story from different perspectives and making a role play to really understand the feelings of a refugee. We also thought about how different our lives would be if were on the journey and wrote letters to family and friends to explain this. In numeracy, we looked at budgeting for the amount refugees would receive (£37.75). This proved to be a difficult task and we realised how many refugees only have money for necessities and unfortunately this does not involve activities such as cinema trips. In addition, we planned a journey from Syria to England. We had to use a number of modes of transport and used our time skills to make sure we would arrive on time for flights and trains. Finally, we looked at the shocking statistics of the number of refugees from countries around the world. We then presented this data in graphs. For RE, we thought and planned how we can put our faith into action. We created fundraising ideas and events, and discussed the reasons for helping people who were refugees. In creative, we showed unity through artwork. We used a picture of our faces and created a collage mixed with flags of countries with high refugee numbers.

Year 5

During refugee week, all our lessons were linked to the refugee crisis. We looked at facts and perceptions regarding refugees, researched famous refugees and compared our lived to a child’s who has been affected by conflict. In maths, we researched the cost of healthcare products to give refugees when they arrive in the country and used excel to work out a spending plan. Our favourite part of the week was creating artwork to depict the refugee crisis - we were very creative! In our collective worship, we prayed for refugees around the world and remembered Jesus, who too, was a refugee.

Year 6

During refugee week, Year 6 took part in a workshop, where they followed the journey of a family of refugees: they learnt about what would need to take with them, what would happen if their families were to be separated during the journey and how they would feel if this dreadful situation was to happen to them now. In class, they took part in some collective worship: watching videos of children their age, who have grown up as refugees in secondary school and praying for those who are suffering and fleeing as a result of war or natural disasters. Later in the week, the children planned a menu to last a refugee for one week on a budget of only £35.00. They soon discovered that they couldn’t enjoy the luxuries they do now, and that they had to shop around in various supermarkets to plan the most cost-effective menu. Year 6 found this week very eye-opening – a very different lifestyle to one they have now!

Refugees considered the feelings of refugees on their journey.
Reception discussed what they would pack in a suitcase.

Reception made boats to take refugees to safety.
Testing our refugee boats.

We found clues at the school gate.
Year 3 looked at the cost of making sandwiches for refugees.

The journey of a refugee in Year 3.
The reasons why refugees have to flee.

Year 3's finding safety display.
Year 5 created artwork to show the refugee crisis.

Some of Year 5's completed artwork.
Year 5 debating statements about the refugee crisis.

Year 5 researched the cost of healthcare products.
Year 5 discussed the parts of a refugee's journey.

Year 6 researching food costs for a week.
Planning our refugee menu in Year 6.