This term Year 5 is exploring the concept of what our identity is and the many different factors that all work together to determine who we are as individuals and who we are as groups of people. So far we have written about a significant person who has impacted on us and a particular event that has helped to shape who we are as individuals. We have just started to inquire into how scientific inventions have changed the way we live and to determine how they have subsequently helped to shape our identity. We are really looking forward to heading off to Bathurst tomorrow for our 3 day trip to learn more about how the Gold Rushes and other events have impacted on the Australia we know and love today. We hope you enjoy a brief snapshot of just a couple of our writing pieces.
An event that has Changed you – written by Elspeth:
An event that has changed me is something that happened on camp. It was the leap of faith. It taught me to be a stronger person and how I should trust every one holding on to me with a harness. This changed me because I became a braver person. The people holding me up I also learned to trust more. Here is my story:
An event that has changed me is something that happened on camp. It was the Leap of Faith which taught me to be a stronger person and how I should trust every one holding on to me with a harness. This changed me because I became a braver person. Here is my story:
I felt all feared feelings, scared, fear-I even cried.
I looked up and shook, tried to smile for the camera and started climbing. It was soooo high and I accidently looked down-well that was a mistake – but I held the tears in a little longer. I eventually got to the point where you stand on nails and freaked out- I started crying. At last I got to the top and of course had to lose the plot- my belly ached.
I heard the people below cheering me on-‘GO ELSPETH! ‘and people were taking photos of me. I was so focussed that I did not notice it that much. Finally I jumped-I didn’t stand up to do so though-it was quite fun even though I was a bit paralysed. But let me say one thing if one member of staff that was on camp did what I just explained they would be scared too.
In doing this event I feel that it has made me a braver person. It just occurred to me that it is similar to what happened to me on Thursday. I didn’t think that I would get my homework done if I did ballet on Thursday, and look at me know! If I hadn’t given that a go I would never have known I could do it. And If I hadn’t given the leap of Faith a go I would never have known I liked it or that I could do it either.
Event 2 written by Sophie
My life changed a lot this year, which has also changed me. Something which has changed me this year is moving to my new school.
At XXXXXX I have been doing longer classes, I have had lots more friends, and lots more opportunities. I have had double the amount of homework, and double the amount of fun.
At my old school, I used to have short periods, and every day, I had no idea what I was doing, and what I had to prepare for. The teachers would give us topic talks and I would go home and happily finish it, but when I offered it in the teacher would have totally forgotten and would waste my time.
At my old school I used to have one best friend, but if she was away one day, I would walk around without any friends and watch everyone shove and play. I also had barely any opportunities; There was nothing I could do for the school.
This change has made a big change in me! Now I know when homework is due and things are on. I almost always get a reply for my homework and my time isn’t wasted. I have lots of friends and I always have somebody to play with. All the opportunities make me feel cheerful and pleased that I get a wider variety of things to do and things to get better at.
I am really happy with this wonderful change in my life; I wouldn’t hesitate to say no to go back to my old school. Thank you Mum and Dad for making this astonishing change in my life which made a large, positive difference in me and my happiness.
My Role Model : Written by Caitlin
I have many role models who I look up to every day. Some of the main ones who I look up to are my family, friends and school teachers. Someone who I especially look up to is a girl called Malala Yousafzai who stood up in a non-violent protest for a girl’s right to have an education. She is one of many great people who stood up for what they believed in, she persisted and never gave up.
In January 2009, the Taliban ordered ALL girls schools to be closed. Malala father owned one of the schools being closed. The school was a major part in Malala’s life. She never took this for granted as not many girls in Pakistan receive an education. Even though the Taliban had strictly ordered all girls schools to be closed, Malala’s father kept his open. This was very dangerous because if the Taliban found out Malala’s father would be charged with treason. Later that year, Malala’s family got some horrific threats from the Taliban. Malala’s father was in great danger and Malala wanted to help. So in 2009, Malala started a blog. The blog talked about her life and living under the Taliban. This was her first step in making a global protest. Word got around and Malala’s name spread all over the world. Malala was in many interviews, talking about how she wanted to reopen all girls schools and let girls have an education.
The Taliban were getting very angry and they felt they needed to stop this protest. They needed to stop Malala. So on October 9 2012, two Taliban men stormed Malala’s school bus and shot Malala in her forehead near her left eye. They also shot some of her friends in the arm. Malala was clinging to her life when doctors around the world came to help her. She was finally transported to a hospital in Birmingham in the United Kingdom. In the following years she has recovered and is still fighting for the rights of all girls to be educated. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2012 and she also gave a wonderful speech at the UN in 2013. She has inspired many people to stand up for what they believe in even if it is a small problem.
Malala has had a major impact on my life. Before I knew her story I knew a friend who was bullied every day. I tried to help but I was too scared to say something as I thought I may get bullied myself. But after I heard Malala’s story I had the courage to tell the bully to back off. It has been two years now and the girl who was bullying my friend has not said anything mean to me or to my friend. Malala has also taught me that even though anyone can make a huge difference. Malala has also had a huge impact on other people’s lives, she has inspired girls to join her campaign. She has also inspired people to express their feelings so they can be heard regardless of whether the problem is very major or minor.