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Our local Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen visited Howe Dell to quiz us about democracy and how we can recognise it in our local area. It was lovely to see the children recall key information about political parties and it demonstrated their wide understanding of the world around them. 

A, G & T Art workshop- creating stories through books.

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We were extremely fortunate to have a visit from Mrs Davies who is a head teacher at a school in Harpenden. Mrs Davies not only brought her enthusiasm with her, but she also brought he creativity and artistic imagination. The end results from the day are fantastic and I know the children thoroughly enjoyed developing news skills and applying this to their work. 
Well done to all. 

Spring debate- Should all classes be given a class pet to care for?

We started our termly debate session with the notion of fairness and equality. The children were able to justify their opinions well and begun to think about how others can impact our choices. 

For our debate motion, we considered if each class should have their own pet. Their was both independent and group discussions before the children were asked to voice their opinions for either the 'opposers' or the 'proposers'. Once all opinions from both sides had been voiced and the audience had also been heard, it was time for the children to cast their votes. 

13 nays to the 4 ayes meant that we will just keep Charlie our Nurture dog for now. 

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Diya, Yavhi, Tapi and Adam from Year 6 all participated in the National Young Mathematicans challenge this term and have made it through to the next round!

Houses of Parliament

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What the children had to say about their trip to the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs Woolfe very kindly organised a trip to the Houses of Parliament this term to develop children's debating skills but also to gain a greater understanding of how laws are made in this England. The children had a wonderful tour of the historic building and got to witness a live debate where local Members of Parliament were discussing a bill. 

They then got to take part in a quiz to see what they had learnt on their tour and from there, they then carried out their own debate where they developed upon the skills that they had seen the MPs use just a moment ago in the House of Commons. 
A wonderful day was had by all pupils who attended. See above for their views on the day. 

Year 5 and 6 School Election

The children have had a very busy week learning about the election process. All our pupils from Year 5 and 6 took part in creating their own political party, deciding on a manifesto and then presenting these to over 100 pupils and staff. They did exceptionally well and were able to develop their debating and persuading skills. 

Thank you to the pupils from St. Philip Howard School, Birchwood School and Oakview School; It was wonderful to see you join the pupils from Howe Dell in a reading enrichment workshop filled with reading between the lines, deciding what makes reading 'reading' to you and then sharing your favourite author's work. The children had a very busy day culminating in an afternoon of drama activities based on Roald Dahl's 'The Witches'. 

A wonderful day was had by all, and we all now have a few more recommendations of books to read over the coming weeks...

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