During our recent class assembly, some of our year 5 students demonstrated a riveting debate of the advantages and disadvantages of a war. They proved themselves to be articulate and critical thinkers.
This half term, we read the book ‘Friend or Foe’ based on two ten year old evacuees. One of Year 5’s tasks, was to write a balanced argument on one of events from this book. Should the (British) boys have helped the helpless Germans (who were seen as the enemies in world war 11)?
To my delight, they showed themselves as children who are learning to assess their ideas, so as to make, good choices. However, choices should be escorted by reasons and equally with evidence to support those reasons. Ultimately, to allow their whys to motivate them to pursue a hobby or an interest. Especially, when they want to give up on their goals to allow their whys to be a motivating factor and never give up.