Save the Children Den Day 2017


SMSC and Rights Respecting Events
We celebrated Save the Children's Den Day during Summer Term 2017. We learned about the importance of adequate shelter and the plight of refugee children who have to leave the safety of their homes. We also learned about natural disasters and how temporary shelters have to be provided in emergency situations. We thought about why home is so important to us. Find out what we did through our pictures below. 
The design process: 
Now for some 3D modelling. Lots of opportunities for learning about 3D shape and engineering stable structures here: 
Next we had workshops in the hall. Miss Tait told us a personal story about how war forced her grandparents to become refugees. We also considered modern day stories and learned about the children who have been displaced by war in Syria. Even though the Calais Refugee Camps have now closed, there are still refugee children in camps in Greece and Italy who have been separated from their families and are waiting to be reunited with their families in the UK.
We had a debate about whether our Government and country should help refugees, especially unaccompanied minors:
Finally building the dens (the best part). It was a windy day but at least we didn't have to take shelter in our dens from rain! (Imagine if you had to live in a temporary shelter like this for weeks).  Everyone worked well in their teams but next year we are going to try to improve our dens further and make sure that they are big enough for everyone to fit inside: 
Our learning today was linked to the following articles from the UNCRC:
Article 22- You have the right to special protection and help if you are a refugee.
Article 24- You have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and information.

"Article 24 of the UNCRC says that healthcare for children and young people should be as good as possible, but also goes further than this by saying children and young people have the right to be both physically and mentally fulfilled. Among other things, this implies that children and young people:

  • should have good enough nourishment from their food
  • should be able to live in a safe and healthy environment
  • shouldn’t be in danger at work."