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 What Will Be The Future Of The Cat’s Cradle?

Amazingly, the cat’s cradle trend is sweeping across Caxton College primary like a wildfire. When our reporters inspected the playground, children everywhere were hunched over the brightly  coloured strings making different patterns and shapes. We sent our reporters to investigate the weird, but wonderful trend.

 

Interestingly, the cats cradle trend is not a new one, as you could find out if you asked your parents. However, at Caxton it is, and your parents might not have used the bright colours seen today. We spoke to Mrs Gillespie who told us, ‘my friends and I used them when we were little, little and was 37 years ago!’ This tells us that new technology is not always the best way to play.

 

The history of cat’s cradle dates back to Ancient China, 1768 to be exact. In China it is known as Fang Sheng (meaning turning rope), and its popularity soon spread around the globe to places like the UK where it is called ‘catch cradle’ and the US as ‘Jack Pulpit.’ The game includes two or more players making a sequence of string figures, each player altering the figure made by the previous player. It is widely known as one of the oldest games in human history.

 

Back to Caxton, our reporters caught up with the Primary Assistant Head, Mr Fraser, who gave us an exclusive about his view of the future of the trend. Mr Fraser told us ‘it is great to see children playing new and different games on the playground, however if we continue to find people playing with them unsafely, we will put restrictions or potentially ban them.’ Shockingly, he told us, some children were playing football with the string around their necks. Play safe children and the trend will survive. 

 

So what will be the future of the cat’s cradle at Caxton? Will it go the same way as football cards and fidget spinners? Or will it out last them all……

By Amelie 6A

 

Kindness Week – by Special Guest Editors

Hi everyone,

I am absolutely delighted to publish the post below. It’s an article that is going to be published in our very own Caxton newspaper. The expert writers are Rosa and Olivia and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is splendid writing! There will be more contributions shortly, the next one is about the ‘Cat’s Cradle’ – which are the strings that are incredibly popular now. Please post your thoughts.

A sprinkle of kindness in Caxton 

Kindness is a virtue, everyone needs it in their life. At Caxton, we celebrate it for a week, but does really allow us to recognise differences and our positive traits.

Each year, kindness week gets more effective, more pupils are eager to participate. You may ask what kindness week is? It is the brainchild of Ms Stenhouse and it involves children and adults acting out a series of good deeds at a school or at their home, this includes giving compliments, remembering manners, helping our fellow children and adults and being kind. It all finishes off with one fabulous odd socks day which is a day to have a laugh and recognise our differences with our strange, colourful odd socks.

We were lucky enough to interview primary headteacher Ms Stenhouse, who told us that each year kindness week gets more impactful than the last! She spoke about, ‘the role odd socks plays in recognising how difference is a great thing!’

You may wonder why we need kindness week? When everyone should be kind anyway? Our research shows us that we all need a reminder, as sometimes we get complacent and carried away, and this spectacular week gives us an opportunity to re-remember what it is to be kind.

Don’t let the end of kindness week be the end of your kindness!

Written by Rosa C and Olivia M

Y6 Robotics

Hi

Before the lesson next week (or the week after as we have a holiday on Friday!) it would be very useful to watch the video below. It is only 3 minutes long, however it will really help you to understand a tricky science (and robotics) concept to make the most powerful robot possible. If you think about how your bicycle works, that will help too.

Anti Bullying Week (Or Let’s Be Kinder Week…)

Hi everyone,

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week (or we’d like to think of it as ‘Why not be as kind as you possibly can…’ Week). The message this year is ‘Change Starts With Us’. What do you think that might mean? A purple form for the best answers, remember it’s about your opinion, so there isn’t really a completely correct or incorrect answer…

Change starts here.

Change starts now.

On Friday, we will end the week with ‘Odd Socks Day’ to highlight that we are all unique, but being different isn’t a reason to be unkind about all the things that make us unique…

Techno Team’s Top Tips

Hi everyone,

Here are some of the Techno Team having fun with the Dash robots. This post is for anyone to recommend any programs, online games for learning, apps for your iPads etc. Tell us a little about the app and why you like it? Don’t forget to use good quality English, please.

 

Techno Team Robot Olympics

Here we all are trying out the new Dash robots! What do you all think?

Perseverance Video

Hi

Do you remember this video we watched in a SEALs assembly last year? I thought I’d share it with you for two reasons, firstly the animation is fabulous and secondly because of the message… If at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying and you will… eventually.

Can you tell us about a time when you kept trying and found success in the end?

Caxton’s New Recycling Bins

Hi everyone,

In our ongoing quest to make Caxton greener we have added lots of new recycling bins to the playground. I have put labels on the to make it easier to remember what goes where. Also, please remember that aluminium foil goes in the yellow plastics bin too. There are lots of them on the playground now. SO,  LET’S BE GREENER!!!

Eco Competition!!!

Want to win a scooter and help the school become more ‘ecofriendly’ at the same time? Here is the video, for the competition, with all the information on it.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is come up with an eco idea for the school to help us to be greener.

It could be anything from improving our recycling, wasting less, reducing our water or energy consumption, creating a school garden, etc.

To enter you need to tell us:

  1. what the idea is, 
  2. why it is important, for example what environmental issue will it help, i.e. fighting against climate change, protecting the oceans, reducing waste or pollution, etc.,
  3. will it have any other benefits; for example saving energy will help the school save money, or a school garden with help students learn about and enjoy healthier food choices. 

 

The best idea will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Originality

Persuasive Argument 

Practicality 

The winning idea will then be set up in the school to help us to be greener.

Entries can be submitted in any format, i.e. written on paper or computer, as a presentation, movie, etc. All entries need to be given to your class teacher by 30th September. All entrants will also have a chance of being chosen to be one of this year’s Eco-Warriors.

Welcome Back to School!!!

We are all very excited to be back at school and hope that you are too. If you would like to tell us something interesting about yourself or what you have been doing recently, please post it here. Remember to use good English and not too many emojis!

Also, only use your first name when online and you can add your class if you want to, for example, John 5E.

Y5s, we will use the blog quite a bit to help you with your learning, but don’t worry – I will come round to the classrooms to show you how to use it. At the same time you will learn how to behave safely and sensibly when online.

 

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