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Microsociety is go!

A long time ago, when I was being interviewed for the job at Burlington, I can remember asking some of the children about the best thing they’d done that year.  It was a Year 5 class, and almost every single person answered with one word: Microsociety.  They explained to me how they made their own societies, with flags, names, currency and rulers, and how they traded and interacted with societies made by the other classes.  It all sounded right up my street – I love teaching classes about politics and economics, and the interactive nature of it sounded really exciting.

Anyway, after what felt like quite a long time in Year 6, and a couple of years in Year 4, I’m now in Year 5 and teaching Microsociety for the first time.  I’ve been reading the huge Microsociety book over the Easter holidays to make sure I know what to do, and I’ve also been reading a bit more about economics and politics (Usborne’s Politics for Beginners and a book called Talking to my Daughter About The Economy by Yanis Varoufakis).

I’m really looking forward to seeing how my class deal with the challenges of working together in different situations; I’m also looking forward to discussing politics and economics and how they affect us.

What part of Microsociety are you looking forward to?

 

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I had a sick day on Friday, which I was pretty fed up about. However, it got me thinking about what people do when they’re ill.   When I was a kid and had a sick day, I’d lie on the sofa, eat toast and jam and watch Star Wars (come to think of it, that’s exactly what I did on Friday).   If I was really ill my mum would buy me Football Monthly, a grown up football magazine which I wasn’t normally allowed.  This all meant that sick days were almost fun, although you used to still feel miserable because of the whole being-ill thing. However, I can remember hearing about a parent at a different school who said that if you were ill, you weren’t allowed to watch any television or play any games – her children had to stay in bed the whole time.  If you were well enough to watch TV, you were well enough to go to school.  I wonder what other sick day rules and traditions people have…

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