Year 5 are following a curriculum that is currently being implemented in the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, where women are taught how to create cottage industries in order to support themselves and their children out of the poverty cycle.
This unit involves the students making a range of jewellery items using recycled magazine pages to create paper beads which are then assembled to complete the product.
After learning about some of the challenges faced by children around the world, along with the impact that a lack of recycling can have on the global community, the Year 5 students learnt the skills that are required in order to produce a saleable product. Each student will create a product independently, whether this is a pair of earrings, a necklace, bracelet, anklet (complete with “Shark tooth”) or key ring. The students will then work in their Inquiry groups to manufacture a range of products, of which we will hopefully have enough to sell for a gold coin donation on the PYP Exhibition evening, with all proceeds going back to the NGO! The processes involved with this unit not only encourage reflection on the challenges of others, the opportunities we have to help but also on team work, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
For further information on the NGO please visit empoweringaction.org or turnerhelenk.wordpress.com.
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