Written by guest bloggers Lucy, Joanna and Elizabeth, Year 6 students.
Early this term, Ms Rachel Gregory paid a visit to Year 6 of SSAS Junior School, who were celebrating a day of cooking, culture and creativity. She showed the children an interesting PowerPoint all about the dangers of tropical disease in Brazil. The presentation really engaged the children and so did being able to see the specimens of mosquitoes and parasites that Ms Gregory brought in.
The presentation began testing the knowledge that the children already had of parasites. She explained the main dangers of mosquito bites, and the many parasitic diseases that a mosquito can carry, including dengue fever and malaria. The children then had an opportunity to create their own “mozzie” out of card.
Although some of these designs may be a little unrealistic, they certainly show off the children’s artistic talent, and how involved they were with Ms Gregory’s workshop.
The children then completed a ‘Big Write’ activity based on “Why is the mosquito the deadliest creature in Brazil?”
“Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in Brazil because of the diseases they carry.” By Joanna, aged 10
“The mosquito is the carrier of the blood-thirsty menace that just keeps on fighting harder and harder as time goes by. Malaria.” By Lucy, aged 11
“Passing on deadly diseases is their hobby. Killing people is their job.” Niamh, aged 10.
“Mosquitoes are deadly, VERY deadly. They cause over 600,000 deaths throughout the world. They’re fighters, they will not stop.” By Eloise, aged 11
As you can tell, the work was of a very high quality and this is not just thanks to the pupils working their hats off to do the best that they could. It was also very much due to the fact that Ms. Gregory guided the children in their learning, to such an extent that they were able to complete an essay on it, and were all very sorry when the workshop came to an end.
Ms. Gregory really helped the children get to grips with a difficult but interesting subject, and helped them in their learning constantly. Thanks to her, Year 6 had a very enjoyable day and are now much more knowledgeable on the subject of parasites, mosquitoes and other vectors.
Thanks again to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in particular, Ms. Gregory for a fascinating workshop.
Photos: Mosquitoes modelled from card by Year 6 students
Photo credits: Mrs Kristina Butterworth