Year 5 have been considering what can cause conflict between people from different cultures. They came up with the idea that, conflict can arise when we don't understand something from another culture. The children then decided that, if we talk to each other, and celebrate our differences, then we can create harmony and not conflict.
"It has been hard for me to understand why people are mean to others that are different. I now realise that it is because they do not understand the reasons behind their differences. when we get to know each other and share our cultures, the world is a happier place." - Adi
"Many of my friends are different and I find that difference is a good thing!" - Miley
During this topic, the children have looked at instances that can cause conflict between different groups of people. Racism can occur during this conflict. It can be hard for the children to understand the effects of racism, if they have not experienced it for themselves, so it was important for them to listen to the experience of other children who have.
"As racism is something that I have not experienced myself, It was very moving to hear first hand accounts of how it has made children feel." - Mia
"I struggled to understand why some of the action were considered racism. Now that I have heard how it makes others feel, I can understand the pain caused by these words and actions." - Josh
"Our skin is just an outer shell, it is what's on the inside that matters." - Jack