What is the International Day of Happiness?

It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.  This year’s theme is ‘Happier Together’ celebrating what we have in common, rather than what divides us.

Last week at Bootham Junior School, we asked the children “What makes you happy?” Their responses, as always, have been original, thought-provoking, creative and empathetic. A selection of their work on the theme of Happiness will be displayed in the school hall and next term we will be exchanging some of our work with our partner schools in Zagreb and Washington DC.

Ancient Engineering

Year 3 combined history, science, maths and DT to solve the problem of how the ancient Egyptians could lift heavy water from the River Nile to irrigate their fields. They used their knowledge of levers, fulcrums and counterweights to design and create their own shadufs, and then built a larger version of the most effective design.

Animal magic

Year 1 had an amazing time at Lotherton Hall.