CCTV should be installed in schools

Here’s the case made by Temmyyaa and Daisy.  What do you think of the tone they achieve in their writing?  Pick out some things you like about their work.


For the past decade, closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras have been widely introduced to public spaces – shops, airports, streets and more.  This is in order to stop crime: graffiti, theft, speeding and violence.  In the United Kingdom, there are an estimated four million cameras in use – more than any other country in the world!  Despite the billions of pounds that have been spent on this technology, the general public believes it provides value-for-money and that it’s a clear benefit to society: it makes people feel safe, makes people feel comfortable, and most of the time solves the problem.  

Not only are CCTV cameras on every corner or in every shop, but they have now been introduced to schools.  This stops bullying, helps prevent vandalism and theft, and it helps make children feel safer.  Children will feel safer when there are cameras where teachers are not present because they know that the threatening or bullying behaviour will decrease.

In summary, it has been shown that CCTV has helped children to feel safer in their environment.  Cameras should be installed in classrooms and in playgrounds to stop bullying, vandalism and theft.



Over the past fifteen years, CCTV (closed circuit TV) has been introduced all around the world – around 25 million cameras world-wide.  With the UK owning 10% of them, the average adult can be seen on camera up to 300 times a day!  Airports have lots of cameras for security reasons: Singapore airport has 3000 (and counting).  Most people feel safer with CCTV installed.  It has been shown to reduce a wide range of crimes and anti-social behaviour.

Moving to secondary schools, most already have quite a few “hidden eyes” so teachers can see what children are doing when they’re not around.  Although primary schools don’t have any cameras in classrooms, they should have cameras to catch culprits of vandalism.  In this way, when a child breaks or damages something, teachers know who needs to replace it.  The money that schools save can be used on equipment for PE.

A further consideration is the use of cameras to ensure people feel safe.  It is every child’s right to feel secure when on school grounds.  It is believed that if CCTV were to be introduced, no child would be tempted to even try to bully anyone.  The cameras could be placed where not so many teachers would be but in places where there would be children.

In summary, CCTV has proven itself to be effective enough for school use:  it prevents bullying, reduces theft and, best of all, makes children feel safer and happier when on school grounds.  CCTV should be installed in every school in the country.



Close encounters of the third kind

We’ve continued to have interesting discussion about UFOs as part of our literacy lessons. A nice coincidence was that President Obama announced this week that NASA had been given a mission to transport humans to another planet (Mars) within the next 20 years, with an ultimate ambition to remain there for an extended time.  If humans travel between planets, why not others, we asked. 

It reminded one of us (Mr Milne) of a childhood fascination with Carl Sagan’s ideas about extraterrestrial life.  For anyone interested, here’s a charming  extract of a conversation between Carl Sagan and Patrick Moore from the classic TV series The Sky at Night, which we also briefly listened to in class.

The children have begun writing a factual account of a UFO sighting based on this clip from Close Encounters of the Third Kind:  Roy’s first UFO encounter Do watch it through at home and talk about it.  The report is being written for the attention of UFO investigators.  We’ll put some of the writing on the blog in the coming days.

Great emotion

Use independent learning to comment on your classmates’ writing.  Remember that the main aim of this piece of writing was to capture some of the emotion of the man writing the letter.

Gabriel’s letter began, “I am writing this letter to you because of the monster called money.  It always asks and wants, more and more, but we can’t keep it satisfied for much longer.”   Do you think that makes an effective opening?

Nell uses dashes in the way we saw them used in The Silver Sword.  “In my heart – deep, deep down – I know this is the right decision and I know we will meet again and have a happier life.  A life where you, too, can be free.”  How do you think this works?

Now, take a deep breath and read these extracts from the part of Sylvie’s letter where she really gets going.  “… my heart throbs for you, my arms feel empty, my world feels dark and heavy, lined with sorrow….We must carry on this battle with fate, plough on through the murky waters of life and keep hope…. Our boat of joy, happiness and faith for the future has not sunk yet!”  

And how about this from Emily: “I love you more than you could ever imagine – two jewels of hope on a horizon that has never seemed darker.”  Another effective use of a dash too!