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From: St Osmunds
Blue Planet 2 was finally released on the 29th October to huge acclaim and its last episode aired on BBC last night. The new series, filled with underwater adventures and eye - opening animals caught on camera, was still narrated by Sir David Attenborough.  Over 10.3 million viewers tuned in every Sunday, beating the audience watching the X-factor. Some of its most amazing sequences showed a type of fish which changed its gender from female to male . Another amazing sequence showed a fish that caught a clam, then carried it by using its teeth to the nearest rock where it would smash it until it would open. This demonstrated that some fish are clever enough to use tools. Above all, the series raised awareness about climate change and how the ice is melting at rapid speed. The animals are dying and will no longer have a home if we do not stop polluting or over-fishing. A sequence showing the damage caused by plastic waste in our oceans was particularly distressing. So please if you haven't already, watch the series on I-player and help protect the environment and our oceans.
From: St Osmunds
Every year companies spend thousands of pounds on their Christmas advertisement campaigns, and this year is no different. It is estimated that a record of £6 billion will be spent in total on creating festive adverts. In Aldi's Christmas campaign you are introduced to Kevin and Katie, a couple of carrots, and in M&S's to Paddington bear, who mistakes a thief for Santa Claus. During the John Lewis advert, reportedly made at a cost of £7 million, you meet Moz "the monster under the bed" and enjoy the touching two minute tale of his friendship with a young boy named Joe. Did you ever wonder if these adverts work? Last year, Aldi's sales were increased by 15%, and it is believed its advertising campaign is the main cause, and John Lewis's ad was viewed online 26 million times. This year, however, John Lewis have been accused of copying award-wining illustrator Chris Riddell's very first picture book, Mr Underbed. However, John Lewis argue that "monsters under the bed disturbing children from sleep" is a well known theme, so therefore it was not specifically copied from his best selling novel. This incident is not the first time they have been have been accused of copyright infringement: Monty the penguin was also similar to the main character in 'lost and found' by Oliver Jeffers.
From: Belmont Primary
In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated at the end of November. Here you get to know what it is and why it is celebrated. This year Thanksgiving falls on the 23rd November, but it is always on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the US and has been originated from the harvest festival. People usually eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn and green bean casserole. Americans really like Thanksgiving because you spend time with your family and it is not so much about buying things and giving presents. By: Helen
From: Barnes
John Lewis has banned girls' and boys' labels on their clothes. They have also separated the areas where the girls' and boys' clothes are put. Styles haven't changed though - you'll still find floral dresses and skirts but the retailer is simply proving that they can be worn by girls and boys. Caroline Bettis, the head of children's wear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear." John Lewis's website still has separate sections but changes are planned. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “I have no idea what would possessed John Lewis to do this. Boys and girls labels and signs are informative. I think removing them could be very confusing for the consumer. It appears political correctness continues to march and, whether it is going in the right direction, is a point for debate. I cannot see many customers buying a dress for their six-year-old boy.”