Monday 24 May – 1980s Week!

This week was 1980s week – this decade saw some historic events that would shape the UK’s future for the decade and beyond – but as our meetings are only 90 minutes long we just covered 3 of the main events!  On 18 May 1980, an earthquake struck Mount St. Helens in Washington, USA, triggering the largest landslide recorded in history and a major volcanic eruption. For this challenge, we watched a video of the actual eruption and landslide which reduced the mountain’s summit from 2950m to 2549m, leaving a one-mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. The video of the eruption was awe inspiring to watch – a little scary but jaw dropping! The mountain is still an active stratovolcano and it is predicted that future eruptions of Mount St Helens will likely be even larger than this 1980 eruption. Buttercup then amazed us with her own volcano experiment – mixing vinegar and baking soda to make “lava” pour out of her home-made paper mache mountain! It was epic!!

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minster for the whole of the 1980s. She was the first female British Prime Minster and was born and brought up in Grantham where her father owed 2 grocery shops.  For this challenge, whilst we might not all agree with what she did during her time as Prime Minister, what she did achieve in her life was pretty amazing so we put ourselves in her shoes and wrote our own manifesto – what laws would we want to change or bring in? The Brownies completed their manifestos during break; they had 4 areas to concentrate on home, community, learning and the UK in general.

In 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and Britain went to war. A couple of our parents plus Daffodil have been to the Falklands as part of their RAF careers and Daffodil told the Brownies a little about the Falklands including the 18-hour flight to get there! The Falklands is well known for its penguin population so for this challenge we made a simple weaving penguin.  While we made our penguins, we talked about our manifesto with Daffodil typing each one up on the Zoom poll app and we then voted on each area.  This is the results:

Home – everyone should have more teddies closely followed by make sure everyone has a clean bed to sleep in.
Community – stop fast drivers closely followed by stop dangerous drivers.
Learning – extra play time closely followed by help and be kind to all.
UK – allow dragons as pets closely followed by don’t litter and be kind to the land

This week’s time-filler games included the ever popular: Virtual Hide and Seek and instant scavenger hunt but we also played bingo using our new online number generator and for the first time played Guess Who? The Brownies dressed up in a variety of accessories including hats, sunglasses and props and started off by holding up their hand.  Daffodil picked a Brownie and the rest had to ask elimination questions to work who it was; the last one holding up their hand was the Brownie! Fun and one to do again!

That’s it for now – no meeting for Group 2 next week as it’s half term, so Group 2 will return week beginning Monday 7 June and Group 1 the week after.  Have a great half term everyone 😊

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