Year 6 were fortunate to welcome a visitor from the Red Cross this morning. The children learnt about refugees and asylum seekers: understanding what each term means and why people might become one.
The children shared their ideas confidently and showed great maturity in their answers, with some willing to share their own experiences.
What could make it unsafe to live in a country?
If someone is trying to take over control of the country.
If the country is at war.
Poverty, where people can’t even grow food to live on, let alone afford to buy food.
Severe pollution can damage people’s health.
Laws in certain countries can lead to people being persecuted for the beliefs, race or sexuality.
Weather: drought, hurricanes, volcanoes, fires. (there are now climate refugees who have to move from their own country because of changes in their environment).
The difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker:
“Asylum seekers are looking for a place to stay.”
Asylum seekers are legally allowed to live in a country while their application to stay in the country is processed. If their application to stay in the country is granted, they become refugees.
How might asylum seekers feel when they first come to a new country?
Scared / afraid – living somewhere new that they have no knowledge of.
Confused – not knowing the laws and cultures of the new country.
Lonely / isolated – having left their family and friends behind.
Excited – at the prospect of making a new, positive life.
In light of these discussions, the children then designed welcome packs for asylum seekers adding a well-reasoned variety of information that would enable them to adapt quickly into their new environment and to feel safe. All children worked collaboratively in developing the welcome packs and in presenting their excellent ideas to the class.
How should we treat asylum seekers?
Make them feel welcome
Act as role models to other countries
Make them feel safe
Make sure they understand how to get around and where they need to go
Treat them with respect
Give them a home
Help them to have fun
Include them as part of the community
Ensure they have enough food
Help them to feel emotionally strong / treat them with sensitivity and compassion
A massive thank you to Anne-Marie for coming in to work with us; the children really enjoyed the session and have learnt a lot from it.
Mrs Butterworth and Mrs Johnson took circle time with Year 6 on Thursday afternoon.
The session started with children sharing things that are worrying them.
Then the children discussed more specific topics:
What are the risks to children / what do you think children might be at risk from?
A number of children said, “Being outside for a long time when something could happen to you (there could be people who could hurt you) and no-one would know what had happened.”
Children suggested ways of dealing with this:
• have a phone with you (always ensure it’s charged and you have credit)
• make sure you’re always with someone you
• go into a shop / knock on someone’s door for help.
• run away
• shout for help
• be aware of where you are so you can let someone know.
What should you not do if you someone is being mean to you / threatening you?
• don’t get involved because it’s what they want
• don’t try do anything to them because it could make it worse
• don’t fight them
• don’t threaten them
• don’t try to deal with it yourself, talk to a trusted adult about it
• don’t use anything as a weapon
The children discussed the idea of carrying a weapon further and thought of a range of reasons why it is not something you should do:
• it’s illegal and you can get in trouble for carrying a weapon
• it could seriously injure someone
• the weapon could be used against you
• it could hurt people close to you
• a silly mistake early in your life can have a negative effect in your later life (eg it could stop you getting a job)
Circle times on the theme of personal safety and choices made outside of school will continue next half term.
Year 6 have been writing persuasive letters in English and, building on their PSHE lessons, have focussed on the environment. As part of their research they have investigated various ways in which our planet is under threat: plastic pollution, deforestation, air pollution, animal extinction and the volume of rubbish that we produce and don’t recycle. The children have worked hard to use their understanding and specific facts to write persuasive letters explaining that we must work harder to preserve our world.
Year 6 Eagles class have produced 60-second films all about smart meters.
The nationwide competition, orgainised by EON was setup to encourage primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way.
Pupils were being encouraged to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about smart meters, including information about what they are, the benefits they can bring and how they can help consumers use less energy and save money on their energy bills.
All Eagles class produced their own films, below are two examples.
Building on our value word for this month “Thoughtfulness” Mrs Butterworth led the class in a discussion about how the children could demonstrate thoughtfulness both in and outside of school. The children generated a range of ideas and considered the positive impact that even very simple actions can have. Mrs Butterworth finished by setting the children a task:
Children have to try an perform at least 12 random acts of kindness before Christmas.
They need to keep a log of what they do, writing a full explanation of each.
For each child that completes the task, Mrs Butterworth and the Year 6 team will perform at least one random act of kindness in the new year.
In preparation for today’s protest, Year 6 discussed what an appropriate slogan for Anti-bullying week would be. They came up with the following suggestions:
• Bullying breaks hearts
• Together as one
• Someone is here, don’t fear
• All unique, all special
• We can be strong together
• Together as one, we fly
• We’re better together than apart
• Against bullying
• Don’t label me because I’m different.
Until they finally chose – I’M NOT A LABEL, NOR ARE YOU!