Category Archives: PSHE

Environmental issues

Having looked at democracy around the world Year 6 looked at the Earth as a whole. We focussed our discussions of the environmental issues affecting the Earth.

Eagles knew lots of issues that affect Earth like pollution and deforestation.
They then set about researching and noting some issues and what they were as well as how they affected us.

Lexi found that medical waste was a concern, as needles etc have to be disposed of.

Jamie found that agriculture polluted the waters and land causing animals to die.

Kaicee noted that noise pollution was also an issue and we discussed some of the different types: aeroplanes as well as cars.

Year 6 will continue with their research next week.

Red Cross: Refugees and asylum seekers

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).
  • Contagious diseases.
  • 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.

    Knife crime & youth violence talk

    Year 6 Eagles were visited by Alison Cope today, the mother of Joshua Ribera who was murdered in 2013.

    Alison spoke to the Year 6 children today to discuss the choices young people can make before the consequences.

    Since Joshua’s death Alison has worked tirelessly to share her son’s life and death story to educate young people about the real consequences of youth violence.

    Alison has worked with West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police, Hertfordshire Police and Crimestoppers along with keynote speaking and lecturing at Birmingham and Nottingham universities.

    Alison touched on various issues including:

    – Knife crime
    – Youth violence

    Thank you to Alison for having this discussion with our children and parents.

    Worrying things…

    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.

    Persuasive letters

    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.

    Video: 60-second film all about smart meters

    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.

    Leo, Joshua B and Sahara

    Chloe, Lola and Dharma


    Year 6 have started their PSHE topic about Gangs.

    As part of their discussion they evaluated what gangs are and the types of gangs they think this topic will revolve around.

    Thinking about the types of people that are the children considered people that they value and the reasons why they are valued so highly:

    Discussing our value word ‘Thoughtfulness’

    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.

    Anti-Bullying protest

    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!

    Anti-bullying Week – Labelling People

    As part of Anti-Bullying Week, year 6 watched a video about labelling people.

    The class all agreed that placing labels on others, including on yourself, has a negative impact and that we shouldn’t use them to judge others.

    The conversation then developed into whether it is right to judge others at all.

    Two of the children proposed that it is ok to judge others based on their actions and opinions.

    Currently, not many support this viewpoint with most suggesting, “We shouldn’t judge others at all,” or, “We can judge others but only in a positive way.”

    The debate will continue tomorrow…