Environmental issues

In PSHE Year 6 have been discussing environmental awareness and responsibility. We started off discussing what environmental issues there are in the world currently. Once we had identified a list of issues, we then spoke about how these could be resolved. The children were asked to talk in pairs about what rules they could develop that would help to solve these issues. The children had lots of great ideas on how we could reduce the issues we face in the world and things that they could do to support this.

Self-respect

In Year 6, we have been discussing the term respect and what it means. We have also been looking at self-respect and how that links directly to our own happiness. The children started off discussing in pairs what respect means, before moving on to discussing the term self-respect. The children were then given two different coloured post-it notes and two different tasks. On the one, they had to write down or draw something they think they are good at, and on the other, they had to say something nice about their partner. We then spoke about how this made them feel and how when were are feeling negative we can get rid of those thoughts in various different ways.

What is the internet?

In Year 6 we have been discussing the internet and what it actually is. We have been talking about how there are lots of different services and parts to the internet, it is not just one thing.

The children then read more information on a designated website before creating their very own poster to explain the internet to others.

Comparing rules and laws

Year 6 have been discussing rules in RE and why we have rules in the world. We also compared rules to laws and discussed how they are similar and again why they are needed in the world.

The children then worked in pairs to think of 10 rules for life. They had to imagine that everybody in the world would only have 10 rules to follow and they could decide what those 10 rules should be.

The children then watched a video that informed them of the 10 commandments from the Christian faith and had to think about how these were similar or different to the rules that they had come up with themselves.

The Solar System

In science this term, Year 6 are looking at Light, Earth and Space. To start the topic we discussed what we already knew about the solar system and the planets that are within it. After learning a few facts and sharing our knowledge, we went outside to work in two groups. Each group were given a set of equipment and had to work really hard as a team to recreate the solar system on the playground.

Democracy

Year 6 discussed the term democracy in PSHE and as a class looked at what it meant. We then had an interesting discussion about whether the children thought they should be the age of 18 before being allowed to vote:

• No it should be 21 (Aflie)
• Yes 18 is right because it is when we become an adult (Tibet)
• Yes 18 is good because it is when you are mature enough to make a decision (Harley)
• I think it should be 16 because you can still be aware and understand what is happening (Oscar)

We then spoke about laws and why we have laws and rules in different circumstances.

Class Charter

In Year 6’s first PSHE lesson of the year they spent some time discussing the classroom and what it should be like. The children spent time discussing what atmosphere they would like their classroom to have, what basic rights people should have in a classroom and ways that they should behave within the classroom.

The children shared many ideas as a group and together decided that there were particular promises they could make to each other in order to make their classroom a welcoming place to be.