As part of RE, Year 6 have been discussing the term remembrance. We started off with a discussion about what the term meant.

Abigail – it means to remember the soldiers who fought in the war
Llukan – remembering loved ones
Anastasya – remembering past events that have happened and people who risked their lives for our country

We then discussed Remembrance day and what that day represents before talking about why it is important to have.

Josh T – it is important because it is an opportunity to remember the people who gave their lives for us
Rishita – it is important to remember those who died in the war
Anastasya – it is important as it shows that we respect what the people did
Khaltum – it is important as it shows appreciation

Negative comments online

For Year 6’s online safety lesson this term they discussed negative comments online and how these can be turned into positive comments. Here are what some of the children think about the way people communicate online:

After their discussions, the children then went on to completing a worksheet where they were required to turn a series of negative comments into more positive ones.

How smoking can harm our bodies

After discussing alcohol, year 6 then went on to discuss smoking and how that can cause harm to our bodies. The children learnt all about the different ways smoking can be harmful and the reasons why we shouldn’t do it.

They were then asked a very important question – should smoking be banned?

Abi – yes because if people smoke too much they could die younger than they would if they didn’t smoke.
Tibet – no because people would want it more and would find ways to get it illegally.
Reuben – yes because it is so expensive and if you waste lots of money on smoking you could even become homeless.
Ruby – yes because it is a lot of money to spend in a year.
Llukan – no because people often smoke to reduce stress.

The effects of drinking alcohol

Continuing with their PSHE topic, Year 6 have been discussing alcohol and the effects that drinking alcohol can have on your body. After discussing this, the children answered some very important questions that allowed them to consider what they thought themselves about alcohol.

Do you think the legal age to buy and drink alcohol should be raised to 21?
Reuben – yes because you are not responsible enough at 18 and you might drink too much.
Sneha – no I think it should stay at 18. At 18 you officially become an adult and therefore you should be mature enough to make your own choices.

Why do you think underage drinking is a problem?
Harley – they probably want to show off to other people.
Miranda – they might be influenced at home seeing other people drinking.
Alfie – might be influenced by friends and older children.
Anastasya – peer pressure might make some people drink underage.

The children were then given a scenario.

You are at your friends house. They tell you that there is some alcohol in the kitchen cupboard and that you should try it. What should you do?

Luke – say no thank you because it’s dangerous.
Llukan – say no because alcohol is a drug.
Ruby – say no because you don’t know exactly what is in it. There might be more than alcohol.
Paris – say no because it is illegal and you are underage.
Reuben – say no because it might affect my behaviour and attitude.

Legal and illegal drugs

As part of the PSHE curriculum, the children have been discussing the difference between legal and illegal drugs.

The children were already very knowledgeable and remembered exactly what defines a drug. A drug is a substance that changes the way a person feels, thinks or behaves.

The children could also confidently discuss the difference between legal and illegal drugs, as well as giving a few examples of each.

We then as a class discussed whether we thought drugs should be totally banned, all types of drugs. The children had mixed opinions on this matter.

Ewan – not all of them because some help people get better when they are ill. But some do cause bad behaviour and harmful actions.

Miranda – not all of them because the majority of drugs are only there to help people.
Paris – yes they should because they can all be addictive and influence behaviour.

We then discussed how some common illnesses can actually be helped using home remedies rather than medicines. The children shared some of their own home remedies that they use, including drinking warm honey and milk if you have an upset stomach!

History Man visit

Earlier this week, the children had a visit from the History Man who told them about World War II. The children learnt an awful lot but could also answer lots of his questions after studying the topic for a whole term. They learnt all about the end of WWI, why WWII started and interesting facts about what equipment/objects were used during the war.

After being shown and told about lots of different objects from that period of time, the children were given the opportunity to explore all of it themselves. This even included weapons from the war as well as an air-raid siren!

The children had a fabulous afternoon and really did love exploring all of the stuff.

World War research

Year 6 have been using the laptops to research how World War Two came to an end. The children where given the task to find out how it ended, when it ended, why it ended and the outcome of it. They were putting all of the information learnt onto a PowerPoint presentation that they will be presenting to each other in a later lesson.

“Happy” with glockenspiels

Year 6 have been continuing to learn their song ‘Happy’. The children split themselves into lead vocals and second vocals to really improve the performance of the song.

After a second lesson of learning the song, it was then time for the children to learn how to play music to the beat. The children were true experts at using the glockenspiels in time with the music.

Police talk about ‘Precious Lives’

Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit from West Midlands police. During this visit the officer spoke to the children all about risks and influences, including issues with knife crime.

The officer shared real-life stories with the children and spoke about the influences involved. They also had a very important discussion around how influences can actually be good too. They aren’t always bad. Older children was a factor that came up when discussing influences, the children shared their knowledge and they discussed how older children can influence you and often ask for favours. The children understood clearly how this is still a problem as it gets you involved in the situation.

Why do people carry weapons, specifically knives?
Ishmael – to threaten people or rob them
Sneha – to intimidate people
Harley – for self-defence (this was later discussed and the children realised that this is often untrue)
Luke – easier weapon to have than others as it is easier to obtain and it is also quiet when using

The children also learnt what would happen if a person was caught carrying/using a knife as a weapon:
• At the age of 10, you become criminally responsible
• You will get arrested and could go to prison
• You will get a criminal record which can change your life forever. You will then not be able to get certain jobs (police officer, teacher, etc.).
• Travelling to certain countries where a visa is required (for example, New Zealand) will not be achievable.
• Through carrying a knife you create a situation for yourself whether or not you originally intend to use it.

What is fair?

In RE we have been discussing fairness. The children watched a short video which included a situation where people weren’t being treated fairly. We paused the video at lots of different points to discuss what was happening in the situation, what we thought would be fair and how we thought the children in the video should behave.

What does ‘fair’ mean?
Paris – not being selfish towards other people
Rubylee – everybody gets their share
Miranda – not just thinking of yourself but others too
Tibet – having equal respect for everybody
Lucas – equal