Category Archives: PSHE

‘Free To Be Me’ Online

Today Year 6 have watched a video all about online identity. After watching the video the children were asked what they thought the key messages were and what they would have said about the topic of identity, if they were in the video.

What are the key messages in the video?
Miranda – you can’t compare yourself to anyone else online and what you see of their lives
Harley – being behind a screen doesn’t change who you are
Reuben – stay safe online and be prepared for situations you may face
Sneha – be yourself always

If you were in this video, what would you have said about the topic of online identity?
Ishmael – be confident
Llukan – do not copy other people, be yourself and do not hide who you are
Miranda – all people have sad and happy moments in their lives, they just might not choose to share them with the rest of the world

Staying safe online

This afternoon, year 6 have continued their work around Safer Internet Week and the importance of staying safe online. The children were given 5 different scenarios and had to choose a reaction:

• It’s not okay
• It depends
• I’m not sure about this
• It’s fine
• It’s okay if no one finds out

The children were very sensible with their responses and could all explain why they chose to respond in that way.

What does my avatar say about me?

To kick off Safer Internet Week, Year 6 watched a video focused around avatars that are used online. The film looked at a variety of different avatars that different people have created as well as talking about the choices that they make.

After watching the video, the children were asked a few questions:

How can avatars be used to keep us safe online?
Paris – it doesn’t show people who you actually are
Alfie – it stops people knowing more about you
Oscar – it hides your true identity

How can avatars help us express who we are?
Anastasya – they can help you show your personality
Luke – you can use them to share you likes and interests with people, for example your favourite animal

Why do you think avatars are good/important?
Khaltum – they give people a chance to be unique
Miranda – they can be used to reflect personalities
Ruby – they are used to show that everybody is different

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!

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.

Anti-Bullying Week

During Anti-Bullying week year 6 discussed a different question each day. The children had discussions around these questions with their peers before sharing with the rest of the class. Below are some of the things that were discussed during the week.

What does the school already do to help stop bullying and ensure all pupils are happy and safe?
Rishita – we do Peacemakers and we also have peer mediators who help other children with their problems.
Paris – teachers in the school help you, ask questions and then try to resolve and sort the problem.
Dalila – sometimes assemblies are held to discuss values and how we should treat people.
Alfie – we join in with Anti-bullying week.
Miranda – Safer Internet week also talks about bullying that takes place online.
Llukan – we share our knowledge with other schools.

Is change possible?
Sneha – change is possible if you try.
Miranda – seeing other things happen can motivate people to make a change.
Rishita – if others set a good example that can motivate people to make a change and to change the way they are behaving.

Which people in school can help us to reduce and respond to bullying?
Dalila – peer mediators because they can sort out the problems.
Rubylee – your friends can help you by comforting and supporting you.
Harley – teachers can help you and can resolve the issues.

What changes are we going to make?
Every child responded with their very own way they would make a change in our school. These varied from saying kind things to everyone every day to smiling more often. The children displayed these on a placard that was shared with the rest of the school on Friday afternoon.

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.


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.