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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.