Category Archives: PSHE

Having a voice

Year 5 discussed being part of the school community and having a voice.

They thought about the things they might like to improve in the school in terms of its grounds and facilities.
They then devised appropriate questions that they could put to the school to gain an idea of what they thought.
This proved to be harder than they first thought. If the question was not specific enough the results would not help them to move forward with their ideas.

The class then decided on one idea to put forward to Mrs Butterworth and wrote her a letter…they will deliver it to her today. Let’s see what she says..

Rules and laws

In PSHE Year 5 have been discussing rules and laws and why these are important things to have. They started off discussing rules in school and why we have them. A lot of children agreed that we have rules in school to avoid chaos and to try and keep everyone calm and shaving in the right way.

The children then referred this to why we have laws and realised that it is for very similar reasons.

As well as this the children also discussed how people can be influenced by their peers to break certain rule and how this influence can sometimes turn into pressure.

Discussing forgiveness

Today in PSHE, Year 5 have been discussing forgiveness, following on from their last discussion on friendships ending.

We began by discussing how we might feel when we are angry with someone or a friend. We then spoke about forgiveness and what this looks like.

Miss Edwards then read a story to the class about two girls called Kelly and Sacha. The two girls had feel out and the children had to think about whether Sacha should forgive Kelly for what she had done.

We had a mixture of opinions but most of the children ageeed that it would be best for Sacha to forgive Kelly because they have been friends a very long time, and everyone deserves a second chance.

Making others feel good

Following on from yesterday the class looked at how to make others feel good.

The class had lots of great ideas:
• making them something
• taking them out
• talking about nice things

The class then looked at “put downs”. They discussed what they were:
• saying unkind things, like they were not good at something
• reminding them of bad memories
•spreading rumours or making fun of someone

Anything that makes someone feel smaller and upset can be a put down and the class talked about what that looks like in a person.

“They feel smaller.”
“They don’t feel happy.”
“They feel upset.”

Where to go for help

In PSHE Year 5 have been discussing where to go for help, both offline and online.

We spoke about lots of different help that you could need and where you would go for it.

A lovely idea from Cara was to go to your teddy bear for help. We decided that talking to a teddy bear might be a good way to get things off your chest and this might help you feel a sense of relief.

We then spoke about receiving online. After realising that Mr Baddhan is where we go in school if we need help about online safety concerns. The children have been shown the CEOP website and how to report an incident on here.

They know that they can access this through the school website and have been shown the steps to take.

You can see the CEOP website through our online safety page on our website – click here.

Embarrassing situations

Year 5 looked at embarrassing situations today. We have all been there… but how do we deal with them?
The children came up with lots of different ways of dealing with those awkward moments:

Walking away
Laughing it off
Counting to 10 to calm down
Finding a calming activity to occupy yourself
Saying “It’s not that bad!”
Talk to someone about it

The children worked through a number of scenarios and thought about how embarrassing they felt they were-
“Your mum kisses you at the school gate and some older children see you.”
“You copied your friends spelling test and your teacher has found out. She then accuses you and your friend of cheating.”

The children then put the embarrassing scenarios in order of how embarrassing they felt they were- it was interesting to see how differently the children placed the scenarios. We all see situations differently and don’t feel embarrassed by the same things.

Peer Mediator training

Year 5 had their last whole class training session with Miss McClelland. The next two sessions will be solely for the chosen Peer Mediators.

They started with a game as always.

The children have really got the hang of working well as a team, especially when it means they have to sacrifice their part in the game in order to win.The children came up with some good qualities they think Peer Mediators need:

  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Tolerance
  • Caring
  • Polite
  • Co-operative
  • Democratic
  • Good listener
  • Good thinker
  • Peaceful
  • Responsible
  • Creative in problem solving
  • Independent
  • Trustworthy

The children then wrote down their top three qualities…

Once that was done the children had to think of classmates who had the three qualities they wrote down. They had to give their papers to the most qualified person.

Shayla received a lot of the papers and the class decided it was clear she always showed the qualities, she always has a smile and has a “good heart”.

Then the children were told what the job of Peer Mediator involved:
Some of your lunchtime
Later lunch
Twice a week

The children then voted for classmates that wished to be considered for the job. There were only 12 places available.

All the nominations were put into a box ready to be counted.

The results will be announced as soon as possible.

A big thank you to Miss McClelland for guiding us through the training, it was a lot of fun and thought provoking.

The class thought they had learnt so many skills and got better at:

  • Solving conflicts
  • Confidence
  • Thinking more
  • Working harder
  • Concentration
  • Independence
  • Multi tasking
  • Working with others
  • Sharing ideas

I think the children have been better team players and considering others feelings as well using strategies to everyone’s advantage.

Peer Mediation training – Feelings

This afternoon Miss McClelland came in for some further Peer Mediation training.

They started with showing some emotions with facial expressions. Can you guess this one?

They talked about feelings and thought about recognising them.

It was interesting to see how many qualities are needed to be a Peer Mediator and how those qualities need to be worked at- constantly.

We will be looking out for all those skills being shown daily.

More Peer Mediation training

Year 5 Kestrels had their second session of Peer Mediation trainer this afternoon.

They played some great games to make their listening and thinking skills even sharper.

The game of 1234 was great to make everyone think about how they could ensure a set person won the game by being the last person standing. Miss McClelland was impressed as she said she had never had a group that managed to get it right on the first attempt!

Well done Year 5.

The class had to think about finding out more information about each other again too.

The session was a lot of fun and they are looking forward to next weeks session.