Category Archives: PSHE

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.

Disagreeing and agreeing

In PSHE, Year 5 Kestrels have been discussing what it is like to agree and disagree with people.

They had various different statements to discuss and agree or disagree with in their pairs. One example was ‘Children should not watch television’. The children found it very hard to disagree with this statement but they managed to find a reason as to why they should disagree.

They then discussed how disagreeing makes you feel and how we can disagree with people without hurting their feelings. The children decided that you should talk calmly, suggest your reasons rather than telling others and respect their views whilst sharing your own.

Understanding opinions

Year 5 Kestrels have been discussing how to respect and understand others’ opinions. We started off with a problem to solve. This was ‘There is not enough space in the playground for football and other activities to be happening at the same time’. What can we do?

First of all the children discussed whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement and spent time listening to each other’s opinions.

We then came up with a list of ideas to fix this issue.

Finally, we spoke about how during our discussing we listened to others’ opinions, and we discussed how we should do this with respect and understanding.

These were a few of our ideas:

  • Listen
  • Don’t argue with opinions
  • Let people have their say
  • Ask for reasons to understand why that is their opinion

The main message the children received from the PSHE lesson was that everybody is entitled to their own opinions and we don’t always have to agree with each other, but we do always have to show respect.

Understanding feelings

On Friday, Kestrels class were introduced the book Piggybook, written by Anthony Browne. They started their discussions looking at the front cover of the book and thinking of what the story could be about. We then started to read the book and stopped half way through. This gave us a chance to predict what would happen in the rest of the story. We discovered that the story was based around the mom of the family doing all of the work! They mum called the dad and the boys pigs because they were treating her pretty badly, we discussed how this was a brilliant metaphor.

In today’s lesson we looked at the characters in the story, how we could describe them and how they might be feeling in the story. We described mom as being fed up and feeling like she is taken advantage of. The boys and the dad we described as being useless and lazy!

Tomorrow we will be planning our piece of writing from a characters point of view.

Positive role models

David Walliams, Christiano and Emma Watson

In PSHE, Year 5 have been discussing what makes a positive role model.

The children had to each think of someone famous and what it was that person has achieved. A few examples we heard were David Walliams, Usain Bolt, Sam Smith, Christiano Ronaldo and Emma Watson.

The children then went on to discuss what qualities these people would have needed to be able to achieve their goals. We noticed that all of the qualities we thought of were very similar to our behaviours for learning! These included perseverance, confidence, pride, curiosity, a positive attitude and patience.

Then we went on to think of our own goals and what we would like to achieve. Year 5 has lots of brilliant ambitions, lots of children want to be teachers, we have a few dreams of being writers and we even have a goal of working for NASA!

School Council election

Today the class held the election for their school council representatives.

A very democratic process was set up. All the children that wanted to stand for election put their names forward. Then they individually gave their manifesto (the reasons why they should be voted for). There was a long list of children and a wide variety of reasons they should be voted for:

• I will listen to everyone
• I will work hard to speak up in the meetings
• I will ensure the classes views are heard
• I will be a good role model
• I will represent the class well
• I have done it before so I know what to do

Well we were very impressed with how they stood up and spoke- a great skill in itself.

The children then chose one boy and one girl, secretly.

Mrs Sabir counted up the votes. She was impressed that everyone that stood for election got a vote.

There were two clear winner and showing fantastic support, the whole class applauded the winner.

Our two school councillors are…..:

Nila and Christos

Well done to them both.

The first school council meeting will be early next week and all notices about their meetings will be displayed on a noticeboard in the school.

Telling the truth

Today Kestrels discussed why it is important to tell the truth. They watched a video in which there were a number of situations where lies were told. It seemed after the first lie was told… more lies followed. The children made choices after each situation, deciding on what the characters should have done next. It was an interesting discussion.

The class then noted ideas- it was clear that there seemed to be many consequences to lying:

• It can lead to serious situations
• It is setting a bad example
• You could go to prison
• You could lose friends
• Telling the truth will help people
• Little lies can turn into big lies
• Telling the truth stops you getting into trouble

Well done Year 5, your discussions were very mature and you explored each others ideas well.