Year 5 have been discussing anti bulling week and the great theme is Make a noise!
The children have loved the theme as it means they should speak out whenever they hear about bullying, see any bullying or experience any bullying. This also includes cyber bullying as we learnt in our computing lesson this week too.
Cyberbullying can happen on:
Everyone has to be careful online and make sure they are being kind.
As part of Kestrel’s class assembly this morning, we discussed mental health and the children sorted words and phrases into a venn diagram to show whether they thought they belonged to mental health, physical health or both. This led to some very mature and interesting discussions about the links between physical and mental health.
On Monday 10 of our year 5 children took part in play leader training along with several other schools. The children were excellent ambassadors for the school and have brought back lots of ideas and games to try out with the younger children in school.
Last week Kestrels took part in Mental Health week , and we discussed how staying connected with people and chatting can help with worries. The children discussed who they have available for them to talk to if they need to share their worries or feelings and then we played a great game of bingo. The children had to complete their bingo sheet containing their favourite things; hobbies, foods, lessons etc and were asked to talk their way round the classroom finding people with the same interests. It was great fun!
Last week, Kestrels took part in a very important lesson all about the types of bullying that can occur on and offline. The children studied various scenarios and had to decide which were forms of bullying and which were simply examples of unkindness. They of course, got them all correct and were able to discuss what to do if they were ever in a situation where they were being bullied, or saw it happening to someone else.
The children then created their own lists of online and offline bullying situations and added drawings and logos as well. The last thing we did was to discuss all the various anti-bullying groups that children could speak to if they ever needed to.
The class looked at reasons why a friendship may end. Kestrels are very mature and shared a variety of valid reasons why a friendship may end. Have a look at them:
They then went on to role play the scenarios between two friends and how one wanted to end the friendship. It is very true to say that there are always two sides to a story. How both the girls felt in the situation was very important.
As part of a role play the class worked out how the girls could have resolved the situation..
Today year 5 watched an inspiring assembly on mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and a chance to really express and think about our own mental health.
Everyone needs to get support and we get support from a variety of people; parents, friends, siblings, trusted adults and other family members – even pets!
It is important that we recognise we get comfort from so many different places. Getting comfort, positive affirmations, guidance or just to listen or be around you is also a comfort and a support.
We also looked at thinking about our breathing. Breathing is something we do naturally but when we are stressed, upset, angry or excited our breathing gets quicker. It is important to learn how to regulate our breathing and bring it back down.
We traced our hands and took deep breaths in, held it, then took strong breaths out, while tracing up and down our fingers.
We noticed it helped us empty our minds and relax.