Why is water so important to humans? #WerringtonSTEM29-11-2019 | 12:57:38 | No Comments

This afternoon, Year 6 have been researching why water is so important to humans. We started off by sharing what we already knew about water, including things we learned in other year groups, before starting to add to our knowledge. Here are the websites we used:

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=284&id=1494

https://healthfully.com/409715-why-is-water-important-in-a-balanced-diet.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/why-is-water-important#takeaway

Online safety: how can we spot ‘fake news’? #WerringtonSTEM27-11-2019 | 17:21:42 | No Comments

This afternoon, we talked about what fake news is and how we can spot it. Here are a few basic questions to consider whenever you encounter a piece of media:

Who made this?
Who is the target audience?
Who paid for this? Or, who gets paid if you click on this?
Who might benefit or be harmed by this message?
What is left out of this message that might be important?
Is this credible (and what makes you think that)?

Spotting fake news – here are a few things to watch for:

Look for unusual URLs or site names, including those that end with “.co” — these are often trying to appear like legitimate news sites, but they aren’t.

Look for signs of low quality, such as words in all caps, headlines with glaring grammatical errors, bold claims with no sources, and sensationalist images: these are clues that you should be sceptical of the source.

Check a site’s “About Us” section. Find out who supports the site or who is associated with it. If this information doesn’t exist – and if the site requires that you register before you can learn anything about its backers – you have to wonder why they aren’t being transparent.

Check Snopes, Wikipedia, and Google before trusting or sharing news that seems too good (or bad) to be true.

Consider whether other credible, mainstream news outlets are reporting the same news. If they’re not, it doesn’t mean it’s not true, but it does mean you should dig deeper.

Check your emotions. Clickbait and fake news strive for extreme reactions. If the news you’re reading makes you really angry or super smug, it could be a sign that you’re being played. Check multiple sources before trusting.

Why is too much sugar bad for you? #WerringtonSTEM22-11-2019 | 12:30:24 | No Comments

This afternoon, the children in Y6 have been researching why too much sugar in our diets can be bad for us. We have particularly focussed our investigations on why we should swap soft drinks with a large amount of sugar for healthier alternatives.

Here are some of the websites that we explored:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids/lower-sugar-drinks-for-kids-stop-tooth-decay

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/sugary-soft-drinks.html

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/water.html

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/children-and-sugar-how-bad-it

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-drinks-for-kids#section11

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/nutrition/2018-uk-sugar-tax.html

https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/kids-teens/choose-water-as-a-drink.aspx

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/water.html

Online safety: what is cyberbullying and how do you deal with it? #WerringtonSTEM20-11-2019 | 15:51:25 | No Comments

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets. Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms can be great fun and a positive experience. But what do you do when things go wrong?

Childline stresses the importance of taking care of your mental health and have a number of suggestions to help you cope or feel better (click here to visit the Childline website for more detail):

If you know someone else who is being bullied, it can be difficult to know where to start with helping them. Howeever, even just a few words of support and saying ‘we’ve got this’ can make a massive difference.

Remember:
– Bullying is never your fault;
– You can report and block people who bully you online;
– Don’t share or comment on bullying posts; 
– Tell a trusted adult to help stop the bullying;
– Things can change and there are always ways you can build your confidence.

Y6 Bar Modelling 18.11.19 #Barvember18-11-2019 | 13:57:56 | No Comments

We have started off our third week of Barvember in style with some superb bar modelling this morning. See some of our solutions to questions Q2-4 below:

Thank you to Ashton, Chloe, Libby and Sophie for sharing the examples above!

FORE!15-11-2019 | 15:05:29 | No Comments

The etymology for the word “Fore!” is not absolutely certain. What is certain, however, is that Year 6 loved their golf session with Ross from Bee Active this week! Check out some of the action pics below (including some of our own golf course designs!):

Why do we need the right amount of sleep? #WerringtonSTEM15-11-2019 | 11:44:11 | No Comments

This afternoon, Y6 are going to be researching the importance and benefits of getting the right amount of sleep. For more information, see the links below:

https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/help-me-out-sleep

http://sleepforkids.org/

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/not-tired.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39140836

What is bullying? #AntiBullyingWeek #ChangeStartsWithUs12-11-2019 | 17:23:40 | No Comments

It is vital that every member of the school community understands what bullying actually is. Below is the definition of the Anti-Bullying Alliance:

What does school already do to prevent and respond to bullying? #AntiBullyingWeek #ChangeStartsWithUs12-11-2019 | 17:19:11 | No Comments

On Monday, we asked the Y6 pupils the following question:

What does school already do to prevent and respond to bullying and to make sure you feel happy and safe?

Here is what the pupils came up with:

  • Staff listen & give advice
  • Staff encourage victims to speak out
  • Staff will investigate to build as clear a picture as possible and seek a resolution 
  • Appropriate sanctions where required 
  • CCTV
  • Worry boxes
  • Mrs Marsh – there is a box outside her room that anybody can leave a note in 
  • Kindness ambassadors
  • Some of the pupils help too (e.g. friends, school council) PSHE lessons and assemblies
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Staff outside at break and lunch
  • Clubs – help to build relationships with staff and/or other children

#Remembrance Assembly 2019 #LestWeForget11-11-2019 | 17:40:49 | No Comments

This morning, our Y6 pupils observed a two-minute silence with members of their families to draw this year’s Remembrance Assembly to a close. The children did a really good job and it was lovely to share a really important date in our school calendar with so many members of the community. Thank you to everybody who was able to make it and also to everybody who was able to donate an amount, however small, to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. A HUGE thank you should also go to Mrs Adams who organised and prepared the whole event. Below are photos of a few of our ‘evacuees’ following the assembly!

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