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Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good afternoon Year 6. As I am sure you have already noticed, today is the first of April. Happy Wednesday smiley When Miss Hesketh was little, her mum used to say "white rabbits, white rabbits" on the first day of each month. She said it was good luck but never really knew why...


(So I googled it!) They are said to bring people luck if you say them on the first day of the month before midday, but where did they come from? The theories: It originates from Medieval times when people believed in witches.


This afternoon we would like you to reflect a little bit.


Your first activity is Philosophy; you could try to get your family or people in your house involved in this one! You might even want to save it and talk about it with them at meal time this evening. Being at home, it is more difficult to form and vote for a question, but exploring and discussing this topic could be done by following these steps:


Step 1:

First of all, you need to warm up your brain!

Look at these two statements. Try to think of two different times when each statement could be true and write them underneath (E.g.)


Adults always know best. Adults shouldn't tell children what to do.


Only adults can be doctors because they have been to university to study for a long time. When it comes to operations and illnesses, adults always know best.

Children need to learn how to do things themselves in order to become more independent and if adults tell them what to do, they will never learn.

Step 2:

Which statement do you agree with the most? Why?

I agree with the statement that ___________ because __________.


Step 3:

Watch this video:


Step 4:

Note down your first thoughts from the video.


Step 5:

Think about this part of Spot and Stripe's conversation. 


Stripe: Is it okay to stop someone doing something they like, because it's bad for them?

Spot: Yes, because if you know best then you are just being kind.

Stripe: But is it okay to think you know better?


Step 6:

Option 1: Continue this discussion with people in your house, or with your friends over messages or video call!


Option 2: Make some notes about the video and your thoughts.

You could lay it out using 'thought bubbles' or a 'mind map'.

This is just an example of a mind map, you can lay yours out in any way that you like!

If you are able to have a philosophical discussion -or are short of ideas for your mind map- these questions may be useful!

Activity 2:

Whilst you are feeling reflective, and are talking to the other people within your home, it may be a good time to think about what is actually going on in the world at the moment.


It is important to focus on our emotions towards our current situation-even if they are negative feelings- so that we can talk about this. I think it also helps to focus on what we know we can do, rather than the things we don’t know about yet! This might include knowing we can regularly wash our hands and stay safe inside our homes.


Here is a short book to help you, and your younger brothers and sisters (or your adults) understand.


Speaking of washing our hands.. why do we need to use soap?! Well here’s a little bit of Science fun that you can try...


You will need:

Liquid soap

A plate or bowl


Pepper (in a shaker)



  1. Fill the bowl or plate with a shallow layer of water.
  2. Sprinkle (or grind) pepper over the surface of the water.
  3. Dip your finger into the bowl.


You should now have pepper on the finger tip that you dipped into the water. Imagine that these are germs that stick to you hands before you have washed them.


Now try this:

(If your water still has pepper in then you can use the same one).


  1. Fill the bowl or plate with a shallow layer of water.
  2. Sprinkle (or grind) pepper over the surface of the water.
  3. Squirt some of the soap onto your finger.
  4. Dip your finger into the bowl.



Now imagine the pepper is the germs. Do you see why using soap is so important?!


If you have struggled to follow those instructions, see this YouTube video:


Activity 3:


Now stand up, tidy up and shake all of that away! It’s time to get moving. Choose a short activity from our PE page, or one of the videos below to end your day. Great work everyone!