1. KS3 PSHE this week includes awareness of screen time issues. Year 7 treatment of this is simply raising it as an awareness issue for about 10 minutes and it could be followed up later.
a). Ask pupils what they think are the dangers of spending too much time on screens (phones, tablets, laptops, TV etc.) Use digital board to do a mind-map diagram as the pupils offer suggestions: “tired eyes”, “reduced sleep” etc.
b). Solicit ideas from them about the suggested amount of time they should spend looking at screens each day. Now ask them to calculate the actual amount of time spent on screens? Were they surprised?
c). Explain that the average time an eleven year old spends on screens is between 6 and 7 hours per day. During the lock down period of online teaching, once teaching time and homework time are subtracted, should pupils be spending any time of screens at all? Discuss.
2. The second part of KS3 PSHE this week addresses COVID-19 directly, for the first time in these resources since the Easter holidays.
For Year 7 the Children’s Guide to Coronavirus produced by the Children’s Commissioner is probably a good starting point. It is produced for younger children but may be well suited to Year 7 in a British school in Spain, given the vocabulary range.
The booklet can be obtained here and used for the lesson, to work through the issues around COVID-19, the lock down, the worries that children may have, and then the many hot links within the booklet (which are all to age appropriate sites) can be explored.
There is a small section of the booklet for children to write about the things that concern them, which might be a homework exercise (or there is another suggestion for homework below.)
This is a very well produced resource and it could take the teacher and class in a variety of directions. Certainly enough for two or even three lessons. This needs a little preparation before using it in order to decide which direction you want to take the children using the material. It is a good resource for this age and deals with the serious and worrying issues in a non-threatening manner.
*Week beginning 11 May:
Next week’s COVID-19 PSHE will look at global issues. How does the pandemic affect the poorer countries of the world and the countries that have ongoing conflicts (e.g. Syria or Afghanistan) and how the health services in these countries are ill-equipped to cope with a disease affecting thousands of people.
You may wish to set a small homework task asking the pupils to find out about that in preparation: “Are all countries able to meet the challenge of this disease in the same way, or are some countries less able to help their citizens? Why might that be the case?”