BESPOKE EMOTIONAL SOCIAL TEACHING

Spring Term 2018: Best Brain Super Sleuths!

This term we will be transformed into Super Sleuths and looking in details to the job of each major part of our brain and what direct influence that it has on ourselves, our behaviour and how we act in the world around us. Through art and drama, we will develop skills for positive thinking and self- esteem. Through sport we will focus on teamwork, resilience and building confidence.

FIRE UP YOUR NEURONS AND HANG ONTO YOUR HIPPOCAMPUS. IT’S TIME TO LEARN WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO THROUGH OUR AMAZING CEREBRAL SUPERHIGHWAY!

A WEEK BY WEEK SNEAKY PEAK

WEEK 1: THE MIGHTY BRAIN

An introduction to the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built.

Searching out how our brain creates who we are, how we think and what we do!

WEEK 2: WHAT A NERVE!

If Usain Bolt is the fastest human travelling at 44.7km/h and a cheetah is the fastest animal travelling at 108km/h how fast do you think the fastest nerve signal travels?

Networking our Neurons!

WEEK 3: AND THEY’RE OFF!

Ever wondered what 650 muscles and 10,000’s thoughts have in common? The clue is in the brain! Exploring the connections between our Motor Cortex, our Thinking Cortex and our Movement.

Taking Responsibility for our thoughts and actions.

WEEK 4: THE ART OF CONVERSATION – EYES & EARS

An optical illusion – A picture that uses colour, light or patterns to trick the brain into seeing something that isn’t there. Examining the mystery behind what we believe is real and what is our imagination.

Communication can be challenging. Examining the art between verbal and non-verbal cues and understanding why some people struggle. (ASD)

WEEK 5: MAKING SCENTS – NOSE & MOUTH

Every bite we eat, every object we touch, every move we make produces sensations through our senses. How do these clues keep us alive? Let’s make sense of our scents!

Investigating what happens when our brain creates a Sensory Processing ‘Traffic Jam’? (SPD)

HALF TERM

WEEK 6: MAKING CONTACT WITH ‘UNUSUAL SUSPECTS’ – TOUCH

The Thalamus vs Waterloo Station? Which one is busiest? Senses are signals creating neural pathways every minute of the day!

Are you Personal Space Invader? Take on the Body Space challenges and find out ‘what feels comfortable’.

WEEK 7: A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Our brain stores up to 2.5 petabytes of knowledge – That’s enough to store 300 years of TV shows! Taking an inquisitive trip to the Hippocampus and observing memory maps.

What happens when our memories are not so happy? Identifying the culprits creating anxiety and learning how to practice a Growth Mindset.

WEEK 8: SLEEP IS THE BEST MEDITATION

You spend about a third of your life asleep! If you live to 75 that’s 25 years napping! Revealing the mystery behind our dreams!

What happens when we struggle to keep attention? Useful strategies for in the classroom. (ADD/ADHD)

WEEK 9: GROW OUR BRAINS

“Iceberg right ahead!” Exploring Freud’s comparison of Conscious and Unconscious thinking, and exercising our brains so that one becomes another. Firing & Wiring.

Resilience is our Chief Witness. Learning through mistakes and bouncing back!

WEEK 10: EMOJIOTIONS!

“SURPRISE!!!” how one word can push our inner ‘Panic Button’. Chief suspect? The Amygdala.

What happens when this Big Boss over reacts! Fight, Flight & Freeze.

WEEK 11: WHO AM I?

Celebration time as we conclude our investigation and deduce in what ways we are Unique!

By analysing our observations we will deduce our motive and goals for the following term.

Oh! And it is also PARTYTIME!