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Trinity News: Year 6 Trinity students investigate sleep deprivation

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 19, 2019, 6:00:00 AM

Trinity News: Year 6 Trinity students investigate sleep deprivationDuring the primary years, Trinity adopts the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), which aims to develop students who are internationally minded. Year 6 students are encouraged to consider a variety of perspectives in exploring some of our society’s biggest issues through the PYP Exhibition. This collaborative experience between students, teachers, the school and wider community is designed to celebrate the transition of learners from primary school into secondary school. The PYP Exhibition is an opportunity for each Year 6 boy to demonstrate the way he has grown as a learner throughout his time in primary school.

In consultation with teachers, each student or group of students, designs and develops an inquiry into a real-world issue, with an emphasis on using primary sources to gain authentic knowledge. One such group of Year 6 Preparatory School students investigated sleep deprivation.

The boys conducted research, collected data and analysed and developed their own solutions and responses to their chosen issue.

From left to right: Samuel Ly, Gerald Ong, Thomas Kanaan, Benny Chen

From left to right: Samuel Ly, Gerald Ong, Thomas Kanaan, Benny Chen

“Sleep deprivation occurs in children and adults, and has negative effects on memory, attention, mood, physical health and relationships. We are trying to reduce sleep deprivation in our lives, and in the broader Trinity community, so we are inviting every Preparatory School family to join us in a 30-minute challenge to make sleep their super power,” said Samuel, Thomas, Gerald and Benny.

The boys are challenging everyone at the Preparatory School to:

1. Go to sleep 30 minutes earlier than usual
Going to bed earlier will bring Trinity families more in line with the National Sleep Foundation’s recommended guidelines for sleep per night — nine to 13 hours for six to 13-year old children.

2. Turn off all screens 30 minutes before going to bed
Removing access to devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime will stop the artificial blue light from inhibiting melatonin production, which means children will fall asleep faster.

3. Do an extra 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day
Vigorous exercise can help children to feel tired and achieve a deeper sleep with longer periods in the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep.

The boys’ findings and the actions taken will be communicated through the PYP Exhibition – an event attended by staff, students, parents and the wider community. Thomas shared an early finding: “Over the last month, Samuel and I have conducted a sleep experiment. We’ve added 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day, and reduced our screen time before bed. Guess what? We’ve gained 15 minutes of sleep each night, and a longer period of deep sleep, compared to our control period.”

The PYP Exhibition incorporates a variety of disciplines and may include written and oral presentations, aspects of technology, artistic interpretations and performances. The boys are supported through the process by class and specialist teachers. Students are also able to tap into a mentoring resource with voluntary mentors including teaching staff, members from the leadership team and administrative staff, who assist boys throughout the process.

The Preparatory School’s theme for the PYP Exhibition this year is “Who We Are” Boys are exploring the central idea “The wellbeing of humanity is reliant of the hopeful, determined actions of individuals.”

The PYP Exhibition will take place on Wednesday 23 October from 6:00pm at the Preparatory School and on Monday 28 October at the Junior School campus.

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Topics: Boys learning, Education, Junior School, Students