Year 5 considered the effects of screen use on their sleep patterns. They looked at some research and made an analysis of their own use, particularly during the hour before bedtime.
They decided to launch a ‘sponsored device amnesty’ to raise money for this year’s school charity, the NSPCC.
For a week they kept a chart of device usage in the hour before bedtime, and then rated how good their sleep was and how they felt in the morning. Following that they attempted their ‘device amnesty,’ where they asked friends and relatives to sponsor them to not use a screen for an hour before bed, for a week! Success was varied, but most of the children managed between 5-7 days of screen abstinence for this period. The children continued to keep their charts and looked at the differences in their sleep patterns and moods the following morning. Their results varied. Happily, the children raised an incredible £337.95 for the NSPCC and presented a fascinating assembly to the rest of the school, which can be watched here: