Anti-Bullying Week – What is Banter?

Bluebirds tried to think what was meant by the word “banter”. None of the children in Year 3 had really heard of this word so to begin with they tried to have a good guess before looking up the dictionary definition.

Some Bluebirds were eager to use our BRAND NEW dictionaries to look the word up, beginning by looking for the first three letters “ban”

The definition read “playful teasing or joking.” Mrs Parry explained this was probably a term that older children tended to use.

The children watched the below film clips to gain a better understanding of banter and what to do if it turns bad.

Caring for Pets

Bluebirds heard a verse from Genesis (Ch 1 – verse 28) where humans were given the responsibility to rule over the animals. In the original language it is clear that the ruling is meant to be “caring for and looking after.”

The class used their knowledge of caring for the pets they have at home and completed a list of things to consider when owning a pet. Here is their list of requirements for a happy and healthy pet dog:

  • Exercise to keep them fit and healthy
  • Food/water
  • Somewhere comfortable to sleep
  • Regular check ups and inoculations at the vets
  • Grooming, brushing, washing, teeth cleaning and nail cutting
  • Training (using treats)
  • Toys to keep them entertained so they do not get bored
  • Give them lots of love attention and fuss
  • They may need to stay at the kennels or with a family/friend if you go on holiday
  • After all their recent work in English recently, Bluebirds decided to write a set of instructions about how to care for a pet of their choice.

    Respecting others

    During circle time, Bluebirds considered and talked about the reasons why some people might choose not to show respect to others which included making bad choices, copying others/peer pressure, to look cool and make themselves more popular. Here are some of our reasons.

    Secret friend

    Bluebirds have each drawn a name from “the hat” and been allocated a “secret friend” for the next three days. The aim is to try and be a good friend to them and help them or do good deeds for them without them realising! It could be that they play together at breaktime. The children will try and guess who their secret friend is towards the end of the week. Mrs Parry has already seen some children working hard in class to help their friend!


    Bluebirds learnt and practised three stitches today ready for when they sew their pencils cases. These were running stitch, back stitch and whip stitch. We also had to use a lot of perseverance with threading the needles!

    Video: What is respect?

    This morning, Bluebirds arrived to school wearing odd socks to give the message that it is ok to be different and indeed, we are all different! We talked about looking and behaving differently all liking different activities, subjects and even people. The children all thought about what they understood by the word RESPECT and what it mean to them. Watch our video…. do you agree?!