Today, Bluebirds shared with each other what makes them happy. They tried to explain the meaning of happy to create a definition for the dictionary!
We talked about the the key to being happy such as getting active, doing something for someone else, enjoying time with friends, taking up a hobby, valuing family, counting our blessings, looking for positives, enjoying our hopes and dreams but living in the present, valuing our faith and learning to let go of resentment and regrets. We also discussed opinions about the statement “Money can buy you happiness.”
Whilst the children drew their “happy place”, Mrs Parry played two songs in the background (Happy by Pharrell Williams and Happiness by Ken Dodd!). Before long, some of the children couldn’t resist some happy dancing!
Bluebirds talked about different types of families and about who to go to for help and support.
he children were asked…
What makes a family?
Do families always live together?
Are people always born into families?
Do people always live with parents or other relatives?
Are people in families always married?
Do old and young people in families live together?
This morning during check in, we talked about the fact that not everyone had enjoyed their weekend. Mrs Parry asked the children to look around the circle and check out everyones’ thumbs. Some were up, others were half way and a few were down. She explained although Christmas is an exciting time it can also be a difficult time for some people for lots of different reasons. Bluebirds decided to make an extra special effort to be nice to one another as we spend our last school week of 2018 together. Mrs Parry reminded the class that our value word for this month is thoughtfulness. Shona had made a lovely message over the weekend which ended our circle time perfectly.
Bluebirds proved to be very knowledgeable about what to do in the event of an emergency and also when you should or should not call the emergency services. The children watched an example of a child making a call for a fire engine and successfully completed a quiz together. After they all wrote a short play script of a scenario between themselves and the operator answering a 999 call.
They included which service they required, their name, telephone and address. Then they explained what the emergency was. A few examples included:
Bluebirds thought about the reasons people fall out and break friends. They talked about who can help in school and what systems we have in place. The children knew they could go to any trusted adult or the peer mediators and that we use Peacemakers.
Mrs Parry reminded the children about the “needs” cards they can use to help them think about what they need after a fall out (e.g. empathy, time, space, respect). The children got into small groups and took it in turns to become the teacher with a set of peacemaker questions to use, just like the grown ups use in school! There was some great role play!
Bluebirds considered and answered the question, “How do you know if someone’s showing you respect.” There were so many good answers we have included them all in the photo below! Well done Bluebirds.
Mrs Parry and Mrs Johnson were extremely proud of all the thoughtful comments that Bluebirds made both in the live Twitter Takeover in the playground and during the online safety film in this morning’s assembly.