Category Archives: Circle Time

Our expectations in Year 3

Bluebirds have made a smooth transition into Key Stage 2 and have settled well into their new class. Mrs Parry asked the class to make a list of adjectives to describe their ideal, perfect teacher.
A huge class list was compiled which included being honest, kind, hardworking, approachable, helpful, funny (sense of humour!), clever, caring, considerate, enthusiastic, cheerful, happy, friendly, calm, respectful, focused, responsible, prepared and neat. Being fit, athletic and a gymnast was also requested by the children! They also wanted a teacher that would keep them safe, be a good listener and avoid shouting.

Afterwards, Mrs Parry showed Bluebirds a list they had made with her on transition day about what qualities a “good class mate” should have. Interestingly, we discovered the list had many of the same adjectives the children thought an ideal teacher should be such as, kind, helpful, caring, polite, nice, respectful and honest. Bluebirds had also noted a good class mate should listen to you, comfort you, be patient, kind and cheer you up. We soon realised that these desired qualities are what we all want each other to have, regardless of whether we are the teacher or the pupil!

Next, we talked about the whole school rules to make sure everybody understood them and was clear about the behaviour expected at Bells Farm. Mrs Parry explained the Behaviour chart and cards to the class and also discussed how good behaviour and achievement is recognised and rewarded. Thoughtfully, Bluebirds worked hard on writing their own list of classroom rules which we have all agreed to follow.

An excellent start Bluebirds – keep up the good work!

Joining in Groups

Mrs Parry explained how people can be stronger when they are in a group rather than being alone.

Bluebirds considered the purpose of groups both in society and in their own lives. The children thought about how there can be good groups of people that strive to become better at a common interest, or those work together for a good cause. Then they talked about bad groups like rival gangs on streets etc. We talked about how people can feel if they are not included or allowed to join a group for example, on the playground (upset, miserable, hurt, angry and upset).

Sometimes groups can interlink whereby children are in more than one of the same group such as Lexi and Joey who are in both Art club and Computing club at school.

Here are some groups the children are in:

Discussing our value word – Honesty

In Circle time, Bluebirds discussed our value word of honesty. Mrs Parry invited the class to share their views and opinions together.

What does honesty mean to you?
Kiall – You should tell the truth.
Demi – Do not lie.
Ruby L – Always say what really happened.
Huey – Always tell the truth.

Why is honesty important?
Katerina – It’s important to be honest if you don’t understand your school work so the teacher knows to help you.
Chandler – If you lie no one will believe you.
Joey – If you aren’t honest you will be in trouble and told off.
Evie – If you don’t tell the truth people won’t know how you feel.
Kennie – It is wrong to lie.

Do you think people are honest enough?
Kezi- Most people are but when adults get into trouble they could end up in prison.
Sumaiya – It would be best if all people were always honest.
Amber – Not enough people are. It should be everyone!

Should we always be honest? Why – explain your reasons?
Melissa – Always be honest else no one will trust you.
Naly – If there were no liars it would be an even better school!
Brooke – You should else you could end up with a yellow card for lying.

What are some examples of dishonesty you really dislike?
Megan – I don’t like it when someone lies and then later tells the teacher the truth (a different story) because I don’t know who to believe.
Sophia – You lose trust in people.

What are some examples of honesty that you especially appreciate?
Sophie – I like to hear the truth and know people are consistently honest.
Lexi – You don’t get into trouble when you tell the truth.
Brooke – I like people who tell the truth.

Has someone ever been dishonest with you and how did it make you feel?
Pheobe – I feel sad because someone has lied to me. I feel let down.
Katie – Spreading rumours is upsetting as it is lying.
Harry – I feel angry if someone lies to me.
Cory – I feel cross because it is wrong.
Rubi – I am upset if I’m lied to. They shouldn’t do it.
Elliott – I am unhappy if someone lies to me.

Online chat and games

Bluebirds talked about friends they chat to or play games with online.

Next, they considered who are real/true friends and listed the qualities a good friend should have.
Children thought about what people can say or do on-line to feel good or happy such as sharing funny photos, liking and commenting on photos or posts and meeting up in games together.

After that, Bluebirds looked at a scenario where Jo had posted what she thought, was a funny photo of her friend. However her friend found it embarrassing and was even more upset to find out another person had shared it. The children considered how each party was affected and how it could be rectified.

Conflict resolution

Bluebirds discussed conflict resolution during a circle time today. They talked about the meaning of the words and how they could apply this to daily life within school.

Children considered how to avoid making matters worse by becoming physical or shouting, try to be in the “other person’s shoes (imagine how they feel), avoid putting the other person down and blaming them, listen to each other’s view without interrupting (active listening!). The children thought about who could help to solve conflict in school.

The children realised how important talking together really is, especially when they heard the story of the Two Ladies and a Lemon!

Our own bank accounts

Bluebirds had a special visitor today called Sandra Howes who works for HSBC.

She came to explain that the children were now old enough to have their own bank account to save money in. The children talked about things they would buy if they could afford them…

If children wish to open an account they need to complete an application and open the account with £10. They will get a free mini safe savings box with a combination lock!

They are able to go to the library at 8.50am on Mondays.