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.
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.
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.
Bluebirds have had an exciting afternoon investigating making electricity circuits ready for their project! After making predictions, children set to work to see if they could create a circuit to make the lightbulb work! Children felt a great sense of achievement when their team made a successful illumination!
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!
Today, Bluebirds heard a verse from the Bible (Genesis 1 : 28) where God gives humans the responsibility to rule (care and look after) all the animals.
Mrs Parry showed the children a photo of her pet dog Zac and the children shared what pets they had. We also thought about the needs of our new class fishes (Dave and Shane!). This lesson enabled the children to relate the doctrine of stewardship to the care of animals
The class all contributed and created a list of everything people need to consider before deciding to get a pet.