On Thursday, Bluebirds thought about what makes them angry. Many of the answers were about irritating siblings, not sharing toys or if someone cheats and it is unfair in a game. They talked about how they feel inside and what they look like. After they shared ideas about what to do to help feelings of anger.
Ava – Stand up for other people if they need help. Paige – Remind other children about this anti-bullying week. Blessed – Use Peacemakers more. Jake – Hold doors for people to be polite. Ibrahim – Smile at people and hopefully make them smile. Tell a joke! Dylan – Make sure I am always fair. Millie – Stick up for others and look after them. Lexi – Look out for people by themselves and get together with them.
Lexi – Everyone should get a chance to do everything. Dylan – A school rule about being fair with others should be added. Seth – “Be Fair” should be added to our school rules. Jessica – You should show people that you care and encourage them to do the same. Be a role model so others do the same as you. Paige – We could stay indoors and play games indoors at break with friends. Millie – Give people a hug, as if they’re alright or need help. Blessed – Everyone should try hard to use their manners. Havana – Pupils should be polite and use the Behaviours for Learning. Tanatswa – Pupils should use the blue bench and talk to others who are sat there alone. Ibrahim – Pupils should try smiling at each other and be thankful and happy
Mrs Parry asked Bluebirds, What does the school already do to stop bullying and ensure all children are happy and safe?” The class discussed the meaning of feeling safe which includes both physical safety and also emotional safety (how we feel inside…..nervous, worried, sad, anxious, lonely etc).
Bluebirds have been busy learning all about Nelson Mandela today and finding out why he is so significant in history.
Frankie – He retired in 1999 Jacinta – Nelson was in prison for 27 years. Millie – it wasn’t fair for people to be separated because of their skin colour. Blessed – He stood up to the government and was sent to prison. Ryan – He died on 5th Dec 2013 with a lung illness. Amaya – I think it’s good he stood up for black people else this could still be happening in the world now. Havana – He went to university to be a lawyer. Dylan – It was brilliant because it was really unfair for black people. Lexi – I think it’s rally unfair he went to prison because when was just standing up for the rights of black people.
Bluebirds talked about knowing the difference between right and wrong and thought about why this needs to happen in school. We shared examples of problems we had experienced and also considered what we have to help us in school. We talked about the importance of Peacemakers. Mrs Parry was very pleased as the class all knew the questions used in the process. The class were reminded about the “needs” cards resource we have as sometimes it is not just an apology that is needed.
Ryan – I have seen Peacemakers in action at lunch. I needed some space. Jessica – Last year, someone shouted at me. I needed space and wanted to decide for myself who I wanted to play with. Ava – When you are playing with the same thing, you want friends to share nicely. Blessed – Sometimes you just feel you want time to play alone.
We all heard the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and discussed why it is important to always be honest and tell the truth.
This week, Bluebirds talked about voting fairly to choose our school councillors for this academic year. The rules were:
1) Vote for one boy and one girl
2) Do not vote for yourself
3) Do not ask others to choose you / just choose your best friend.
4) Keep your votes private
We decided what qualities were needed as these children need to be responsible role models with good listening and communication skills. Before we voted, we checked who would not want to do the role as not everyone necessarily wants to do this job!
Mrs Parry read the class a story about a Finnish boy called Sami who was starting a new school. Afterwards, Bluebird considered all his different feelings throughout the story. The children each had a feeling word which they held up at the relevant part of the story to show their understanding of his feelings.
Lily, Lexi and Blessed shared with the class how they felt when they joined Bells Farm. They were also excited at the start and felt a bit anxious and nervous. They were glad they were made to feel welcome by the other class members and could remember who was their special friend, assigned to look after them during their first few days, whilst they settled in.
Today, Bluebirds learnt that everyone has at least one gift or talent they are particularly good at. All the children shared together what their gift or talent was. Mrs Parry showed the children some novelty birthday cakes she had decorated!
Here are some of the gifts and talents in our class:
Afterwards, the children played a quick game matching animals to their talents and how they used it to help them.