In Circle Time, children gave a rating of how how they felt from 1 – 5 (1 if not great/unhappy, 3 is ok/fine and 5 being fantastic!). We discussed recent listening difficulties in class such as talking when an adult is, interrupting each other and generally talking too much when we should be working. Mrs Parry then asked the class to look around the circle and choose another pupil they thought was a good speaker and one that was a good listener. Each child name someone and explained their reason why. Some children were surprised their names were mentioned whilst others felt quite pleased and flattered.
Good listeners – Amelia, Harley, Frankie, Kai, Callum C, Nashe, Moharnab, Leo, Taya Shona and Nathan. Some of these are good listeners as friends and talk partners whilst some were mentioned for knowing what to do as they have listened to instructions carefully from the teacher.
Some children were the same people were named by several people. Shona was mentioned three times as she listens carefully to both her friends and also instructions from an adult. She also explains things to other pupils well and always knows what to do. Lewis listens carefully as he knows all the answers and can explain what to do to others. Amelia can always be seen showing active listening and always knows what to do. Kaiden also explains to others what to do when they are stuck which shows he has listened. Taya is good at explaining things in different ways to help people understand if they are having trouble. Callum Cornfield helps children back at the table if they need reminding what to do and is also a great maths partner to Ke Xin. Moharnab helps people if they are stuck as he can explain his thinking and always listens on the carpet so he always knows what to do.
Mrs Parry reminded the children who had said they were not great or unhappy this morning, to think about talking to the good listeners in class today if they felt they needed someone. She also reminded good listeners and good speakers to keep an eye out to help any friends that might need someone to talk to today.