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Conflict resolution at Northbridge - Take 5!

Becky Watson-Penhall
Becky Watson-Penhall (1 post) Kindergarten and Grade 1 Leader, Primary PSPE Leader View Profile

At Northbridge, we want all of our children to be strong, independent and compassionate people who demonstrate our ‘caring hearts, ambitious minds’ philosophy. Sometimes in daily life, problems and conflicts arise, and we want our children to be equipped to deal with these situations fairly and peacefully.

Conflict Resolution

What is conflict?

Conflict is any situation where people do not agree. Conflicts will look and sound different at different ages and in different situations. 

Conflict is not necessarily a bad thing! Sometimes, it can lead to new perspectives and a deeper understanding of someone else’s point of view. We hope to show our children that it is normal and natural for disagreements to arise, but we must always deal with conflict in a caring and principled manner. 

If we can support our children to resolve conflicts fairly and equally now, imagine what they can achieve later in life!

Conflict Resolution

What do we do when conflict arises?

We ‘Take 5’! Take 5 is an initiative that we promote in school. It encourages children to listen to each other and discuss disagreements. 

If we as a school have a common language, children can resolve conflicts with whomever they are with, as well as supporting others to resolve difficulties or problems. 

Conflict Resolution

What are the ‘Take 5’ steps?

  1. Stop!
  2. Cool down. Take a moment to calm down and prepare to talk. Maybe take some deep breaths or have a drink of water. 
  3. I talk, you talk. Listen carefully and speak clearly and calmly. 
  4. Take responsibility. Take responsibility for your own actions, and apologise when necessary. Although it can be easy sometimes, try not to blame. 
  5. Find a win-win. Come to a conclusion where both people are happy.
Conflict Resolution

How can parents support at home?

  • Model good conflict resolution with your family. 
  • Talk to your child about conflicts that have happened that day. You may ask, “Can you tell me about any conflicts you resolved today?” or “Can you tell me about any conflicts that weren’t resolved today?”
  • Try using these ‘Take 5’ steps to resolve conflicts between siblings
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