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The Importance of Buddies to Help Us Improve

06 March 2014

Another book related post for World Book Day! Year 1 have been making 'Story Sacks' inspired by visiting author Neil Griffiths, and have been working with their Buddies to help improve their work.

Children’s author Neil Griffiths is visiting our school in March to run workshops with the children in primary and the students in 1U decided to do a little research before his visit so they were prepared. They found out that he popularised “Story Sacks”.

A story sack is a bag with a book, puppets for all the characters and other fun activities related to the book inside. Max Rubio-Jones from 1U had the great idea for the class to make their own story sacks for the Little Mermaid which they are learning about in their fairy-tale unit. They will then have something to take home with them after their fairy-tale day as well as something to show Neil Griffiths how much he has inspired them when he comes to visit.

The children in the class have started their story sacks and have been collaborating with their buddies to get ideas on how to improve their work and the progress they are making is outstanding.

The purpose of buddies is to help everyone improve. 1U’s teacher Miss McMullen explains the importance of having buddies and the value they have:

“Our buddies help us get better. It’s quite common for children (and adults!) to hate making mistakes, and not push themselves as far and achieve as much as they could because if we do try something new we might make a mistake. We’ve been focussing on finding our mistakes and on using them to make our work better, with more independence from the teacher. We looked at the story of Austin’s butterfly to inspire us and to help us figure out how to give our buddies advice that was kind and helpful.”

The children in 1U are enjoying making their story sacks and working with their buddies to make them the best they can be:

“I didn’t know I could draw this well. I feel good.” - Pauli

“My characters are so pretty! They are all heros.” - SuJin

“In my first drawing there were lots of little white bits, but Maxine helped to show me her technique for using the pastels better.” - Anna


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