As part of our Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) program this week, we have been heavily involved in learning what to do when someone does something we don’t like. It is extremely important for children to know what to do when there is conflict and it is a vital life skill. We will always be faced with difficult situations in school, work and home and it is a real test of a person to not only know the right thing to do, but to do the right thing. These people have integrity and it is why it is such an important part of our Aide Memoire.
We have been following many of the activities from the UK Anti-bullying week, which took place in the UK last week, in order to understand how we can be good friends and also report when things are not going well. The theme is ‘Make Some Noise’ which simply means speak up. One of the highlights was watching the children use the loud hailer in the playground to say something nice, bringing a lot of extra smiles when people were complimented. This was inspired by a YouTube clip where a podium was set up in New York and random members of the public made strangers feel good with their words. Being positive and knowing how your words and actions make others feel is a big part of growing up and maturing.
In EYFS and with some of the younger primary children, they shared the story of ‘Topsy and Tim help a friend’ by Jean and Gareth Adamson. It is a lovely story that you can watch and share using this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzyKZz2fhdUXR1FDeHo4OXpjYnc/view?usp=sharing The older children have been learning more about cyber bullying especially through social media. They have also been carefully considering the feelings and what might be happening on the inside and outside if you are being bullied. Bullying is not just one single action but a repeated behaviour and it is important not to confuse the two.
Over the next two weeks you will all be in school for your parent teacher conference so do look at the displays around school which will show the children’s learning from this week. All these messages are to promote a positive learning environment that is always safe for your children – we think this is a real strength of our school but it is important to keep helping the children to be good friends and reminding them how to help themselves and each other.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary