Category Archives: Circle Time

Discussing courage and the Grenfell Tower fire

Our value word this month is courage.

Robins watched the official video and song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which has been produced by Simon Cowell and famous pop stars, to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower.

The children had all heard about the fire on the news and were asked who showed courage (our value word for June) in this terrible tragedy.

Robins thought about other qualities and values that people had shown because they had donated lots of clothes and toys to the survivors who had nothing left at all.

These included caring, love, friendship and hope.

Discussing our value word – Perseverance

Robins have been looking at examples of perseverance.

Mrs Parry showed the children footage from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona when Derek Redmond tore his ham string. He persevered as he was so determined to finish the race. He had been the favourite to finish. His Dad walked part of the way to support him as he was in tremendous pain.

Mrs Sargant showed the children coverage of this year’s London Marathon. The fastest man and woman completed it in just over two hours. Patrick Bardon took five days to finish the 26 mile marathon. He has cerebral palsy and wanted to raise money for the charity.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-39753139/man-with-cerebral-palsy-finishes-marathon

The symptoms of cerebral palsy aren’t usually obvious just after a baby is born. They normally become noticeable during the first two or three years of a child’s life.

Symptoms can include:
•delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by eight months or not walking by 18 months
•seeming too stiff or too floppy
•weak arms or legs
•fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
•random, uncontrolled movements
•walking on tip-toes
•a range of other problems – such as swallowing difficulties, speaking problems, vision problems and learning disabilities

The severity of symptoms can vary significantly. Some people only have minor problems, while others may be severely disabled.

Discussing our value word – Honesty

The value word for March is honesty, Mrs Sargant asked in circle time what honesty means to Robins:

Kieran – telling the truth.
Kaicie – admitting you’re wrong.

Robins then heard the story about ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’.

Then Mrs Sargant asked why should you always be honest?

Cara – If you lie all the time no-one will believe you when you’re telling the truth.

Robins agreed honesty is the best policy.

Being an “upstander”

This week Year 4 Robins have been taking part in Safer Internet Week with alot of learning through lessons and assemblies.

Today Robins discussed their understanding and thought of examples of what a bystander is. Afterwards, they learnt all about being an “upstander” and discussed how to be one.

In groups they looked at some examples of scenarios which could occur using technology such as text conversations and forwarding of photos and emojis. Children learnt how upstanders deal with situations positively.

Mrs Knipe came into class at the end of the session and Sophie Memory explained to her what the class had learnt.

Critical thinkers

Robins were critical thinkers today when they were given the question “What would happen if it snowed every day?”

The class brain stormed their ideas about the positives, negatives, any questions, other comments and observations.

There were lots of interesting discussions and really thoughtful ideas shared.

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Discussing tolerance

During circle time with Mrs Sargant today, We discussed this month’s value word ‘tolerance’.

Robins were asked what they thought tolerance means:

Katie – To respect other peoples behaviour
Shayla – To respect peoples beliefs
Cara – To put up with things that others do or say

They were then asked when they had shown tolerance.

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