Circle time: Getting on and falling out
13 February 2008Add to My Folder
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Explore the theme of friendship with creative circle time
This article was originally written in the context of the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), but these circle time activities could be used within PSHE education, or to address specific issues which arise in your classroom.
The three circle meetings here will help children develop a deeper understanding of the importance of friendship. Each meeting focuses on a different aspect of comradeship. The first addresses the qualities that make a good friend, while the next two investigate strategies for resolving conflict and disagreement. The meetings will widen children’s expressive vocabulary and examine their coping skills with which to deal with the ups and downs of friendship. There is an emphasis on peer advice because this gives children a strong sense of their own competency and ability to solve their own problems.
Session 1 A long thing
How to be a good friend.
Invite volunteers (or everyone) to stand in a space. Count how long they can maintain a set position, such as standing on one leg or hopping on the spot.
Ask everyone to think about something long – an animal, story, walk, piece of string. Using a speaking object, encourage them to complete this sentence: The long thing I am thinking about is (a crocodile, the Mississippi, spaghetti…).
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