Te Ara Angitu are a hub of Years 5 and 6 students from Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. We have 56 students, two teachers and one teacher aide. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
To finish our week of focusing on the value of Use Kind Words and Actions, we watched a YouTube clip from an old favourite, Kid President. In this clip, he lists 20 things we should say more often. (The patero part got a few laughs).
We then created a list of some of the things we think we should say more often and students chose their top five to record in their Topics books.
Our next step is to create opportunities to say these things to each other.
In our discussions about using kind words and actions, we viewed the story, The Golden Rule.
From viewing this book, we had a discussion about what it means to treat others the way you want to be treated. Our discussion went into the ways we don’t like being treated and how this can help us to remember not to treat others in these ways.
The main part of our discussion was about name-calling. We shared some really upsetting things about the names that we have been called throughout our lives. It was really sad hearing what people have been called and we could all empathise with how name-calling makes us feel.
We are going to make an effort to make sure we are not the ones to be hurting each other.
This is a list of ways we don’t like to be treated:
Our Values focus for this week has been Using Kind Words and Actions. One part that we focused on has been giving people compliments. We came up with some examples and then wrote compliments to people in our hub. We also tried to make someone’s day by making compliment cards for other people in our school and someone at home.
For one of our beginning-of-the-year class activities, we used Fresh Fish Stinky Fish to identify and discuss the things that help and the thongs that hinder our learning. We included things that make us feel low, impacting how we learn.
Our focus with this task is to ensure we are aware of what we do to have the best possible opportunities at school and beyond.
These are the thoughts we recorded after a Think, Pair, Share activity.