Mental Health and Well-Being
Let’s Think; Let’s Talk
CRC Article 12 – Every child has the right to have their voice heard.
At Timothy Hackworth Primary School, we aim to nurture and develop our pupils to have the ability to become eloquent, active and interested citizens of their local communities, their country and the wider world. As part of our work to achieve this, we have introduced the, ‘Let’s Think; Let’s Talk’ initiative. ‘Let’s Think; Let’s Talk’ provides a platform for pupils, to access and discuss current affairs on an international scale.
In each session, we consider a key question based on a recent news story. We actively work to directly teach children how to express their opinions and thoughts verbally, to challenge each other and to summarise their arguments using key discussion vocabulary and phrases. As a Rights Respecting School, we focus on each child’s right to an opinion, and the right to be listened to, (Article 12), using our class pupil voice charters as an agreed method of respecting each others’ views, and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to share.
During each lesson, the children have the chance to reflect, listen, speak and form their own opinions. Our priority is to give pupils the chance to talk with purpose, improve oracy skills, expand vocabulary and raise their awareness of the wider world in which they live.
In addition to this, we spend time considering how the story links to key British Values, empowering pupils for their future as citizens of Britain and the world. We carefully select questions that encourage the growth of social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding, with our Rights Respecting values at the centre.
‘Let’s Think; Let’s Talk’ has also proven to be an excellent platform to develop international mindedness; we focus on the location(s) of each news story, and, as a result, our pupils will develop their geographical and global knowledge. Pupils also explore the context of each news story, therefore, diving deeper into the culture and context of the events that they explore.
‘Let’s Think; Let’s Talk’ has proven to be a much enjoyed and anticipated lesson within our curriculum. It has provided fantastic opportunities for debate and discussion and the positive impact on the eloquence and oracy of our pupils is evident in their growth as confident communicators.
- Lesson 1 – The right to say whatever we choose The right to say whatever we choose KS1 The right to say whatever we choose KS2
- Lesson 2 – What Make’s Us Unique Ks1 What makes us unique KS2 What makes us unique
- Lesson 3 – How might your life be different if you weren’t able to go to school? Ks1 Education KS2 Education
- Lesson 1 – Picture News Djokovic’s victory
- Lesson 2 – British Sign Language KS1 Should we all learn BSL KS2 Should we all learn BSL
- Lesson 3 – Future Cities Future Cities KS1 Future Cities KS2 Black Book Bubbles
- Lesson 4 – Bravery Bravery KS1 Bravery KS2
This term, as part of Picture News’ national Christmas Campaign, we have ‘Shared the Light’ within our community. Children spent time responding to a beautiful festive image by illustrator Lucy Burvant. The image provoked discussions around the loneliness and sadness some people may face over the festive period. Our children showed their excellent empathy and understanding and created positive and encouraging messages within their lamps. They then took their lamps home to display in their windows, sharing the light across their home town, Shildon. Selected messages were shared with Shildon Alive, to be distributed as a part of their festive food parcels. We hope the messages created by the children work to spread the light and cheer this Christmas.
Further information can be found here: Share the Light Powerpoint
Show Racism the Red Card
Recently, Year 5 were very lucky to take part in a Show Racism the Red Card workshop. As part of the workshop, we discussed some very important situations. We explored the meaning and importance of avoiding stereotyping. We discussed appropriate and inappropriate vocabulary so that we know how to respect everyone’s nationality and culture.
We had a wonderful morning and feel that we can now help educate others to support Show Racism The Red Card.
‘I would just like to say what an absolute pleasure it was delivering in your school yesterday. The staff were so accommodating and the pupils were polite and engaged. They came up with fantastic answers and really insightful questions too.’
At Timothy Hackworth Primary School, we share and celebrate ‘British Values’ with all of our children and staff as part of our Rights Respecting School ethos.
We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and the world.
Please visit our ‘Assemblies’ section to see how we have shared the values of being British with our school family.
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