Following the assembly by the NSPCC last week, they returned to school to do a session with Year 6, considering different forms of abuse.
During the session, the children considered a variety of scenarios and justified their opinions whether they were: Always OK, Never OK or Sometimes OK.
Scenarios included: • Keeping a secret • Someone watches or touches a child when they don’t want them to • A family member gives a child a kiss goodnight • Someone send or shows a child an inappropriate film or message
The children realised that for all scenarios there are situations where they are OK and others where they are definitely Never OK, and showed excellent understanding of what to do if ever they encountered a situation where it was not OK.
They then progressed to considering a video of a child’s daily life – a child who was suffering from Neglect – showing real empathy for the boy (Guy) understanding the emotions he must feel and the challenges he faces in his life.
Fortunately, Guy sought out help calling the NSPCC and speaking to a trusted adult in school. He and his family got help and, in time, his life did get better.
They discussed their ideas of what it meant, talking about working together, ensuring there is no war, hatred or fights.
We looked at the story of Noah and how in Christianity, the story is told as God asking Noah to unite the people and follow his commandments. As the people didn’t, God sent rain for 40 days and 40 nights resulting in only Noah and his family being saved from the flood.
Year 6 then discussed Jainism, the oldest Indian language, older than Hinduism. It taught unity and harmony and as with all other religions- it taught forgiveness. A huge emphasis is put on forgiveness and the class discussed why.
“It makes you feel better.” “To forgive means you keep your friends.”
In Jainism they used forgiveness circles and the class used this concept to research some forgiveness quotes. It turned out that the children were inspired to write their own!