Junior School

Kindness Challenge

12 February 2021

February is a short but very busy month with plenty to celebrate and learn about in school. Kindness is such an important part of our life at Webber and we have been encouraging a Culture of Kindness across the school particularly over the past year as we have dealt with many factors affecting our lives and the lives of young children.

Why is kindness so important?

A leading expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology specializing in education; Patty O’Grady reports that ‘Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it’.

There are so many benefits to implementing a Culture of Kindness into the children’s daily lives. Acts of kindness help to form connections and relationships with others and showing even a small act of kindness towards others helps us to improve our own sense of well-being, optimism and self-worth. Kindness is key to enhancing our own positivity and the feelings that children have inside themselves as they receive the praise and thanks from their friends and family that have been on the receiving end.

We decided to launch the Kindness Challenge across the school for the month of February and encourage the children to participate in small acts of kindness each day that help themselves and the people closest to them feel happy, positive, thankful and appreciated. The children in the Junior School have been superb with this challenge and it has been wonderful to see the photographs, videos and listen and hear from teachers about some of the acts that the children have done. Each day there is an idea of an act of kindness the children have discussed as part of their PSHCE lessons and also briefly in our morning and afternoon registration periods. In addition to the kindness ideas that the children are given we have also heard from the children of some other small acts that they have initiated at home with their friends and family.

So far we have had discussions on things that we are grateful for, the activities and tasks that the children have enjoyed and we have spoken about how we can have conversations with our family and tell them something we think they have done well. We have spent time identifying different feelings and taken time to discuss some of these emotions. Some of the children made colourful and creative Feelings Jars and we have enjoyed seeing photographs and videos of the children reading a story to their younger brother or sister or even a family pet! One class made a huge Get Well Card for one of their friends, we’ve seen letters that were sent to neighbours, friends and grandparents telling them how much they miss and love them which I am sure will make the recipients burst with love and pride. Lots of the children have also talked about helping more around the house by setting the table, helping to prepare meals, tidying up and making their own beds.

We have heard about children working together as a family to prepare Winter Warmer packs to deliver to the homeless via the charity Hand on Heart in Milton Keynes. We have also had kindness gifts that have appeared around school from a mysterious ‘Mr E’ that the children and teachers have very much appreciated. I was delighted to hear that this Act of Kindness has been passed on as some children have decided to give their little wooden gift of a hug to grandparents and elderly neighbours living on their own, with some delicious home made cakes.

These are only a few of the Acts of Kindness that we have learned about over the last week and I am looking forward to celebrating and hearing about how these acts have been delivered, rewarded and passed on to our wider Webber Family!

           

 

     

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