Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Kindness Week
Looking after our wellbeing

This Monday was World Kindness Day and we used it as an opportunity to promote and celebrate how we are kind to each other. 

In all classes, there has been an extra push on the reasons why we should be kind to each other, recognising kindness around us and also thinking about the importance of being kind to ourselves. 

Oak Class have formed a new Kindness Squad, which will support children at lunchtimes if they need a friend to play with or want someone to talk to. They will be creating a Kindness Bench in the playground over the next couple of weeks so that children have  a place to go to if they need some extra kindness. Other members of the groups will be leading activities inside Oak Class, activities such as colouring, reading, drawing and games will be organised which will provide lots of opportunities for them to chat and share how their day is going. All of this will be under the supervision of Mrs Tulley who will keep a distant eye on things, so to allow the Kindness Squad to have some responsibility over the time and activities and also provide an atmosphere where the children can chat freely without an adult listening.

On Tuesday Hawthorn, Willow and Oak Classes all took part in a virtual workshop, run by the charity 52 Lives, all about the reason why we should be kind. It was an interactive workshop and the children were thrilled when the man leading the workshop read out their names and mentioned their answers in his commentary.   Following this the children all created someone to give to someone else to thank them for being kind or to let them know how important they are to them. They created all sorts of lovely things from kindness certificates to paper chains and thank you cards to letters and pictures. It was a lovey way to spend a morning.

As part of the PSHE in Oak Class this week they decorated some rocks with kindness messages written on them, they then hid them around the playground and the other classes tried to find them earning a house point if they did so. All involved had fun and it was a great way to keep kindness fresh in their minds whilst they were on the playground.

A new Kindness trophy was presented for the first time this week. Initially the first recipient was chosen by the staff, but subsequent children will be nominated for this half termly award by the children. They will nominate others who they feel have shown acts of kindness to them or others and the child with the most nominations will receive the award. A roll of honour will be created to show who has won the award each half term.