This week, I hosted the second in a series of assemblies in school all about behaviour and kindness in school. In order to keep you in the loop with some of the messages I'm giving to children, I will be summarising the content of these assemblies in the newsletter.
While the theme of last week's assembly was '100% Respect, 100% of the time', this week was all about 'thinking about each other'.
I encouraged the children to think about when they have felt hurt on the outside and when they might have felt hurt on the inside.
To stop people from being hurt on the outside, we take health and safety measures to minimise risks: we remove trip hazards, we ensure that all equipment is in good working order, amongst much else! However, when we do fall over in the playground, or hurt ourselves in some other way, this is easy to see and usually easy to fix; a trip to First Aid often does the job!
However, when someone feels hurt on the inside we don't always see this, and it isn't always obvious. Some people might put on a brave face; others might become visibly upset. We thought about how we might help someone when they feel hurt on the inside: we can be supportive, caring, and use kind words to help someone feel better.
To stop people from becoming hurt on the inside to begin with, we can think about how we speak to each other, the words we use, and the impact they might have.
The children seemed to engage really well with this message, and I'm looking forward to next week!