It was national Anti-Bullying week so a lot of our learning at nursery was based on helping us to think, talk about and understand about how we treat others and what effect this has on them and to appropriately support the children to recognise when others are being treated badly or bullied. We watched a very old Disney film version of The Ugly Duckling story which had music and no words. It was a great way to begin to talk to the children about kind and unkind behaviour and to help us to think about how other people are feeling and the effects that our behaviour has on them. The children were great at making the links and fantastic at describing what was happening, what the characters were doing and how they were feeling. We made a book of the story so that we could revisit it in nursery too.
We shared a number of other stories too about friendships and what it meant to be a good friend and learned a sign for kind and friend.
This type of learning forms a key part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) curriculum which helps our children to think and talk about their own and others needs, feelings and safety which is a key priority for us at nursery. It also supports children with their learning about their right to choose friends and express their ideas as long as they are not harmful to others (UNCRC A13) and gives them the opportunity to discuss what it means to be a good friend and how we should treat other people which is a very important part of our safeguarding curriculum as it links to their understanding of relationships.
On Friday it was BBC Children in Need and staff and children enjoyed dressing in spots or making spotty things at nursery. We had a great time with special activities to support our learning about Children in Need and raise money for the charity day. We looked at lots of pictures and talked about 'Children in Need' or 'Pudsey Day' We talked about every child’s right to have their needs met explaining to the children that this meant a safe place to live, warm clothes, healthy food and water to drink for example. We talked about how not every child in the world had all these things and that the money we raised today would help supports children who are less fortunate than us, helping them to have a happier and better life.
As a Rights Respecting School we use these activities and discussions to help our children to learn about the rights of every child and understand that some children are less fortunate than others, do not have their needs met and need some help. It highlights to our children the importance of giving, helping others and being kind to other people which is a valuable part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)