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Written for the busy classroom teacher, this book provides quick access to an abundance of Circle Time activities. Building on the success of the first edition, this new book retains the original edition’s clarity and ease-of-access, whilst providing more than twice as much material. It has also been updated to take account of new legislation, including Every Child Matters and The National Standard for Healthy Schools. Clear headers guide the reader to core games and appropriate themes, each with helpful hints for planning and implementation, and to assist the smooth running of the sessions. The theme section demonstrates ways of using core Circle Time activities such as ‘Sentence Completion’ and ‘Silent Statements’ to explore sensitive issues such as friendships and bullying. An important new feature is a structure to help readers understand what they should be expecting from pupils during Circle Time at each key stage. New and expanded sections on group work and the development of Circle Time are also included. This is a valuable resource for teachers, educational psychologists and youth workers, whether they are experienced Circle Time practitioners or new to the technique.

Developmental Aspects of Circle Time through Key Stages I to 3
Developmental aspects of circle time through key stages i to 3

Circle Time is developmental. The developmental progression can be identified at the first three key stages. Although regardless of age, if Circle Time is being introduced for the first time then the teacher needs to ensure that students have the Key Stage 1 skills in order to participate fully and successfully.

Key Stage I

Key Stage 1 should focus on:

  • acquiring a vocabulary:
    • how to pronounce words
    • understanding the meaning of those words
    • have a vocabulary of affirmation and feelings words that is likely to be specific to Circle Time
  • controlling impulsive or unrestrained behaviours such as calling out
  • learning to take turns and wait patiently
  • learning to focus and ...
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