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.

Introducing Games

Introducing games

These games help children use their own names and names of classmates.

They encourage a positive group feeling and help develop self-esteem and awareness of peers.

My Name and Variations

Aim: Encourages the development of the ability to say one's own name confidently and publicly, taking turns and self-awareness.

Game 1

For the very young ones (three to five years) the facilitator starts by saying, ‘My name is…’ and then encourages each child in the circle to say their name in turn around the circle using the whole sentence.

Game 2

The facilitator starts by saying, ‘My name is Miss Jones.’ The first student to her right says, ‘My name is John and this is Miss Jones.’ This process is continued around the circle until each person has ...

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