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.
Games to Encourage Self-Awareness
These help all children feel really good about themselves and because classmates have contributed to each individual's good feeling, the whole class group has a positive, caring atmosphere.
Aim: Encourages the development of self-awareness, awareness of others, managing feelings, assertiveness and the ability to express feelings and opinions.
This is a useful technique to elicit views without anyone actually saying anything. A good demonstration of how to use it is in Part 2 under the activities for the Bullying theme.
As with all the activities in this book we recommend you have fun with this and become familiar with the process before it is used for a serious purpose.
The facilitator indicates an imaginary line across the circle or ...