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.

The Development of Circle Time

The development of circle time

Circle Time will give class groups practice at being assertive instead of aggressive and experience of feelings of respect and acceptance from one another. It will help them have a more receptive and caring attitude to each other. It will also encourage increased personal responsibility for behaviour.

It is at this point that the teacher will be able to move the class into becoming a group that is ready to be more autonomous and make decisions for themselves. Problems and concerns can be brought to the group for discussion and resolution.

If Circle Time is used regularly and children are encouraged by the teacher to work non-judgementally and to listen with respect to one another, considerable trust as ...

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