This week, the Imagineers are thinking about loneliness. Being lonely is something that most people will experience at some point, but if it happens a lot it can negatively impact on a child’s mental health and they could become vulnerable.
‘A child can lonely because their parent as died, or works lots or off-shore.’
‘When it rains, a child could become lonely because they are not allowed out to play with their friends and they have nothing to do.’
‘A child would be lonely if they ask their friends to play and they say no.’
‘If they feel someone doesn’t love them, the child could become lonely.’
‘If you are lonely you would feel depressed, upset and angry. You would cry and your body might be sore. If someone says you can’t play, you would fight them.’
The Imagineers ideas for helping a child overcome loneliness all involve including and spending time with the child and doing something fun or relaxing together.
The Parliament peeps were asked to think of things that might help children at Manor Park when they don’t feel ready to learn. They made comic strips to illustrate their ideas.
The Manor Park Parliament were asked to think about different children at their school.
Some children considered a ‘thriving’ child at Manor Park. This a child who is able to do their best, problem solve and have positive relationships. When faced with a challenge, the keep going and give it a shot. The children thought that a thriving child is happy, loves learning and thinking of new games. They run about with their friends, but they are confident and enjoy spending time by themselves too.
Other children considered a ‘surviving’ child at Manor Park, this is a child who only just managing, they might be at school but there are things that get in the way of them being able to do their best. The children said that a surviving child might feel like their is a storm in their head and find it hard to listen at school because they are worried. They might feel unconnected and not in the mood.
The children were asked to think of things that might help a surviving child at Manor Park.
‘Adults should listen to children, and ask them what is wrong before giving them into trouble. If a child is naughty it might be because of sadness or anger. If a child is bullying someone it might be because they feel bad and want others to feel bad too.’
If a child feels like they have a storm in their head take them outside. It smells good outside and its sunny today, that would take their mind off it.
‘When a child is sore in the head or stressed they need to get it all out so they know why they are angry. A special person should come into school and talk to them about their feelings, when you talk to someone you trust you feel safe.’
‘Help children feel listened to by listening to them every time in class.’
‘Look after children and laugh with them.’
To help the Parliament Peeps think about themselves as learners they have been introduced to some learning characters who have different learning characteristics: resilient, reflective, resourceful and relationships.
‘I’m a technical person and I like electronics. When I play Minecraft, I feel like I am in the game and I learn how to build things.’
‘I like to learn through drawing. I get distracted when people talk to me in class and like to learn in quiet places in the library.’
‘Basketball helps me to learn as I work in a team. I like helping other people to learn.’
The Manor Park Parliament created a board game, they made the board, dice, cards and invited adults in their school and community to play.
There are good cards and bad cards. On the good cards there are drawings of things that help children to be ready to learn, and on the bad cards there are things that get in the way of children being ready to learn. If you get a bad card you have to go back a space on the board.
If someone rolls a question mark on the special dice everyone has to think of solutions to one of the cards and think of ways to make the school better.
After the game the adults were asked to make a pledge, something that they will do to make Manor Park a school where all children are able to do their best.