The purpose of this session was for the Imagineers to share key messages from the investigations they believe children need addressed by adults to tackle the impact of poverty.
Two of our Champions, Tracy Davis (Child Health Commissioner – NHS Grampian) and Alison Cameron (Partnership Project Development Manager – Unicef Child Friendly Cities Aberdeen) were invited to listen to the children and discuss their ideas for how this could be made possible for every child in Aberdeen.
This session is concerned with introducing children to the concept of equity. We start from a discussion about fairness and we move towards our places of learning – when/ where do we feel welcome and treated fairly. What are the barriers that can get in the way of this happening?
This is The Imagineers map of “Fairness Island” a place where all children are treated fairly and feel welcome.
The Manor Park Parliament have been working hard all year, thinking about things that make their school a happy, healthy and safe place for all children. As well as the things that get in the way of children being ready to learn and do their best at school.
At the end of term the children invited the teachers in the school to hear their ideas and share the learning and teaching policy they have made for the school.
The purpose of this session was for the Imagineers to begin to think about what helps them and other children to learn and things that might get in the way of a child being able to learn.
Things they identified that help children learn:
“Learning in an exciting and inspiring way.”
“Getting lots of friends that support you.”
“Getting brain breaks.”
Things that might get in the way:
“Bullies who lower your confidence and affect people’s learning”
“Not getting enough sleep”
“A strict teacher that lowers confidence”
During the summer break Imagineers who are making the “leap” from primary school to secondary school met up to discuss the transition.
The purpose of the session was to get the children to think about the skills and qualities they have learned at primary school and what they will be talking with them into secondary school.
It also allowed them to discuss ways that the school make them feel welcome and talk about any worries they wanted to share about starting secondary.
“We made cool frog hats, jumped across Lillie pads thinking about what we are looking forward to and worried about going to Northfield, and thinking about how some things in primary that we will take to Northfield”
“It was fun being frogs, we spoke about going to academy, skills and qualities we will bring with us to academy.”
“It was good when we wrote down our worries on Lillie pads, I liked scrunching them up because it was therapeutic.”
“I liked that we all took part in the activity today. It was fun when we played together at the park.”
The purpose of this session was to get the children to consider the places and spaces within their communities where they learn, and think about what sort of things they can learn there.
The children showed that both indoor and outdoor spaces are important for them to learn, and identified people who are important in their lives and how they help them to do their best. And what gets in the way of this.
How do adults help children do their best?
“They help us to learn and read.”
“By talking to us.”
“Help us to do stuff.”
“Let them play games if they have been chucked out of other games and help each other.”
In the community what gets in the way of a child being able to do their best?
“Parents being drunk”
“Dogs running after you and trying to eat you alive”
“People interrupting us.”
“People shouting, being rude or being a nuisance.”
“People who are drunk, because they don’t listen.”
Later in the year the Parliament Peeps will be meeting with Gayle Gorman and the Education Scotland team. They will be sharing the Learning and Teaching, and Relationship policies the Manor Park Parliament have written and introduced in their school!
Children’s Parliament have been working with the Parliament Peeps, a group of P6 children at Manor Park. At the end of term we celebrated all their great work by gifting them with Praise Poems. Praise Poems are used in different cultures around the world. Here in Scotland it was the poetry of the Filidh bards who wrote poems to honour Kings and Chieftains, Heroes and Heroines.
The Manor Park Parliament have been working hard all year, thinking about things that make their school a happy, healthy and safe place for all children. As well as the things that get in the way of children being ready to learn and do their best.
At the end of term the children invited the PSA’s in the school to hear their ideas and share the Relationships Policy they have made for their school.
This year the Manor Park Parliament have invited adults from their school and community to hear what they need to make the school a happy place where children are ready to learn.
Each adult made a pledge in response to what they heard the children say. The pledges were things they will change, do more often or remember in the future. A book of these pledges will be left at Manor Park for the Manor Park Parliament to follow up on next term!
Here are some of the pledges the adults at Manor Park made: