The skills school group at Manor Park have created a map of their school and surrounding community.
The map shows all the places children go to and the different people that use those places. The children spoke about the places they like in the school and where they live. They also added things in that aren’t as good and they would like to change.
There was also time for the children to use their imagination and add things to the map that would make the school and area the best place for children to be and to learn.
The Manor Park Parliament will be sharing their work and ideas with adults soon. The skills school children made a list of adults they would like to invite, including teachers, the police, PSA’s, the management team, the janitor and office staff.
They made invitations decorated with drawings of things that would improve the school and worked together to write this invitation:
“Join us, you are invited!
Children’s Parliament is a place where kids speak freely. We share our emotions and have fun! We help Manor Park School be a kind place and do things to make the school and playground better. It feels important to be in the Manor Park Parliament.
Adults come and learn about our work. We can teach you to stay calm and tell you what is good about our school. Never stop learning to make a place better!”
The skills school children at Manor Park School drew self portraits and thought about what kind of learners they are. They were asked who help them learn, what things that have learnt in their lives, what things they like to do and what they would like to learn.
For 2019, the children of Manor Park Parliament have come up with ideas for new year’s resolutions for the pupils and staff at their school. Will you choose any of these resolutions for 2019 and beyond?
The Skills School group discussed what might get in the way of a child being happy in the lead up to Christmas and what is so great about the festive period.
The skills school children have been thinking about who the adults are at Manor Park School. They are teachers, PSAs, dinner ladies, the janitor and the management team. The children were asked what makes a good adult at school.
‘They think about children and want to make them happy’
‘They think about everyone and are emotional’
‘They listen to children and think ‘should I challenge the kids?'”
‘They help you make friends and help when you get hurt’
‘They make funny faces so you laugh’
‘They are good at understanding you, being a role model, help you with your worries. They are good at piano and teach you different languages’
‘They helps you to do your best, encourage people to talk, help us calm down, shows us what to do, help if your being bullied and take care of you’
‘A good adult makes children laugh, enjoy school and feel safe. They make you want to come to school’
They make children feel happy and respected
A good adult should say: ‘don’t be scared to share even if your wrong’, ‘you can go and have some choosing’, ‘you go do it!’, ‘good luck with your homework’ and ‘hi, how are you?’,
A learn-o-meter is a special tool that shows what helps with learning and what can get in the way. The skills school children created one for Manor Park School.
The Skills School group were asked to think about where they learn at Manor Park School. In groups they explored the school and thought about how different parts of the school made them feel and helped with their learning.
The children went to their classrooms, the gym hall, the library and the playground and took photos with different coloured dots depending on if the place is somewhere that helps them to learn, makes them feel calm, is somewhere they like to be, or a place that they would like to change.
Afterwards the group came back together to share their experiences of different places they learn in at Manor Park. They thought about what could be better and came up with some solutions to things that get in the way of learning at school.
‘The PE hall and outside are places we like to learn because you learn active stuff and how to be fit.’
‘Our classroom needs more toys. In P1 you get lots but in P3/4 there aren’t many’
‘The space with the sofa in the corridor is a calm place to learn because there is no one around you.’
This is the Learning and Teaching group. Here are their thoughts on how they have their say about their learning at Manor Park.
‘Sometimes people like me don’t like to speak. There should be a box or something that we can write things down and the teacher can read it out.’
‘If the classroom feels like MY classroom it helps me learn. It’s MY classroom because I’m in it. I have friends. We don’t just have a say in how it looks, we get to do it too – like decorate it with polka dots.’
‘You need the right ingredients or it won’t go well. Sometimes the teacher might be stuck on something that the children could actually help with.’
‘I like to learn about boats and cars. We got to learn how boats float and draw our dream car.’
‘We get to choose in my class after we’ve done our jobs.’
‘I like to learn to make things like a pretend house.’
‘I don’t get help because I don’t talk.’
‘My class is noisy it’s hard to learn.’