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.’
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.
The Parliament Peeps were asked to think some more about teachers at Manor Park and what they can do and say to make sure everyone can do their best.
They thought these things would help:
Do more fun things – change the lessons up everyday
When children come into school in the morning, cheer them up if they aren’t feeling good.
Let children learn at their own pace and their own level.
Be clear – make a lot of sense.
This is Miss Rabbie. She like to draw and show other people how to do it. She has a space for painting and drawing. She helps children with maths and writing. She is funny.
This is Mr Cool. He is tall and red haired and not funny but very kind. He helps people if they need help. He teaches children how to be a good child by being kind.
This is Miss Weir. She’s wearing a stripy cardy and has ginger hair. She’s kind. She like to do fun things with her class. She has a pen, so it corrects all the children’s work automatically. This means she isn’t tired and not grumpy in the morning.
This is Mr Maths. He like turquoise so wears it and has a hat on, which makes him smarter. He has a special pen – when he does maths it changes so that it is different for every pupil, at their own level. He has buttons that go red when people lie. This is the only time he gets angry.
The Parliament Peeps invited children from across their school to contribute to a giant Learnometer!
The children told them what things help them to learn at Manor Park and what things get in the way. When all the different answers were gathered, the Parliament Peeps looked through them and put them in an order of the things that came up for lots of children.
Things that help children to learn were things like, teachers helping and going over things again when your struggling, when there are no bullies in your class and having music in class to help you relax.
Things that get in the way of children learning were things like people shouting in class or saying ‘I’m better than you’. Other things were people not being able to speak the same language as you and finding writing difficult.
The Imagineers held their third ‘What Kind of Aberdeen?’ workshop at Northfield Fire Station. The adults that came to our workshop work in the Police, Ambulance and Fire Services.
We told the adults about the things that get in the way of a child being healthy, happy and safe, like disputes in families, no opportunities and bad attitudes.
We made defenders of children’s rights and talked about what adults need to know, do and say to help children. Like remembering what is like to be a kid and how you feel.
The best bit was getting to go in the Fire Engine, a Police car and an Ambulance!
Last week the Imagineers held the second of their workshops ‘What Kind of Aberdeen?’ The workshop was held at Pittodrie Football Club and invited adults who work in areas of Sport and Leisure to learn about children’s rights.
In groups of adults and children we thought about the things children need to healthy, happy and safe. We talked about things that can get in the way, like not having a safe place to live or bullying.
Then we suggested things that adults can do, say and know that will help children. These are things like listening to children’s opinions, keeping the environment clean and not being afraid to ask questions and learn about children’s rights.
It was lots of fun meeting adults who work at Aberdeen Football Club as well as other adults who work with children and young people.
After the workshop we were taken on a tour of the stadium and beside the pitch and we all got photos and autographs with some of the players!
Last week the Imagineers were invited to take part in a discovery session with UNICEF and Aberdeen City Council. There were other young people there too, from the Youth Council and Torry Squad.
As a group we thought of really good things about Aberdeen that make us proud to grow up here, like living beside the beach and our families. We also talked about challenges there are in Aberdeen, like not having space in the city centre for children to play.
After that we thought about things that we want adults to know, do and say to help make Aberdeen a child friendly city. We think that adults should pay attention to their kids more than electronic devices and make sure that children are safe on the internet. It’s also important that adults are good role models and teach children about their rights.
We also think that there aren’t enough fun things for older children to do in Aberdeen. Like in doctors waiting rooms there are only toys for younger children. We would like there to be an xbox or art things to do.
Last week The Imagineers hosted their first ‘What Kind of Aberdeen’ sessions with adults at His Majesty’s.
All the adults who came work in Culture and Play and wanted to learn more about what children in Aberdeen need.
We took the adults on a journey over rocks and barriers to a city where all children are healthy, happy and safe.
Some barriers that we think can get in the way are:
We also told the adults about things that they can do to help children.
At the end we wrote kind messages to the other people in our group to take home!
It was really fun being at His Majesty’s Theatre for the workshop too. We got a special tour of the theatre and even got to go on the stage!