In assembly this week, I have been talking to the children about the value we have in school ‘valuing ourselves and others’ which although not a value in itself, it means the school can discuss with the children a whole host of personal values that come under this title such as kindness, friendship and caring.
So this week, we look at caring in particular. How do we show we care? Why should we show we care? What is visible in the world today that shows people care for each other?
The first thing the school talked about was some images I shared in assembly of hands and hearts. We tried to answer the questions: what do these symbols mean? What are they trying to show? The children immediately associated them with friendship and love. The children have the opportunity this week to create their own symbols using hands and hearts!
We also read this quote and discussed what it means for us in our own lives:
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves”.
The discussion led the school to understand that kind actions, that showing a caring nature, to one person or a group of others, can then have a knock-on effect. The person who has received care from someone else is more likely to show care to others. Another comment from the assembly was that you should be caring towards everyone, not just friends and family.
I look forward to the children creating their own caring symbols and explaining what they mean! Of course, the children will continue to care for each other, but maybe just a little bit more this week and every week afterwards!