This resource starts by asking learners to reflect on how they treat others and the things they say to someone new. A video is linked into the PowerPoint which presents a young refugee in a KS2 friendly way, and shows how kindness can make a big difference to them settling in. Learners are encouraged to develop empathy and reflect on how the characters are feeling as well as thinking about the things they would want someone to say to them if they were in that position.
Learners are then tasked with splitting into groups and complementing everyone else in the group.
This is again reflected on.
The final task is for learners to make a ‘kindness tree’ in the classroom to write kind things on the leaves each day, encouraging positivity. The tree can be made from any material appropriate to the resources available to the school.
Video linked to in PowerPoint from Amnesty International, as provided by Counterpoint Arts.
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- Found material that can form the leaves of a tree
- Plant a Seed
Area of Learning and Experience
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Expressive Art
- Health and Wellbeing
Eilidh Brailey spent most of her childhood at her local youth theatre, first as a participant and later leading workshops for younger people. She went on to devise and perform shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, helping to reinforce her view of the importance of the arts for young people. After completing her degree, Eilidh moved to Wales to complete her PGCE, training to be a primary school teacher. She recently completed this training and aims to implement creativity and creative learning in her lesson delivery to stimulate the imaginations of her pupils and help to develop their creative skills as well as promoting self-confidence.