Listening Skills - essential to positive
circletime. Throughout the round children need
to give full attention to each person as they have their turn.
Paired listening - turn to a partner and have one or two minutes to act as
speaker and then listener. In the round say one thing you have learned
about your partner.
* Hand round one sentence completion card for
children to complete if they want to. Everyone listens and focusses on
each person in turn.
* A story round - start of a story about an object
(a toy bear, a crystal, a magic stone etc.). As the object is handed on
each person adds a sentence to the story. No pressure to speak but a
requirement to attend and listen.
4. A Supportive Group - this creates a safe environment to deal with more
challenging issues and has a major effect on the ethos of the
* The friendly circle - pass round
the hand of friendship, the magic touch, a hug or a back rub. This creates
a friendly circle. Start * ‘Special Time’. (see below & free
* Say one positive thing about your neighbour.
* Build a
positive profile for one person. Record positive comments for that person
* Build a language for affirmation. Think about snowball words
and glow words for melting them away. Brainstorm put downs and
* Book-making. The books can be made in circletime with
the teacher acting as ‘scribe’. ‘How to make a friendly circle’, ‘How to
make a happy class’ .... etc.
5. Sharing - thoughts, ideas and feelings.
* Use cards that show ‘feelings faces’. Children choose
a card to show how they are feeling. Next, those who want to can say more
about their feeling. Avoid making value judgements about any feeling. Just
accept each one.
* Brainstorm children’s ideas about any issue that
* Set personal goals and make ‘I will....’
statements. Review in a later circletime.
* Discuss friendship -
qualities of friendship, ways of building positive
Circle Games - Elephant and Palm Tree, Safe
Circle, Pass the Person, Lap Roll, Spot the Leader. (See Links’ ‘
Co-operative and Circletime Games’ book)
7. School Citizenship. Brainstorm, vote on issues.
Formulate class and playground rules. Review the rules. Think about
bullying and mediation skills. Think about the burdens and benefits of any
action. Does your goal or choice work for you but harm somebody
Citizenship - Looking outwards towards the
wider community. Children who have experienced school citizenship are
better equipped to understand interdependence and global responsibility.
Vote on issues and engaging in ‘plan, do review on issues of concern.
9. The Closing Circle After each circletime it is helpful to end with a closing
circle to finish with a reflection or activity to create a positive and
calm state of mind.
*For more details on
circletime and ‘special time’ see ‘The Co-operative Classroom’ pack and
our ‘Circletime Resource Kits’ of laminated cards and ideas.