Cleadon Church of England Academy

Value of the Week

 

 

 

Week 3 HOPE
Each week we will be sending an Academy Value for you to explore with your child. We do hope this will provide an opportunity to reflect on social, emotional and spiritual issues with your child, in a fun and accessible way.


The Definition of Hope
Hope is a feeling of desire and expectation that things will go well in the future and that events will turn out for the best. During the Pandemic it can feel like things will never get better, but we know that they will – this is hope. Hope is thinking about the fact that things do get better and difficult times pass by, in time.
Without hope, people would find it very difficult to deal with problems in their lives, because everyone has happy times and everyone has sad times. Everyone has times when everything goes well and we all have times when things are difficult. That is what life is about! When we have hope we know that we can get through the difficult or bad times, and that things will be better again one day.
Practical Activity to Think about Hope  Write the word HOPE in big bubble writing, now decorate each letter with things that make you feel happy. Put your HOPE on your window, to remind you and the people around you that things WILL get better!


Role Models Who Demonstrated Hope
We are finding it a bit annoying to be at home such a lot during the pandemic, but Nelson Mandela was in prison (not a comfy home like you are in) for 27 whole years. Just imagine that!! He was in prison because of his political beliefs; but he never gave up hope and eventually, after he had been through so much hardship, he would become President of South Africa!! Find out about his story by following these links – https://www.ducksters.com/biography/nelson_mandela.php https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yto4-Ft9dc Things to think and talk about  What is HOPE?  How did our Role Model demonstrate HOPE?  How have YOU shown HOPE this week?  How do you FEEL when you show HOPE (eg happy, sad, proud, cross…)  Talk about this quote! “Hope is being able to see there is light, despite all of the darkness.” (Bishop Desmond Tutu)
 

Bible References
The Christian faith has hope as one of the main values and Christians put their hope in God, as their saviour and believe that God has everything in “his hands”. There are lots of stories in the Bible about hope, but I especially like the story of Peter, one of Jesus’s disciples, who would not give up his faith in God, and his hope in God, even when he was thrown into jail. Find out what happened when Peter put his hope and trust in God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr7Udj8lEUU



And listen to this lovely song about hope and the story of Peter. https://www.friendsandheroes.com/uk/there-always-hope
Hope is not just wishful thinking, but a firm belief in God. Hope means trusting in God and His goodness. This is why Hope is called the anchor of the soul. Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13). “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Psalm 62 (verse 5)
“Yes my soul find rest in God My hope comes from Him”

Week 2 GRATITUDE/ THANKFULNESS

Each week we will be sending an Academy Value for you to explore with your child.  We do hope this will provide an opportunity to reflect on social, emotional and spiritual issues with your child.

Each week there will be 4 parts to exploring the value:

  1.  Firstly, a definition of the value for you to discuss.
  2.  Secondly, the fun part – some practical fun activities to practice the value.
  3.  Thirdly, the opportunity to learn about a Role Model who shows that value.
  4.  Fourthly, a Bible Reference to see what the Bible teaches us about the value.

The Definition of Gratitude

Because of the stresses of the Pandemic it can sometimes, understandably, feel like everything is bad and we can feel very sad and gloomy. We can forget to be grateful for the things we have and to think about the positive aspects of our lives. It can feel really difficult to think of good things too, at the moment.

By practicing Gratitude though we can start to feel a bit more positive about our lives and more content with what we have and the situation we have found ourselves in.

https://rocketkidsonline.com/tag/gratitude/

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=I%27m+thankful+each+day+stories+for+kids

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness we have when we are glad about how someone or something has helped us and made our life better whether in a big way or a small way.

We can be grateful to the people around us, who love and care for us and do lots of things for us every day.  But it is not just the actions of other people that we can be grateful for. For example, do you ever stop to think how fortunate you are to be able to just turn on a tap and enjoy clean safe drinking water? ..... Or to be able to flick a switch and have heat and light? ..... Or to have the choice of so many delicious and healthy foods?  These are all privileges that we can take for granted but should be very grateful for.

Having gratitude helps us to properly appreciate everything that we have and everything that is done for us. By understanding the value of this - and what our life would be like otherwise - we are more likely to have respect for others and a feeling of happiness with our own life; a feeling of happiness that helps us to think about how much we have in our lives rather than how little.

Practical Gratitude Challengesild, in a fun and accessible way.

  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal or Diary. Every day before you go to bed, write down, or draw, 3 things you are grateful for.
  2. Make a Gratitude Jar – Write things you are grateful for on separate pieces of paper and pop them in the jar, when you are feeling a bit sad you can take the paper out of the jar and remind yourself to be thankful!
  3. Make a Gratitude Collage – draw pictures, take photos, or cut pictures from magazines and create a collage picture of all the things that make you happy and you are thankful for. Now display your collage somewhere where you can look at it every day.
  4. Write some Thank You Notes (Or draw some Thank You pictures!) Think about all the people who help you and write a Thank You note, or draw them a picture to say thank you. (I bet the bin-men and delivery drivers would appreciate one of your thank you notes, as-well as the grown-ups who look after you).
  5. Make a Thankfulness Tree – find some twigs for your “tree” and put them in a vase. Cut out simple leaf shapes from paper or card. Write things you are thankful for each day and tie the leaves to the tree.

Role Models Who Demonstrated Gratitude

One person really stands out to me at the moment; who is an amazing role model and a real inspiration to us all. He is a person whose gratitude has led him to do a wonderful thing… I wonder if you have heard of 99 years old Captain Tom Moore – he has recently raised 15 million pounds for the National Health Service; all because of his gratitude to the doctors and nurses for the great care he received when he was in hospital. Look at part of his story here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52278746

Things to think and talk about

  • What is GRATITUDE?
  • How did our Role Model demonstrate GRATITUDE?
  • How have YOU shown GRATITUDE this week?
  • How do you FEEL when you show GRATITUDE (eg happy, sad, proud, cross…)
  • "It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy." Talk about this quote!

Bible Reference

1 Chronicles 16:34. 34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Bible teaches people to be grateful for everything they have and Christians believe that God has given them everything including their lives and the world we live in. Christians believe that God never leaves them, but is with them always, even when things are difficult.

  • I wonder what you could thank God for today?
  • Maybe you could write, or say, a short Thank-You prayer to God.
  • There are lots of other references to thanks in the Bible, maybe you could find some of them!

 

 

Week 1

RESILIENCE

Each week we will be sending an Academy Value for you to explore with your child.  We do hope this will provide an opportunity to reflect on social, emotional and spiritual issues with your child, in a fun and accessible way.

Each week there will be 4 parts to exploring the value:

  1. Firstly, a definition of the value for you to discuss.
  2. Secondly, the fun part – some practical fun activities to practice the value.
  3. Thirdly, the opportunity to learn about a Role Model who shows that value.
  4. Fourthly, a Bible Reference to see what the Bible teaches us about the value.

The Definition of Resilience 

(Please use this information and adapt for the age of your child – older children can read it themselves) “Bounce Back!” is an acronym for some of the main principles of resilience:

B – Bad times don’t last, and things get better.

O – Other people can only help if you share with them.

U – Unhelpful thinking only makes you feel worse.

N – Nobody is perfect – not you, not your friends, not your family, not anybody!

C – Concentrate on the good things in life, no matter how small.

E – Everybody suffers, everybody feels pain and experiences setbacks; they are a normal part of life.

B – Blame fairly – negative events are often a combination of things you did, things others did, and plain bad luck.

A – Accept what you can’t change and try to change what you can.

C – Catastrophizing makes things worse – don’t fall prey to believing in the worst interpretation.

K – Keep things in perspective. Even the worst moment is but one moment in life.

 

The Seven Resiliencies (This section is for KS2 Pupils)

(Adapted from Project Resilience by Steven and Sybil Wolin)

The following seven attributes describe ways you can show resiliency when facing challenges. Keep in mind that you – like most people – may show some, but not all, of these attributes/strengths when faced with difficult situations.

INSIGHT—

Having insight means asking questions of yourself, even when the questions are difficult. If you answer honestly, you can learn and move forward. Having insight helps you understand the problem and how to best solve it. Insight helps you analyse the situation from as many perspectives as you can.

INDEPENDENCE—

Showing independence means keeping a healthy distance between yourself and other people so you can think things through and do what is best for you. It also means knowing how to step away from people who seem to cause trouble or make things worse by their words or actions.

RELATIONSHIPS—

Building relationships means finding connections with people that are healthy for both of you and keeping those relationships growing.

INITIATIVE—

Taking the initiative means taking control of the problem and working to solve it. It means asking questions of yourself and answering them as honestly as you can, so you can move past a sticky situation. Sometimes people who take initiative become the leader in activities and teamwork.

CREATIVITY—

Using creativity requires that you use your imagination or resourcefulness to express your feelings, thoughts and plans in some unique way. Remember that when you make something happen, it shows resiliency of spirit and a positive attitude.

HUMOUR—

Humour is the ability to find something funny (especially yourself!) in a situation, even when things seem really bad. Humour often gives you the perspective needed to relieve tension and make a situation better

MORALITY—

Being a person of morality means knowing the difference between right and wrong and being willing to choose and stand up for what is right.

Practical Resilience Challenges

Some great Resilience Challenges from Dyson!

https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html

Follow the link to see –

Can you make a Spaghetti Bridge, a Cardboard Chair or a Marble Run?! Lots of great challenges to help your child develop some resilience in their approach to problem solving!

(Please share your photos if your child completes the challenge!)

Role Models Who Demonstrated Resilience

Why don’t you find out about a Role Model who showed RESILIENCE, there are many, many people in history and alive today, who overcame huge obstacles to achieve great things. They did not give up, but kept going “against the odds”.

When I think about Resilience I think about Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Why don’t you find out about what these Role Modes did and how they showed RESILIENCE?

You might have your own Role Model who keeps going “against the odds” and always “bounces back” from problems. They don’t have to be famous people!

Things to think and talk about

  • What is RESILIENCE?
  • How did your Role Model demonstrate RESILIENCE?
  • How have YOU shown RESILIENCE this week?
  • How do you FEEL when you show RESILIENCE (eg happy, sad, proud, cross…)

Bible Reference

In the Bible there are many stories which demonstrate the value of Resilience. Think about Noah and how he followed God’s guidance to build a huge ark, even though everyone else thought he was wrong to do so! https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=noah+and+the+ark+holy+tales

Christians believe that God is with them and that they do not have to face difficulties all by themselves, God gives them strength in the face of problems. There are lots of quotes from the Bible about resilience and I particularly like this one.

Philippians 4:13

I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.