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South Borough Observes A One Minute Silence

26/05/17

Just before 11 am yesterday, Nursery and Reception pupils, including staff, went outside and held hands around the tree in unison.

We talked about one person who had an unkind heart and did the wrong thing. 

We highlighted that there were many kind people who made the right choices and helped those that were hurt and kept them safe. 

Superheroes that we have been learning about recently went to help. Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Ambulance Crew came to the rescue, in addition to the general public who handed out cups of tea, offered lifts home, prepared food and offered somewhere safe to stay. Some are currently fundraising for families and friends.

At 11 am, the bell rang to signal the start of the one minute silence. Pupils were very respectful during this period. Adults displayed a one minute sand timer so that children had visual understanding. 

After our mark of respect, we joined together to sing our 'Welcome Song'. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions and to talk about anything troubling them.

At this very sad time, South Borough Primary School would like to send our condolences to the City of Manchester and everyone affected. 

A pupil in Reception Red Class said "It's ok to feel sad when somebody dies."

A pupil in Reception Green Class said "When somebody falls, we must help them."

A Nursery pupil sang "Holding hands in a circle..."

 

The following advice might be helpful when talking to children about the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night.

 

It might be upsetting for children but hearing people they trust, reassure them, can be valuable and comforting.

Children should be reminded that they are safe.

As children have an acute sense of justice, it can be helpful to tell them that the person who did this has been caught by the police and will be punished.

 

Children might be worried that someone they know might die in a similar incident. Reassure them that people will keep them safe (police, firefighters, soldiers and other emergency services). This will help reassure children that they are loved and protected and that the worst is unlikely to happen.

 

You should also be aware of follow-up questions that children might ask.

For example, who did this and why did they do it?

Saying to children that there are ‘bad people’ in the world is unhelpful; children find this particularly scary. So, try to distinguish between bad acts and bad people, which can be more easily understood.

 

The web link below may also help:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/40019250

 

South Borough Primary School, Early Years Foundation Stage Team.