Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Keeping Ourselves Safe...

We have been learning how to keep safe, following the NZ Police 'Know What To Do' programme at school over the last week or so. 

As part of this important unit, we've been learning our names, addresses and phone numbers.  This might sound easy for some of you, but for 5 year olds, it can be pretty tricky.  We have learnt that we have first names and surnames, that there are all sorts of different types of streets (Street, Road, Avenue, Lane, Terrace etc), letterboxes (some children have traditional letterboxes, one has a letter slot in their door, one has mail delivered by courier over their shop counter and another has a P.O. Box address), and even phone numbers (some children have a family cell phone number, others have landline numbers).  Wow!

Check out some of our discussions and white hat thinking ...



We practiced writing this important information (actual address details have been blurred to protect student's privacy) ...





Yesterday we had a special visit from Constable Blue.  Today for shared writing we wrote a story about his visit ...


Constable Blue read us a story about a boy called Taylor.  Througout the day he experiences good touch (such as a hug from his mum), sad touch (he was pushed over at lunch time) and then confusing, scary touch in an incident at a friend's house after school.  As a group we talked about what to do in these situations and what was okay or not. We know that abuse is never okay.  We learnt a special song called 'Stop, Walk and Talk' that reminds us what to do if we ever feel unsafe around someone. 





Today we started exploring 'feelings' and acknowledged that words can make a person feel a certain way too.  We had fun practicing different expressions - being happy, sad, mad, scary and silly.  Check back to see more of our exploration of this important topic over the next week ....

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