Have a ‘Circle time’ to share views and ideas

Have a ‘Circle time’ to share views and ideas

‘Circle time’ is very popular in primary schools as it helps children develop positive self-worth, look outwards and focus on the needs of the wider group and not just themselves. Circle time is ‘what it says on the tin’ - children sitting in a circle for a set amount of time to share thoughts, feelings and ideas with some important ground rules in place such as: 

  • Everyone’s position is equal
  • Each person has the opportunity to speak and the responsibility to listen
  • Children always have the right to ‘pass’. There is no pressure to speak but those who do are listened to without ridicule
  • It is important to respect what others have to say even if you personally don’t agree
  • Children should be made to feel safe to share thoughts, feelings, opinions and concerns
  • There is no reward for the quality of the contribution or for extra attentive listening
  • Everyone should behave in a manner that respects the group and works together for the benefit of the group
  • Children who damage circle time can be asked to draw back and watch, moving in again if they decide to accept the ground rules
  • Circle time should ideally last for about 30 minutes depending on the age group of the children

Many churches have informal times when children sit in circles and share things. If facilitated well, using the sentiment of circle time, it can also be a very good way of children sharing what children think about church, God, faith the world or the groups they attend.

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