We spent some time talking about kindness and why it is so important.
Mrs Pelham gave some children some toothpaste and paint tubes.
Those children were allowed to squeeze all the toothpaste and paint out onto the paper.
It felt kind of naughty but also fun to do this. We knew it wasn't the right thing to be doing but the more we squeezed the more fun it felt and the easier it became.
Then we had to try and scoop the toothpaste and paint back into the tubes. This was really messy and very tricky - in fact it was nearly impossible to put it back into the tube.
We compared this to saying mean things to other people.
We know it is wrong to say unkind things to others but sometimes we do it.
The more we say the easier it is to keep on saying the mean things - it even starts to feel quite nice (and a bit powerful just like when we were squeezing the last bit of toothpaste out).
We talked about how after the words have come out of our mouth it is very hard to take them back and the poor person who heard them can be very hurt.
We are going to try very hard to say kind things to others an d if we forget we will think about the tubes of toothpaste and paint.
I will try to not be mean to other people - Emily
I won't encourage other people to do bad things - Stella
Sorry still doesn't make people better - the words have still been said and it is hard to take them back - Joel
It's hard to take your meanness back so the best idea is not to be mean at all - Thomas
Stop being mean before it gets fun - Samuel
If you keep being mean to people they won't want to play with you - Nate
If you say a mean thing it is hard to fix it - Lily
Be kind to other people - Mila
Mean words can be scary - Samuel
If someone is being mean, walk away and play with someone else. Tell a grown up. - Georgetta
If someone says "stop it," don't keep doing it - Sam
Don't tell people what to do - Kairu
Be encouraging - Sophie L
Sorry is the right thing to say but it doesn't fix everything straight away - Rhys
Being forgiving when someone has made a mistake gives them a chance to improve and get it right for next time - Sam
Don't get into a habit of saying mean things - it's hard to break a habit - Thomas