We all know, from our own experience, that there are some things you can learn from a book – but some things you can’t. Understanding feelings, respecting other people’s views, developing confidence and learning to trust each other are all good examples. To learn these things we need to think, talk about them with other people and work in a way that helps them to develop
What is circle time?
‘Circle time’ is a term used to describe a time when the whole class meets together, sitting in a circle, either on the floor or on chairs. But it isn’t as simple as that. It’s a carefully planned time in which children can develop a wide range of skills and attitudes such as confidence, self-esteem, talking and listening.
It’s particularly useful for:
• developing trust
• helping a class to ‘gel’
• working on problems
• developing children’s awareness of their responsibilities towards others and themselves
• exploring new ideas
• developing moral values
• helping children to feel they ‘belong’
• making children feel special
• having fun
Circle time can help children to enjoy learning. It also helps children with their friendships and strengthens the relationship between the teacher and the class.