On Wednesday 14th February 2018, as a part of Peace Mala Commitments our children in Year 5 graduated at The Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, Warrington.
Well done to all participants in Year 5C and 5T of the Small Steps to Peace Project, this included our fantastic Peace Mala Ambassadors! To celebrate their achievement, the children enjoyed a day trip to the Peace Foundation Centre and proudly received their diploma from Colin and Wendy Parry as a part of their Graduation. All children wore a graduation clothing (a blue cap and gown) to the special event. Four of our children were interviewed by The Manchester Evening News and Key 103 Radio Station, which was really exciting. The interviews will be published on Tuesday 20th March 2018 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the IRA bombing in Warrington, which tragically claimed the lives of 12-year-old Tim Parry and 3-year-old Johnathan Ball. Speaking at the time of Tim’s funeral, Colin (Tim’s Dad) said ‘If my son becomes a symbol for peace and gives everyone a new sense of hope after so much tragedy, then that will be Tim’s unique achievement’. Little did we know at that time that Colin’s words would come true and he would teach the children of Manchester how to deal with conflict and ensure our attitudes impact on others in a positive way!
Small Steps for Peace has been developed by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation for Key Stage 2 pupils. It is designed to be delivered by teachers to class-sized groups of primary school pupils in six sessions. Many of the activities have direct links to the key stage 2 National Curriculum learning outcomes for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC).
WHAT ARE THE OVERALL LEARNING OUTCOMES?
Small Steps helped our Year 5 Children to:
understand the causes of conflict, how it can be driven by diverse needs and wants and how it can be entrenched between in-groups of ‘us’ and out-groups of ‘them’.
understand the impact of conflict, gaining awareness of how they and others feel in conflict situations and the consequences of violence.
develop active listening skills.
build emotional intelligence, recognising and regulating their own emotional responses, empathising with others, and growing their confidence and capacity to communicate.
practice problem solving in creative ways and in collaborative group settings
The sessions help young learners to understand the diverse causes of conflict, and how ‘us and them’ attitudes can arise.The impact of conflict, and how it makes them and others feel, is discussed and the possible outcomes of violence are explored. The programme helps to develop active listening skills, and to build emotional intelligence. Problem solving and collaborative skills are learned in a group setting.