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The power of yes

This week we focused on the importance of saying ‘yes’. Without saying ‘yes’ to each other, we would not have been able to successfully break free from the corner of the room to the door without stepping on the floor. Just look at that teamwork!

We also learned that a story about finding a fiver in your car could lead to a robot revolution.

And we decided that sometimes saying ‘yes, but’ can be just as useful as saying ‘yes, and’, because it helps ideas to build and become as powerful as they can be. But if you were only ever to say ‘no’, you wouldn’t ever get anywhere. And considering that our pupils wanted to go live in the worlds of Futurama, Harry Potter, Gotham City, and the world of the spirits, it’s a good thing they learned when to say ‘no’ and when to say ‘yes’.


Conflict? What Conflict?

Our brilliant year sevens turned their thoughts to everyday conflicts this week. The group demonstrated their impressive use of the cockney accent as we growled  ‘oi’, ‘get out of my pub’ and ‘leave it’ in a hilarious game of Eastenders before we turned our attention to resolving conflict in a more reflective way. We improvised a range of school based conflicts, including friends arguing about not keeping each other’s secrets and picking on the ‘new kid’.

Then, as a group we discussed what each person needed and worked together to find a peaceful resolution to the problem that saw both parties getting what they wanted.

It was a real pleasure to see the group really thinking about what somebody else might need, and how this might be interpreted incorrectly in the heat of the moment! It would, perhaps, lead to a less exciting episode of Eastenders though…