The Shield is a safe, quiet and relaxing place for all our children to enjoy. Children can use the room to explore all their different thoughts, feelings and emotions that they may experience throughout their school day.
We have different zones for different purposes. There is a self-regulation area, chill out zone, reflection area and a quiet area to talk through any worries the children may have.
“The Shield is a great place to come, especially when you are angry. It is a safe space and you are allowed to say how you feel without feeling silly. I love the Shield.”
“The red table is for when you are feeling cross. You sit here and give yourself a chance to calm down. This is our safe space to be angry in Boundary.”
“The yellow table is for when you are a little bit annoyed but not so mad you have to sit at the red table. The adults around us know that when we are sat here, that we are not ready to talk. It is great that they can be so understanding.”
“The blue table is when you are calming down. It is here that the adults will have a conversation with you about what went wrong because by moving yourself along you are showing you can self-regulate.”
“This is where you sit when you are confident that you are ready to go back to class and make things right again.”
We use this area to show how we are feeling without needing to speak. If I sit at the red table, the adults around me know I am cross. If I sit at the blue table, the adults know I need to calm down. It is really good for me because sometimes I don’t want to speak straight away.”
“The Shield is a great place. It calms me down when I feel angry or worried. There are displays that give you advice, beans bags to sit on to help you relax and a view out over the playground. I really do love the Shield.”
An Interview with an Always person!
Sometimes we all need a little advice and guidance from our friends.
So we arranged an interview with three Always people! These children have never lost their badges, wear them with pride every day and always give 100% effort in all aspects of their learning!
We wanted to find out how they do it…
Here are some of the questions we asked:
I often ignore instructions, how can I change this? Do you have any advice?
“You must try really hard. It is very important that you do as you are told. It could be as simple as putting your pencil down or ‘get out there is an emergency!’ If you are not listening you could miss something very important. If you find your attention slipping try wobbling your head a little, have a stretch and refocus.”
How can I follow the Boundary Promises as well as you do? I seem to always break at least one of them.
“It takes a lot of effort but you don’t get anywhere in life without putting lots of effort in! Maybe try reminding yourself of the Boundary Promises every morning when you arrive at school, we have lots of posters around
How can I get my name moved up the hierarchy?
Remember to go above and beyond. So, instead of just sitting on the carpet looking bored, try sitting on the carpet smartly. Look interested and put the effort in and answer questions even if you do not know the answer, always try!