‘I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow up my balloon!’
A special visitor came to deliver workshops to Year 5 and 6 this term. His name is Pat and he was talking to the children about perspective and how to use it to their advantage in stressful situations. They will now have some tools to help them on their 11+ journey. Year 6 are lucky enough to have had sessions with Pat two years running. He was amazed by how much they could remember from their session back in Year 5 and he was delighted to hear that they have used the strategies he covered with them.
In the sessions this term, the classes designed hot air balloons. The shape of their balloon represented an aspect of their personality and they had to think about their skills and support mechanisms in order to decide on the resources that they would use as their ‘hot air’. Stability ropes represented the things in their lives that keep them level headed while restraint ropes symbolised the aspects of their life that hold them back.
To conclude the session everybody closed their eyes and envisioned themselves blowing all of their resources into their balloon, breaking away from their anxieties, so that it could take off and fly!