Monday, 28 February 2011

Dispatches from the Chalkface part 5: poverty, swearing and Jesus' friends

During an RE lesson about the Last Supper I showed an image of the famous Da Vinci painting and asked the children to write something about it in their books.
Lily wrote: "The Last Supper was a meal where Jesus gave bread and wine to his disabled friends."
Me: Lily, do you mean Jesus and his disciples?
Lily: Yes Miss.
Lily goes back to her desk to change her work, and returns with this: "The Last Supper was a meal where Jesus and his disciples gave bread and wine to their disabled friends."


During a lesson I mentioned the word poverty.
John: What does that mean Miss?
Me: Who can tell me what poverty means?
Tim: *puts hand up* Miss, is it bowls, plates and cups?
Me: No Tim, that's crockery.


Last September, one of the children in a friend's reception class was a lovely little girl called Hannah. Unfortunately, she had a habit of swearing. In an attempt to stop it, the teacher suggested to Hannah's mum that they give her a target that if she didn't swear in class for a whole day she would get a treat at the end of the day.

The first day went well and when her Mum came for her at the end of school Hannah ran out shouting "Mummy, I didn't f**king swear all day!"

Kids, don't you just love 'em?