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Answering children’s questions about terrorism

What do terrorists want? When will terrorism end?

Children’s questions about terrorism can be penetrating and hard to answer. Many teachers (and parents) will be caught unawares by such questions, uncertain themselves about terrorist motivation and goals and torn between the instinct to reassure and the awareness that Britain is on continuous terrorist alert.

Brilliant Publications has just produced a book  to answer these difficult questions. Talking about Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions by Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint is structured around 40 questions that children may ask:

  • What do terrorists want?
  • How can we stop someone becoming a terrorist?
  • Who is keeping us safe in Britain?
  • Why are terrorists so angry and full of hate?
  • When will terrorism end?
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Talking about Terrorism

The authors answer the questions in clear, easy-to-understand language – providing simple, objective explanations and reassurance where possible – while being careful not to raise unrealistic expectations.

As Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC, points out in the Foreword to Talking about Terrorism:

“If we are to reassure our young people, encourage their tolerance of others, and prevent them from being groomed into acts that could hurt themselves or others, we must talk with them and educate them. This book sets out to help teachers do just that.  The Internet and 24-hour news cycle means that it is impossible to shield children from the reality of terrorist attacks. But, with open conversation and clear explanations, we can help them feel safe and know that the world is still a good place.”

The text is interspersed with activities that primary school teachers can use to stimulate critical thinking and encourage creative investigation of key themes. These range from discussions and debates, the use of circle time and hot-seating through to role-play, poetry and music composition, singing and artwork.

Despite the focus on terrorism the authors never lose sight of a core belief in human goodness. They make it a priority to focus on positive actions that children can perform, singly or collectively, to make the world more peaceful. Each section has inspiring stories of peacemaking and reconciliation, about the power of love over hate, of non-violence over violence and the importance of tolerance and respect.

As Iona Lawrence, Director of the Jo Cox Foundation, says in an introductory message to the book:

“Jo [Cox] really did live by the conviction that we have ‘more in common than that which divides us.’ As this book also shows, it is this phrase that can and should guide conversations with children about extremism in all its forms.”

Authors

Written by Alison Jamieson, a former consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Jane Flint, a teacher, whose work in a multicultural school in Beeston, Leeds, at the time of the 2005 London bombings provided the inspiration for the book. Their book, Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Handbook for Addressing Extremism, was published by Brilliant Publications in 2015.

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Using the Two-spoon Method in Cooking

Once you know how to use two spoons to get your cookie or biscuit mixture onto a baking tray, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children the two-spoon method.

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The Bridge Method of Cutting

Once you know how to cut ingredients safely using the bridge method, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children how to use the bridge method.

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The Claw Method of Cutting

Once you know how to cut ingredients safely using the claw method, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children how to use the claw method.

 

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Girls lose faith in their own abilities by age 6

A study carried out in the United States has shown that already by the age of 6 girls lose faith in their own abilities and see themselves as less talented than boys. The study showed that when children believed that hard work was the key to success both girls and boys were successful.

So what can schools do to encourage girls to believe that they will be successful?

One way is through promoting creative thinking. By asking questions where there are no correct answers and any input is valued, girls’ (and all children’s) confidence and self-esteem will increase.

Brilliant Activities to Stimulate Creative Thinking has over 150 entertaining, open-ended challenges providing mental stimulation. The creative, challenging activities develop mental agility, the ability to ‘think outside the box’ and pupils’ higher level thinking skills.

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Stimulate Creative Thinking

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38717926

 

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Working Safely when Cooking with Children

Cooking with children is great fun – but have you thought of all the safety implications?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video highlighting all the things you need to think about when cooking with children. This practical video contains great hints for ensuring that your cooking session goes smoothly and with maximum enjoyment!

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Teaching children to measure ingredients when cooking

Once you know how to measure dry and wet ingredients, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children these essential cooking skills?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children how to measure wet and dry ingredients.

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