Ask children to recall what the rules of your school are. Tell them that this gives them guidelines for good, appropriate behaviour.
Ask pupils to suggest ideas for inappropriate behaviour, things that they would get into trouble for e.g. (violence, cheating, lying, spitting, being late, causing trouble, being rude etc.)
Click to play “Paradise Street”, Episode 6.
Marcus witnesses his Mum’s boyfriend, Darren, displaying abusive behaviour towards his Mum. As a result, he starts to mimic this behaviour in class, which ends on a cliff-hanger to be resolved in the next episode. In a sub-story, Siobhan is also feeling inexplicably emotional and tetchy which almost ruins her friendship with Leyla.
See the Module Overview for further guidance on this section.
Use the Lucky Dip Questions in Appendix 1 to generate discussion.
Alternatively, here are some questions you can use to facilitate a conversation with pupils about the drama:
• What behaviour between Marcus’ Mum and her boyfriend Darren did you notice that was inappropriate? Why do you think Marcus didn’t notice it?
• When Marcus’ Mum touches Darren’s shoulder, he flinches it off quite violently. Why did he do this and how do you think it made Marcus’ Mum feel?
• Does Marcus display any behaviour that reminds you of someone else? Why do you think that is?
• When Marcus says, “You’re such a baby, Finn”, who is Marcus copying and how do you think it makes Finn feel?
• Why did Siobhan and Leyla fall out and how did it escalate? Can you see both sides of the story?
• How do you think Finn felt, being caught in the middle of Siobhan and Leyla’s fight?
• During the exercise in class where they had to choose ‘feelings words’ for Jackson, each of them chose different words. Do you think it’s possible to feel more than one emotion at the same time?
• When Marcus’ Mum tells Marcus, “He doesn’t hurt me…You don’t have to worry,” what do you think it makes Marcus feel?
• At the end of the episode Marcus had a child in a headlock. We don’t know exactly why he acted like this, but can you guess some of the emotions that Marcus might have been feeling?
• Was Marcus’ behaviour appropriate? What do you think will happen next?
Click to play “Delving Deeper into Episode 6”
“Delving Deeper” is a presenter-led film which highlights some of the key ideas presented in the film, gives some teaching and provides a Christian context by linking to the Kester storyline.
This teaching includes:
• The difference between thoughts, feelings and actions and how they relate to each other.
o Thoughts – the words that we say to ourselves about what is going on around us. Sometimes we have lots at once.
o Feelings – How we feel each day or each moment. They come and go and can change quickly. Some feelings are uncomfortable but aren’t necessarily bad.
o Actions – What we do, how we behave. Thoughts and feelings have a big effect on how we behave. If we feel great, we’re more like to do nice things, but if we’re upset or angry, we’re more likely to do nasty things.
• The use of different scenarios to show how thoughts and feelings affect actions, but that if the thought at the beginning is changed, things could be different. E.g. You are studying for a test:
o Thought – You are going to fail your test.
o Feeling – You feel worried.
o Action – You don’t study because you don’t want to think about it.
o New Thought – I’m going to do my best in the test.
o New Feeling – Maybe feel nervous, but with no added pressure.
o New Action – You study for your test!
• God calls us to love one another. Even when it is difficult we need to learn how to manage our thoughts and feelings so that we can be loving to ourselves and others.
Children should complete the Thoughts, Feelings and Actions activity in their Paradise Street Workbooks.
Today’s activity allows pupils to personally explore for themselves the teaching on Thoughts-Feelings-Actions.
It is advisable for children to complete these workbook activities independently. You might like to play music in the background to encourage focus, before bringing the class back together to conclude.
Invite children to close eyes and listen to the following reflection read by teacher:
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your most holy will.
Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola
Sit in silence for a moment and give thanks that God is your perfect teacher and will help you live in the right way.
Play: “My Dedication”