We began by asking ourselves, ‘How can I be caring?’ What kinds of things have I done, or could I do at school to care for someone else?
Daniel immediately told us what he could do. ‘If someone hasn’t got anyone to play with, I could ask them to play with me,’ he said.
‘Yes,’ added Leo. ‘If someone is lonely, I could ask them if they want to play.’
Enakshi suggested this: ‘If someone gets hurt, I might need to take them to the nurse.’
And Alex added, ‘If someone is sad, I can cheer them up.’
Finally Delfine. ‘If it’s a big mess and only one person is trying to tidy it up, someone else can help them.’
Quite. So what has your sister been telling you, might I ask!
But this talk of big messes brings me on to what we did next. We read Helpful Henry by Shen Roddie.
Henry’s mum woke with a horrid headache. ‘You stay in bed,’ said Henry. ‘I’ll make you better.....'
What a caring hippo he was - or at least he tried to be. He tried to make his mum a cup of tea, but when he was unable to find where she kept the teabags, instead he stirred a spoonful of jam into a cup of milk and slip-slopped it all the way across the kitchen floor. Oh dear! He tried to bake some cupcakes for her, but when that proved impossible, he dipped a slice of bread into some honey and dripped sticky honey all the way up the stairs. Oh Oh! He tried to choose his favourite story* to read to her, but when he was looking for it, somehow all his books ended up in a muddle on the floor. Oh my! And when he felt her poor thumpity thump head and found it hot, he tried to cool it down with a very melty, drippy ice lolly. Oh my goodness!
In fact, by the end of the story, although we all agreed that Henry had made a BIG MESS, we weren't really quite sure whether he had succeeded in making his mum feel better - but we all knew that he had done his best to care for her.