Editor's letter

17th November 2000 at 00:00
Children have to work so hard to make sense of the world. The things going on around them don't always fit together. We toss so much information at them, so many words and ideas that we simply take for granted, that all they can do is try to figure it out as best they can.

Take one little girl's interpretation of the Christmas carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. "Peace on Earth and mercy mild", she trilled. "God and Cinders reconciled". And why not? Pantos are Christmas-time events, and perhaps poor Cinderella had been cross with God for her former sorry situation.

This month's TES Primay brings you good tidings, with Gerald Haigh's seasonal jargon-busting cribsheet (crib may be another word to discuss with your class) on page 32, to complement his project and poster (at the centre).

Words can also be the key to children's moral and spiritual understanding. West Kidlington primary in Oxfordshire infuses school life with 22 positive-value words that keep children thinking about how to make life better for themselves and those around them. Read about it on page 14, then carry on to Neil Hawkes' advice on how to be kind to yourself, and have a good Christmas season.

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