Childhood - things to do.

Things to do

Find out what it is like for new students starting at your school, especially those who have come from elsewhere.

For a student arriving new after the start of the school year, coming from another part of the UK or elsewhere in the world, how welcoming is your school? What are the best and worst aspects of how students and staff respond to newcomers? Do the school systems make it easy or hard to fit in?

Think about how you can discover how well your school does. You will need to talk to students who have been through the experience: how can you do that in a sensitive way? You could perhaps use your research to create a report for the school. Where the school does well, praise it. Where it does less well, make suggestions of how things can be improved.

Plan and carry out interviews with adults about their childhood experiences of change: migration, changing schools, moving house.

These adults in the clips speak so freely about their childhoods because the school students interviewing them (aged 11 to 15) had devised good questions that enabled them to talk.

Choosing the right questions is very important: 

See our guide to succesful interviewing.

When you are confident as an interviewer and have one or two questions ready, film a practice interview with an adult you know well: a teacher, perhaps. Play the film back to see the strengths and weaknesses in your interviewing technique. Finally, with the help of your teacher, carry out an interview with an older person in your community. If you film it or make an audio recording, make sure the adult signs a form allowing you to use it. The interviews you and your fellow students carry out can become resources for further study.

Ladders - Young Writers and Performers Club.