On Friday November 22 the children had a class story read to them outside. They could bring in extra layers but they couldn’t move around to keep warm. Then on returning inside the teacher asked them to record how it felt to be outside and how it felt to come back inside.
The ‘Snug As A Bug’ project means reflecting on that moment when you get into bed at night and feel safe and warm and confident that you will wake up in the morning with all of your belongings around you. Then you realise that many people in Suffolk and across the world don’t experience this sense of well-being and security.
Here are some of the reflections which the children made after their cold storytime:
It makes me feel lonely to think there would be nobody to give me food if I was out there for a long time. Katrina Y3
I imagine that being a homeless person is very hard. It felt very cold and there would be no blankets at night time. I won’t be able to see anything and there might be animals. We would have rotten teeth if we didn’t brush them for lots of days. Freya Y3
If I was outside all night every day, I know some people will ignore me. Aaliyah Y3
I felt the same temperature when I came in but I still felt a flood of relief. Mikaela Y6
I feel sorry for those who don’t have the opportunity to come inside and feel loved. Ellie Y6
I was shocked by the difference as soon as I walked back into the building. I felt the heat coming back into me. Patrick Y6
It was fun when we did it for 40 minutes but we did it in the day; in the night it is perishing. Kuba Y6
It made me reflect that homeless people can’t just come inside. But there was a quick burst of heat when I entered our class with a substantial amount of warmth. Janet Y6
I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have a place to call home with food, a bed, clean clothing and heating. Maja Y6
I feel really lucky to have a warm bed and clothes and possessions. When I came back inside I was warm and they can’t say, “That’s it. I’ve had enough. I’m tired of being homeless.” Kevin Y4
St Felix Catholic Primary School is using a simple approach to Catholic Social teaching: Care, Share, Fair, Aware, Repair, Rare and Everywhere to help the children understand that we have a duty to all our brothers and sisters.
‘Snug As A Bug’ is one of many activities the school will be undertaking this year in its mission to live out the Gospel. The children are encouraged to see themselves as the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.
The pictures show (top) children at St Felix listening to a story in the cold and (centre) a Snug As a Bug design by Janet Anyaegbu, Year 6