WHAT IS A VALUES LED EDUCATION?
We all have values by which we and our families try to live our lives by. These can include values such as honesty, trust, respect, kindness, perseverance, justice and so on. At Educate Together we have our 4 core principles and the objectives in the Learn Together curriculum. We use values to teach about this.
Each month we look in depth at one and bring it into all we do. This way the children begin to think for themselves what they, their families, the school and their friends think is important. We find that discussing values helps children to realise that whilst we may all have different beliefs and different cultures or ways of life we actually share much in what we believe in.
By referring back to the values children can begin to think about how to behave and respond to the situations they come across in life. They are helped to understand what is important to their own family and to others. This way they will grow up able to understand and find the shared values with all people they come across.
Are there any faiths or cultures that do not value honesty, respect, friendship or kindness? By sharing and discussing these we realise that we have far more in common with each other than what separates us.
Our value for April is....
April - Courage
The children have been thinking about how they have shown courage and been brave to try something new or do something that they were a little unsure of. The children showed courage to try some unfamiliar foods.
March - Happiness
Bumble Bee class have been thinking about how to spread happiness and fill other people’s buckets with happiness. They went out into the local community to give out flowers to spread happiness.
February - Honesty
Bumblebee class read the story the boy who cried wolf. We spoke about how it is important to tell the truth and how people would feel if we tell lies. We spoke about how telling the truth can keep us safe and ensures that people believe us.
January - Perseverance
Bumble Bee class have enjoyed reading ‘How to Catch a star’ and ‘The little engine that could’. They have been thinking about what they would like to persevere with to get better at.
December - Peace
Bumblebee class talked about peace, what peace meant to each of us and what it looks like in our world. We thought about all of the peaceful things we could do and the ways that we could spread peace. We then thought about our wish for peace in our world.
November - Kindness
Bumble Bee class thought about kindness. They used water to represent a person’s feelings. They dropped items (unkind actions) into the water and watched the ripples, realising the impact of being unkind.
October - Respect
Throughout October we have been focussing on Respect. The children have been identifying how to be respectful in school and out of school; staff have been so impressed by how they are showing and understanding the need to be respectful. Bumble bee class thought about different cultures and how to be respectful of different people’s faiths, non faiths, beliefs etc.
September - Responsibility
In September, we were learning to be responsible. All of the children in Bumble Bee class are taking responsibility of their own items and their classroom. Each day a special helper is chosen; they have many responsibilities including getting snack and ordering dinners with the office.