Values Education

Values Education - A Guide for Parents

 

We provide a framework for living, tightly woven into the positive ethos of our school.

 

With the cooperation and support of parents, teachers, support staff and governors we aim to nurture our children as calm, happy, focussed individuals who respect their world and are empowered to develop and nurture their inherent creativity.

Our Values Education programme involves the continuous investigation of 22 positive values throughout a two-year cycle supported by the development of reflective practice.

We aim for good strong social relationships and highly developed self-esteem resulting in respect for others and the environment, within a coherent school community.

Values Education lies at the heart of our Behaviour Policy. It provides a solid foundation enabling our pupils to make informed choices by reflecting, thinking and understanding. It also gives us a common vocabulary, which we all understand, helping us to deal with behavioural and emotional issues in a positive and supportive manner.  Our weekly celebration assembly has a focus on the value of the month and a child from each class is awarded a certificate when they have demonstrated the value.

School Year 2018-2019

 

Our value for July: Freedom  

Ability to make good choices about what we say, think and do


 To balance our choices with responsibilities
 To appreciate living in a free country


At school we will be looking forward to the Summer holiday a time when we have greater
freedom. We will discuss how we should deal with this additional freedom in terms of
making the right choices and when so doing, considering those around us. We will ensure
that our pupils realise the dangers of total freedom and that it is not beneficial to use our
freedom to do and say exactly what we want regardless of the effect it has on others. We
will emphasize the importance of appreciating our freedom by looking at other parts of the
world where freedom is not the way of life and at individuals such as Nelson Mandela who
lost his freedom for a very long time.
Thought for the month: ‘Freedom means that no-one can stop you doing what is right or
persuade you to do what is wrong.’
At home you can prepare for the holidays by discussing the best ways
of using the new found freedom and emphasize the importance of sensible choices. The
story of Joseph and his Amazing Techni-coloured Dreamcoat is a good one to share,
children love the music and it is an excellent example of the temporary loss of freedom
which has a happy outcome. It is important that children are given options so that choices
can be made and that they are praised for making considered and appropriate choices.
Have a wonderful holiday with your children!

 

 

Our value for June: Quality

 

Last term’s months was understanding and this months value is Quality; both these values are linked to the approach to learning which focuses on Growth Mindset:

In Growth Mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a determination that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people who’ve achieved top performance had these qualities. Research shows that people with this view reach higher levels of success than others without Growth Mindset beliefs. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation, enhances relationships and increases achievement. We are only a short way on our journey, but we will keep you up to date with our developments. In the meantime, please see below, to consider some of the ways you can support the school and your children…

 

How parents can help

The simplest way to do this, and probably the most effective, is to praise effort and hard work – avoiding the simple, ‘you’re so clever’ statements. Say things like: I can see how hard you’ve worked etc.

· Question the children’s approaches to all things they do – not just school work, using phrases like:

- How could you do that differently?

- What if you tried this instead?

 - Why do you think that?

- What can you tell me about this?

- Why did you choose that?

 

In the Quality Street tin which one reflects you?

   

Which different qualities do you have

 

 

                   Our value for May: Understanding                                                               

During the month of May, we will be looking at the value of ‘Understanding’. We are asking the children to think carefully about what it means to be understanding and to be understood by others. 

Taking time to accept that people have different opinions from you, and that, although it may not end in agreement, they may have good reason to hold those opinions and if you put aside your point of view, and try to see things from the other person's point of view, you may realise that in certain situations, other people are not being unkind, they're probably just reacting to a situation, with the experience and knowledge they hold. We are asking them to reflect on how their how their actions and words can affect others and understand that what they do and say can affect how other people feel.

 

We will be encouraging the children to take time to really listen to the opinions and views of others in order to understand their point of view. We all want to be listened to and understood but it is also important to understand situations from the viewpoint of others.

 

We want them to think about the choices they make; to understand that how they choose to talk to others and to act towards others will affect how others respond to them.  We want them to show how they can be understanding towards others; taking time to listen to what their friends and family have to say.

 

At home, we hope that you will reinforce these thoughts.  For example, you may talk about what we mean by understanding; but also by modelling to your child good listening when they are telling you about something that has made them happy, excited or upset; so that they are able to see and feel what it is like to be valued and understood.

 We are all individuals and have our own personalities, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses
This term our value, understanding, focuses us on being more tolerant and sympathetic of everyone in our school community.

 

                             

Our value for April: Honesty 

  • Telling the truth

 

  • Being true to oneself and others

 

  • Having integrity and using it in everyday life

 

 

In school we will be encouraging children to tell the truth even when they have done something wrong and could be in trouble. Our response to children who are honest will demonstrate that they needn’t be afraid of owning up to wrongdoing and that we always respect honesty and thank people for being honest. We will use the story of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket to show how important our consciences are. We will discuss the phrase

 

‘living a lie’ and explore the effect a ‘tissue of lies’ can have leading to greater and greater complications and situations which can be very difficult to sort out. Emphasis will also be placed upon the importance of saying ‘sorry’ and meaning it when in the wrong, which of course follows on from our March value of Truth.

 

Thought for the month: ‘If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.’

 

Mark Twain

"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people”                 .                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                               Virginia Woolf

At home you may like to examine the above’ thought for the month’ and discuss its meaning. Everyone in the family should make a special effort to be honest with each other this month and in the future. Honesty should be acknowledged in a positive way even though there may be a sanction involved for wrongdoing.

 

Help your child to find out why there is a plant is called honesty. Print a picture of it with your answer and show it to Mrs Whittemore in the Rainbow Room after the Easter holidays.

 

Our value for March: Trust  

In MARCH we will be exploring the value of  TRUST

 

At school we will be learning about trust and that we trust someone when we rely on the honesty, truthfulness, justice and strength of a person or thing.

 

We should have the belief that someone is telling the truth

 

We should have the belief that someone is doing their very best

 

What does trust mean:

Trust means being able to feel a person will always be there for us to take care of, listen to us, help us.

 

Who do you trust?

Your parents?        Other family members?       Who else?

Staff in school?    Your friends?

Who might trust you?

 

At home:

  • Discuss people who look after us and that we trust.
  • Talk about ways your child is trusted to keep the environment clean and tidy
  • Get children to make a list –“People trust me to ………”

 

 

Our value for February: Happiness 

 

This month we are focusing on the value of ‘HAPPINESS’. Happiness is closely linked to our other values ‘RESPECT’, ‘COURAGE’, ‘LOVE and ‘UNITY’. Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times but also to cope effectively with the bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall.

· Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

· Willing to do something

  • Happiness is knowing I am loved
  • Happiness is giving everyone good wishes
  • Happiness is love and peace inside

 

At school we will be discussing what happiness means to the children and the different ways we can make ourselves and each other happy at home and at school. We will be listening to songs about happiness and reading stories where the moral of the story is to encourage others to be happy. We will also talk about different kinds of happiness in different situations and think about what the world would be like if people were not happy.

 

Ways we can show and spread happiness:

¨ spending quality time with your family and friends

¨ trying your best and encouraging others

¨ smiling and making people laugh

¨ being kind to others

¨ listening to others

¨ including others in your games and not leaving anyone out

¨ praising others when they have done something well

¨ leading a healthy lifestyle

 At home you can encourage your child to show and spread happiness in the ways listed and discuss the different kinds of happiness that can be seen in daily life.  

 

 

Our value for January:Tolerance

Tolerance

At Stonehill, we have a variety of cultural beliefs amongst our pupils and staff. We strongly promote diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this through the inclusion of stories, discussions, visitors and learning about celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE teaching also reinforce this.

Pupils and visitors of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths where possible.

 

Children from faiths are used in lessons or assemblies to help other pupils understand their religion. Our Language of the month is always a big success and children love finding out about different countries, their language, traditions, food and songs.

Children are allowed to wear items of religious importance, and take part in their religious celebrations (e.g. Eid, Ramadan, etc); this is celebrated in school.

At Stonehill, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

 

The following are quotes from famous people about the value of tolerance:

"Tolerance is the ability to forgive those who tend to speak before thinking”    Catherine Pulsifer

"The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision." George Eliot

"Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today." Malcolm X

"True love means infinite tolerance for each others differences." M. K. Soni

"Tolerance can lead to learning something." Jakob Dylan

"Don't get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance." Bill Maher

 

How would you describe tolerance?

 

 

Our value for December: Thoughtfulness

During the month of December, we will be looking at the value of ‘Thoughtfulness’. We will be asking the children to think carefully about what 'thoughtful' means and how they might be able to show 'thoughtfulness' through their work and friendships.

 

So what it means to be 'Thoughtful', how we can be thoughtful to others and how to notice when people are being thoughtful.

 

A thoughtful person is someone who thinks of other people before themselves. They think about the little things that might make life better, happier or easier for someone and they act on their thoughts.

 

Thoughtful people say hello, they ask how other people are doing and are kind to others. They help out before they are asked. People are thoughtful because they are really thinking about how to make life better for other people, and not just trying to make themselves feel or look better. The funny thing is that you will probably feel better about yourself though if you do something kind for someone else!

 

We will also be encouraging the children to take time to really consider their individual qualities and those of others. Thoughtful people don't wait, they "create" opportunities to make life brighter and more enjoyable for those around them. But, how?

Simple things; such as holding the door open for anyone near you, regardless of who they are.

 

Soon, it's automatic, and even comes with a smile (and you’ll receive a smile back in return).

 

You can probably think of lots more ways to be thoughtful. Why don’t you try some out? Let us know what you have done to be thoughtful today.

 

 

Our value for November : Unity 

What is Unity?

 The dictionary says that Unity means 'oneness' and United means 'to join together'.
When we think of Unity as a value we think of people working together, even though they are  all different, to become one team. We think of people working in harmony with one another and accepting and appreciating each other. We think of people working on tasks together and helping each other out. When we are united we join together to do something. We make a team. We have lots of different teams in our school.

Unity is togetherness.

Unity is collective strength and harmony.

Unity is personal commitment

Lots of football teams have the word United in their name.
That's because an important part of their job is that they work together as one team.  How many teams can you think of?
How many teams are you a part of?


You are united with your brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts and cousins as a family. You are united with your friends, teachers and classmates as a class. We are all united in Stonehill as a school community. You are united with everyone in Letchworth and North Hertfordshire as part of a larger community. You are united with everyone in England as part of a national team. And that's just the beginning.

 

How many other teams are you a part of?
Family, friends, class, school community, Letchworth Garden City, England , Europe...

Unity is about working together and appreciating everybody for who they are. When we stay working on a task together we work in unity and in harmony to reach a shared goal.

You can show unity by:

Working together

Share ideas and skills

Include everyone

Listen to others and value what they have to say

Telling people you enjoy working with them

Saying “Well done”

 

Value activities you could do as a family.

As a school we like to encourage home and school to work together on the Values. Here are some ideas of activities, linked to Unity, that you may like to do together as a family:-

  • Each person in the family can make a paper doll chain and write on each doll the different teams they belong to.
  • Go out for an Autumn walk and as a team collect twigs, feathers, seeds, fallen fruit and make a 'Crazy Autumn Creature' as a family or one each and make a family of crazy autumn fruit creatures. Send in your photos and the family name as we would love to see them and even put them on the web site.
  • Find as many names of teams or companies with the word United in them.
  • Make peg doll characters for a team or of each person in your family

 

 

Our value for October : Responsibility

  • The ability to make and act upon appropriate and sensible decisions
  • To recognise the consequences of one’s actions
  • To take care of oneself and one’s property

 

   In school our pupils are often given jobs to do which they are encouraged to see through and do to the best of their ability. We will be discussing our planet and how we should be responsible for reducing waste and recycling. We will consider the importance of looking after ourselves and our possessions. We will stress the need to take responsibility for the way we behave and encourage our pupils to make the right choices. Responsibility in a global sense will be discussed and consideration given to how we as a school could make the world a better place, each class will think of a way in which they could take responsibility.

 Thought for the month: ‘A responsible person fulfills their duty by staying true to the aim.’

 

  At home during this month you may like to assign your children small jobs which they are responsible for completing e.g. keeping a tidy bedroom, setting the table, dusting, feeding pets etc. They could also be responsible for making sure they have everything they need for school each day. All that is needed is praise for a job well done!

 

 

 

Our value for September : Caring

 

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Caring is not just about doing something. You can be caring with your thoughts and spend time with someone. You can be caring by giving someone a smile or a hug, especially when they really need it.

Sometimes, some people feel that caring means spending a lot of money that they maybe don't have. Homemade presents are cheaper and often appreciated more because you have been generous with your time and really thought about your gift.
Sometimes you might think that the person you want to share with already has a lot of things. Instead you could be caring and use your money to buy books for children in Africa, a goat for a poor family, make a Christmas box for a child who won't receive many other presents, donate some money to charity. All of these things are ways of showing that you care.

The motto of caring is to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. If you are a caring and kind person then other people will want to care about you.

 

 

Our value for June is Co-operation

    • Working together towards the same goal

 

  • Helping someone to achieve what they couldn’t achieve alone

 

 In school our pupils are encouraged to work together harmoniously to fullfil given tasks. We will point out that things can often be done better together than on our own. We will consider the importance of working respectfully, sharing tasks, caring for and listening to each other, valuing each other’s opinions and ideas. Throughout this month there will be an emphasis on teamwork with the obvious link to sporting activities but also related to work in classrooms. We will stress that this is an extremely important value which is a skill required throughout life, both in the workplace and within the family. Our Assemblies will feature stories, discussions and activities involving working together.

 

Thought for the month: There is strength in numbers.’ 

 

At home during this month you may like to consider a small project within your home, to which you could all contribute, everyone playing their part towards a worthwhile conclusion. Everyone will end up with a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

 

 

 

Our value for May is Simplicity

 

Appreciating plain and simple things in life

 

Enjoying the natural world

Behaving in a loving and caring way which costs nothing

 

 

In school

We will consider the joys and beauties of nature which link with enjoying break and lunch times outside on the field  when we will give thanks for the wonderful gifts of nature. We will ask the question “What really makes you happy?” It is often the most simple of actions such as a hug from Mum or a smile from a friend. We will examine simple playground games like hopscotch, chase and skipping pointing out that it isn’t always necessary to have expensive equipment in order to enjoy yourself. Children will be encouraged to share smiles and kind words a simple way to bring happiness to others. One lesson to learn is that the more you complicate your life the bigger muddle your life becomes.

 

Thought for the month: The simplest things in life are free and fun

 

At home

You could take this opportunity to go out on a family nature walk and really open your eyes and look and talk about what you see. The trees are particularly beautiful at this time of year so encourage the children to use their senses and describe the feel of the bark, the shape, colour and size of the leaves, branches and roots. Stand quietly and listen to the rustle of wind in the branches. You may like to collect fruit and flowers from the trees and bring home blackberry’s roses and tulips which the children could take into school to share with their teachers and friends. We are sure you would all enjoy this very simple experience.

 

Make sure there are plenty of hugs and smiles this month. May should be simple but fun!

 

 

 

Our Value for April is Humility

  • to have a humble attitude
  • to avoid ‘showing off’ and boastful behaviour

 

In school we will remember how Jesus showed humility when he washed the feet of his disciples. We will emphasise the close link between the values of humility and friendship by pointing out that self-importance and boastful behaviour will not attract friends. People like Jason Kenney and Mo Farah will be held up as examples as they did not respond to their victories by boasting that they were the best. We want our pupils to have high self-esteem so we will emphasise how they can be proud of themselves and their achievements without boasting or undermining others.

 

Thought for the month: ‘It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.’

 

At home you may like to look at the story of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ together as a family and talk about the moral behind the story. You could encourage your children to acknowledge the things they are good at, be proud of these things and think how they can use their strengths to help other people. Look out for times when children are helpful around the house without being told or expecting a reward and respond with loads of praise.

 

Our Value for March is Appreciation 

 

  • Awareness and recognition of qualities and values

 

  • Expression of gratitude

 

  • A favourable judgement or opinion

 

     At school we will start by learning to appreciate ourselves and the qualities we         possess. We will move on to raising awareness of the world around us and all the things   for which we should be actively showing our appreciation especially the simple things we   tend to take for granted. The children will be reminded that “Thank you” isn’t difficult to   say but it means a lot to whoever is giving. We will stress that appreciation shouldn’t just   be shown when receiving material gifts but also for friendship, care and support given   freely when needed. The importance of appreciating our environment, and showing that   appreciation by looking after our surroundings, will feature this month as will showing   appreciation for those around us, our families, friends and people in school. A word of   appreciation every now and then never goes amiss.

 

 Thought for the month: ‘Life is a wonderful gift to you. The way you live your life is your   gift to the world and others around you. Make it a fantastic one!’

 

  At home you could make sure that everyone says thank you appropriately. Discuss as a   family all the different ways that you can show your appreciation and put them into   practice. It soon becomes apparent that expensive gifts are not the only way of saying

 

“Thank you”. You may like to encourage your children to make a thank you card for someone who they appreciate, everyone appreciates something homemade which comes from the heart.

 

Our Value for February is LOVE

 

  • A feeling of deep affection

 

  • A great interest or pleasure in something

 

  In school we will be concentrating on showing our love through friendship and celebrating Valentines day. This is probably the greatest of values. We will explore the real meaning of love and how you should show love for others by caring, respect and kindness. The children will be encouraged to spread love around through kind words and deeds and plenty of smiles. Acts of consideration and love for each other will be encouraged and acknowledged. We can be more loving to others by giving time, patience and attention to their needs. Our message will be that from a feeling of love comes happiness and we want every person in our school to feel loved and happy.

 

Thought for the month: ‘Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.’ Arthur Rubenstein

 

At home you could try to make the word ‘love’ a frequent part of your vocabulary so that everyone feels comfortable about expressing their feelings. Children could be encouraged to make something special ( eg. a card, biscuits or cake, a calendar) for someone they love for Valentines. Something made with love is always received with love.

 

 

You may like to use the internet with your children to explore the lives of people like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela who demonstrated unconditional love in their lives.

 

Enjoy a ‘loving’ family February

Our value for January is hope 

  • To have a positive feeling of expectation

 

  • The desire for something to happen

 

In school we will discuss how this positive value can help us overcome everyday problems and difficulties that we face. Our message is that we must always hope that things will turn out right, not just for ourselves but also for others and the world in general. We must hope for peace in the world and work towards it in our own lives. Hope should be accompanied by effort, it’s not just a case of relying on luck. The children will be encouraged to dream their dreams and always keep their hopes alive.

 

Thought for the month: ‘To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.’ Mother Teresa

 

At home you could collect relevant sayings such as ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and make a list which your child can then take into school (the internet will help you here). You could also have some fun downloading appropriate songs such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’ or ‘Reach for the Stars'

 

 

Our value for December is Peace

 

·    Freedom from disturbance

 

·    Getting along with other people

 

·    Putting an end to conflict and aggression

 

In school we will be discussing the Christmas day truce in the 1st world war. As well as remembering those who died in service we will look at the negative side of war and how wars can arise from minor squabbles. We will examine the need for peace in our homes and in school starting with ourselves as individuals. We will emphasize that a peaceful environment is more productive in terms of time spent positively rather than precious time wasted in dispute.

 

Thought for the month: ‘Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

At home you may like to encourage your children to make a special effort this month to avoid squabbles and keep the peace. Hopefully you will all feel more relaxed and happy.   You could suggest that some of your children’s pocket money this month is spent on a present for someone who has nothing. Using their own money should make this symbol more meaningful for them.

 

Make (or buy) a ‘Peace cake’ . If you have had a peaceful day everyone gets a slice at the end of the day as a treat and a celebration. Put aside short periods of peace and quiet when you can read together or listen to restful music.

 

We wish you all a very peaceful December.

Our value for November is Respect

  • A feeling of regard for the qualities and achievements of oneself and others

 

  • A caring and appreciative attitude towards the world in general

 

In school we will begin by admiring and enjoying the wonderful new learning environments that we are so fortunate to have. We will discuss the importance of caring for and respecting our school and everyone in it. Emphasis will be placed upon the need to think before we speak and treat others as we would wish to be treated. It all starts with self-respect so we will always try to build our pupils’ self-esteem and encourage them to look after themselves by getting plenty of sleep, exercise and healthy food as well as taking care of their own property and respecting possessions belonging to others.

 

Thought for the month: ‘To know one’s worth and to honour the worth of others is the true way to earn respect.’

 

At home you could remind each other of the need to show respect in order to live a calmer, happier life. It would be a good idea to make a family list of all people and things which should be cared for and respected every day eg. each other, pets, toys, furniture, the garden etc… Encourage the children to respect their own property by looking after it at home and at school (it helps if it’s all named) Make sure that toys are put away, pets are fed and responsibilities undertaken willingly.

 

 

 

Whenever someone feels like being unkind or rude adopt a strategy e.g. count to 10 or walk away. Aim for a conflict-free month!!

 

Our value for October is  Responsibility

  • The ability to make and act upon appropriate and sensible decisions

 

 

  • To recognise the consequences of one’s actions

 

 

  • To take care of oneself and one’s property

 

In school our pupils are often given jobs to do which they are encouraged to see through and do to the best of their ability. We will be discussing our planet and how we should be responsible for reducing waste and recycling. We will consider the importance of looking after ourselves and our possessions. We will stress the need to take responsibility for the way we behave and encourage our pupils to make the right choices. Responsibility in a global sense will be discussed and consideration given to how we as a school could make the world a better place, each class will think of a way in which they could take responsibility.

 

 

Thought for the month: ‘A responsible person fulfils their duty by staying true to the aim.’

 

 

At home during this month you may like to assign your children small jobs which they are responsible for completing e.g. keeping a tidy bedroom, setting the table, dusting, feeding pets etc. They could also be responsible for making sure they have everything they need for school each day. All that is needed is praise for a job well done!

 

 

Our value for September : Caring

 

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The summer holidays are over and the spirit of caring and generosity is in the air. Lots of people - children are adults are thinking about what lovely things and times they had over the summer break and also what they might have done with other people. Both giving and spending time with others we care about

is a special thing to do, and sharing time and our toys shows that you care. Everyone appreciates a caring gesture that has really been thought about - will the person like this though? is it the sort of thing that will make them smile?

Caring is not just about doing something. You can be caring with your thoughts and spend time with someone. You can be caring by giving someone a smile or a hug, especially when they really need it.

Sometimes, some people feel that caring means spending a lot of money that they maybe don't have. Homemade presents are cheaper and often appreciated more because you have been generous with your time and really thought about your gift.
Sometimes you might think that the person you want to share with already has a lot of things. Instead you could be caring and use your money to buy books for children in Africa, a goat for a poor family, make a Christmas box for a child who won't receive many other presents, donate some money to charity. All of these things are ways of showing that you care.

The motto of caring is to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. If you are a caring and kind person then other people will want to care about you.

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Our value for July is    courage

 

  • strength in the face of pain, danger or grief

 

  • facing situations of which one is afraid

 

 

 At school we will be asking the question ‘What are you really afraid of?’ and then go on to consider how to overcome fears by being with and confiding in other people, friends and family. Nothing is ever as frightening when you are not alone. We will be looking at examples of people in history who have shown courage and reflect on times when we have been brave examining how that made us feel. It is important that children begin to understand that bravery doesn’t just relate to physical feats but also to daily words and actions such as being honest and owning up to something even when you know you will be in trouble or standing up for what you know is right even when friends are against you.

 

 

 Thought for the month: ‘Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.’

 

 

 At home you could discuss the above’ thought for the month’ with your children and decide what you think it means. This month have a go at doing something reasonably challenging and see it through to the end; it could be something like jumping into a swimming pool for the first time, having a shot at ice skating or removing stabilisers from a bike. Encourage your children to be honest about their fears and try to overcome them bravely together.

 

 

 

Our value for June is Co-operation

    • Working together towards the same goal

 

  • Helping someone to achieve what they couldn’t achieve alone

 

In school pupils are encouraged to work together harmoniously to fullfil given tasks. We will point out that things can often be done better together than on our own. We will consider the importance of working respectfully, sharing tasks, caring for and listening to each other, valuing each other’s opinions and ideas. Throughout this month there will be an emphasis on teamwork with the obvious link to sporting activities but also related to work in classrooms. We will stress that this is an extremely important value which is a skill required throughout life, both in the workplace and within the family. Our Assemblies will feature stories, discussions and activities involving working together.

 

Thought for the month: There is strength in numbers.’ 

 

At home during this month you may like to consider a small project within your home, to which you could all contribute, everyone playing their part towards a worthwhile conclusion. Everyone will end up with a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

 

Our value for May is Understanding  

During the month of May, we will be looking at the value of ‘Understanding’. We are asking the children to think carefully about what it means to be understanding and to be understood by others.

Taking time to accept that people have different opinions from you, and that, although it may not end in agreement, they may have good reason to hold those opinions and if you put aside your point of view, and try to see things from the other person's point of view, you may realise that in certain situations, other people are not being unkind, they're probably just reacting to a situation, with the experience and knowledge they hold.

We are asking them to reflect on how their how their actions and words can affect others and understand that what they do and say can affect how other people feel.

 

We will be encouraging the children to take time to really listen to the opinions and views of others in order to understand their point of view. We all want to be listened to and understood but it is also important to understand situations from the viewpoint of others.

 

We want them to think about the choices they make; to understand that how they choose to talk to others and to act towards others will affect how others respond to them. We want them to show how they can be understanding towards others; taking time to listen to what their friends and family have to say.

 

At home, we hope that you will reinforce these thoughts. For example, you may talk about what we mean by understanding; but also by modelling to your child good listening when they are telling you about something that has made them happy, excited or upset; so that they are able to see and feel what it is like to be valued and understood.

 

We are all individuals and have our own personalities, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses etc.
This month our value, understanding, focuses us on being more tolerant and sympathetic of everyone in our school community.

 

 

Our value for April is Humility 

  • to have a humble attitude

 

  • to avoid ‘showing off’ and boastful behaviour

 

In school we will remember how Jesus showed humility when he washed the feet of his disciples. We will emphazise the close link between the values of humility and friendship by pointing out that self-importance and boastful behaviour will not attract friends. People like Jason Kenney and Mo Farah will be held up as examples as they did not respond to their victories by boasting that they were the best. We want our pupils to have high self-esteem so we will emphasize how they can be proud of themselves and their achievements without boasting or undermining others.

 

Thought for the month: ‘It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.’

 

At home you may like to look at the story of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ together as a family and talk about the moral behind the story. You could encourage your children to acknowledge the things they are good at, be proud of these things and think how they can use their strengths to help other people. Look out for times when children are helpful around the house without being told or expecting a reward and respond with loads of praise.

 

 

Our Value for March is Appreciation 

What is appreciation

  • Awareness and recognition of qualities and values
  • Expression of gratitude
  • A favourable judgement or opinion

 

At school we will start by learning to appreciate ourselves and the qualities we possess. We will move on to raising awareness of the world around us and all the things for which we should be actively showing our appreciation especially the simple things we tend to take for granted. The children will be reminded that “Thank you” isn’t difficult to say but it means a lot to whoever is giving. We will stress that appreciation shouldn’t just be shown when receiving material gifts but also for friendship, care and support given freely when needed. The importance of appreciating our environment, and showing that appreciation by looking after our surroundings, will feature this month as will showing appreciation for those around us, our families, friends and people in school. A word of appreciation every now and then never goes amiss.

Thought for the month: ‘Life is a wonderful gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to the world and others around you. Make it a fantastic one!’

       At home you could make sure that everyone says thank you

      appropriately.

     Discuss as a family all the different ways that you can show your

     appreciation and put

     them into practice. It soon becomes apparent that expensive gifts are

     not the only way of saying

 

“Thank you”. You may like to encourage your children to make a thank you card for someone who they appreciate, everyone appreciates something homemade which comes from the heart.

 

Our value for February is happiness 

 

This month we are focusing on the value of ‘HAPPINESS’. Happiness is closely linked to our other values ‘RESPECT’, ‘COURAGE’, ‘LOVE and ‘UNITY’. Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times but also to cope effectively with the bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall.

· Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

· Willing to do something

· Happiness is knowing I am loved

· Happiness is giving everyone good wishes

· Happiness is love and peace inside

 

At school we will be discussing what happiness means to the children and the different ways we can make ourselves and each other happy at home and at school. We will be listening to songs about happiness and reading stories where the moral of the story is to encourage others to be happy. We will also talk about different kinds of happiness in different situations and think about what the world would be like if people were not happy.

 

Ways we can show and spread happiness:

¨ spending quality time with your family and friends

¨ trying your best and encouraging others

¨ smiling and making people laugh

¨ being kind to others

¨ listening to others

¨ including others in your games and not leaving anyone out

¨ praising others when they have done something well

¨ leading a healthy lifestyle

At home you can encourage your child to show and spread happiness in the ways listed and discuss the different kinds of happiness that can be seen in daily life.

 

Our value for January is Hope 

  • To have a positive feeling of expectation

 

  • The desire for something to happen

 

In school we will discuss how this positive value can help us overcome everyday problems and difficulties that we face. Our message is that we must always hope that things will turn out right, not just for ourselves but also for others and the world in general. We must hope for peace in the world and work towards it in our own lives. Hope should be accompanied by effort, it’s not just a case of relying on luck. The children will be encouraged to dream their dreams and always keep their hopes alive.

 

 

Thought for the month: ‘To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.’ Mother Teresa

At home you could collect relevant sayings such as ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and make a list which your child can then take into school (the internet will help you here). You could also have some fun downloading appropriate songs such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’ or ‘Reach for the Stars'

 

Our value for December is Peace 

Freedom from disturbance

·    Getting along with other people

·    Putting an end to conflict and aggression

 

In school we will be discussing the Christmas day truce in the 1st world war. As well as remembering those who died in service we will look at the negative side of war and how wars can arise from minor squabbles. We will examine the need for peace in our homes and in school starting with ourselves as individuals. We will emphasize that a peaceful environment is more productive in terms of time spent positively rather than precious time wasted in dispute.

 

Thought for the month: ‘Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

At home you may like to encourage your children to make a special effort this month to avoid squabbles and keep the peace. Hopefully you will all feel more relaxed and happy.   You could suggest that some of your children’s pocket money this month is spent on a present for someone who has nothing. Using their own money should make this symbol more meaningful for them.

 

Make (or buy) a ‘Peace cake’ . If you have had a peaceful day everyone gets a slice at the end of the day as a treat and a celebration. Put aside short periods of peace and quiet when you can read together or listen to restful music.

 

 

Our value for November is  Unity

     What is Unity?
     The dictionary says that Appreciation s 'oneness' and United means

     'to join together'.
     When we think of Unity as a value we think of people working

     together, even though they are all different, to become one team. We

     think of people working in harmony with one another and accepting

     and appreciating each other. We think of people working on tasks

    together and helping each other out. When we are united we join

    together to do something. We make a team. We have lots of different

    teams in our school.

 

    Unity is togetherness.

    Unity is collective strength and harmony.

    Unity is personal commitment


   Lots of football teams have the word United in their name.

   That's because an important part of their job is that they work together

   as one team.
   How many teams can you think of?

    How many teams are you a part of?
 

   You are united with your brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts and

   cousins as a family. You are united with your friends, teachers and

   classmates as a class. We are all united in Stonehill as a school

   community. You are united with everyone in Letchworth and North

   Hertfordshire as part of a larger community.

   You are united with everyone in England as part of a national team.

   And that's just the beginning.

 

    How many other teams are you a part of?
    Family, friends, class, school community, Letchworth Garden City,

   England , Europe...

 

   Unity is about working together and appreciating everybody for who

   they are. When we stay working on a task together we work in unity

   and in harmony to reach a shared goal.

   You can show unity by:

    Working together

    Share ideas and skills

    Include everyone

    Listen to others and value what they have to say

    Telling people you enjoy working with them

    Saying “Well done

 

    Value activities you could do as a family.

    As a school we like to encourage home and school to work together

   on the Values. Here are some ideas of activities, linked to Unity, that

   you may like to do together as a family :-

  • Each person in the family can make a paper doll chain and write on each doll the different teams they belong to.
  • Go out for an Autumn walk and as a team collect twigs, feathers, seeds, fallen fruit and make a 'Crazy Autumn Creature' as a family or one each and make a family of crazy autumn fruit creatures. Send in your photos and the family name as we would love to see them and even put them on the web site.
  • Find as many names of teams or companies with the word United in them.
  • Make peg doll characters for a team or of each person in your family

    

        Our value for October is Patience

    

"Wait your turn." "Wait 'til you're bigger." We often ask children to be patient, but developing this value takes time. Patience is the ability to endure a difficult situation without complaining. It means showing self-control and staying calm in the face of frustration or boredom. When you're patient, you understand that some things are worth waiting for. But patience isn’t only passive waiting--it means persevering when things get tough. Adults as well as kids often get frustrated if they don’t see immediate results. But at any age it's important to wait for the right time to speak or act. .                                                                                                                                                                     

At school we will emphasise the importance of being able to wait for things to happen rather than having what we want immediately. We will consider the possible consequences of being too impatient which often results in trouble and unhappiness. The practice of ‘taking one’s turn’ will be foremost in our thoughts this month during all activities in school. Everyone will be reminded not to interrupt others while they are speaking and to control frustrations and ‘count to ten’.

In our assembly we will use the example of Nelson Mandella’s patience during his 27 years in prison and show how he patiently and calmly stood up for his beliefs without resorting to anger and aggression.

 

Thought for the month: ‘Our patience will achieve more than our force.’

Edmund Burke

 

At home you could identify a family treat which may happen in the not too distant future if everyone can demonstrate the value of patience. This will give everyone something to look forward to and will be good practice for waiting patiently. This would also be a great time to insist on ‘taking turns’ with good humour.

The question we ask when we explore any of our focus values in assembly is, ‘How will developing this value in my life change my thinking and behaviour?’

We can then consider the impact on those around us and (much bigger picture) the world if everyone were to develop their understanding and demonstration of different values.

    

    The value for September the first month of the

    new school year is Friendship 

 

Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. Starting a new friendship can be exciting, but building a great friendship takes work!  Being a TRUE friend means:

  • Being helpful
  • Sticking up for your friend
  • Supporting them
  • Listening well
  • Sharing with them
  • Being honest

Here are some great quotes that get at the heart of what friendship is all about.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched….but are felt in the heart. - Helen Keller

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. - Aristotle

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus

No road is long with good company. - Turkish proverb

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld 

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. – Unknown

The best mirror is an old friend. – George Herbert

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. – G. Randolf

It’s a good thing to be rich and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The best things in life aren’t things…they’re your friends. – Anonymous

At school we will be thinking about the real meaning of friendship, why friends are so important to us and what qualities we look for in a true friend. We will emphasize the importance of loyalty, care, trust and support as the framework of friendship. We will be using storybooks with friendship as a theme in order to promote discussion about making and keeping friends and how we should treat our friends. It is the beginning of the school year so children will be encouraged to make new friends, especially with our new pupils, as well as remaining loyal to their old ones.

 

 

Thought for the month:   When one will not quarrel, two cannot.’

 

At home you might like to focus on bedtime stories in which ‘Friendship’ is the theme. Some good examples include ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers, ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes, ‘Frog and Toad are Friends’ by Arnold  Lobel.

 

As a family you could write your ‘Ten top tips’ for being a good friend and then everyone uses this as a check list and tries their best to live up to what you have agreed.

The value of the month for June is

Quality

 

    Last term’s months was understanding and this months value is

  Quality; both these values are linked to our new approach to learning which focuses on Growth Mindset:

 

    In Growth Mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities

    can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view

    creates a love of learning and a determination that is essential for

    great accomplishment. Virtually all people who’ve achieved top

    performance had these qualities. Research shows that people with

    this view reach higher levels of success than others without

    Growth Mindset beliefs. Teaching a growth mindset creates

    motivation, enhances relationships and increases achievement.

   We are only a short way on our journey, but we will keep you up to

   date with our developments. In the meantime, please see below, to

   consider some of the ways you can support the school and your

   children…

 

    

   How parents can help

    The simplest way to do this, and probably the most effective, is to

     praise effort and hard work – avoiding the simple, ‘you’re so

     clever’ statements. Say things like: I can see how hard you’ve

      worked etc.

    · Question the children’s approaches to all things they do – not

     just school work, using phrases like:

     - How could you do that differently?

     - What if you tried this instead?

     - Why do you think that?

     - What can you tell me about this?

     - Why did you choose that?

 

In the Quality Street tin which one reflects you?

 

         

                    which of these qualities do you have?     

      

 

 

The value of the month of May is ‘Understanding’.

 

The Values learning at Stonehill is very important to us and our ethos.

 During the month of May, we will be looking at the value of ‘Understanding’. We are asking the children to think carefully about what it means to be understanding and to be understood by others. 

Taking time to accept that people have different opinions from you, and that, although it may not end in agreement, they may have good reason to hold those opinions and if you put aside your point of view, and try to see things from the other person's point of view, you may realise that in certain situations, other people are not being unkind, they're probably just reacting to a situation, with the experience and knowledge they hold. We are asking them to reflect on how their how their actions and words can affect others and understand that what they do and say can affect how other people feel.

 

We will be encouraging the children to take time to really listen to the opinions and views of others in order to understand their point of view. We all want to be listened to and understood but it is also important to understand situations from the viewpoint of others.

 

We want them to think about the choices they make; to understand that how they choose to talk to others and to act towards others will affect how others respond to them.  We want them to show how they can be understanding towards others; taking time to listen to what their friends and family have to say.

 

At home, we hope that you will reinforce these thoughts.  For example, you may talk about what we mean by understanding; but also by modelling to your child good listening when they are telling you about something that has made them happy, excited or upset; so that they are able to see and feel what it is like to be valued and understood.

 

We are all individuals and have our own personalities, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses etc. 
This term our value, understanding, focuses us on being more tolerant and sympathetic of everyone in our school community.

 

 

Loving and Understanding

Little Sam was very excited as he stood in front of the pet store. There was a big sign above the glass door that read: “Cute Puppies Just For You”. He was finally going to get a puppy for himself. Both Daddy and Mommy had agreed to it. Their only condition was that he should take care of it and it shouldn’t go about dirtying the house. Taking a deep breath, Sam walked into the store. The owner was busy reading the newspaper. “How much do I need to buy a puppy, Uncle?” he asked. The store owner wasn’t sure if this little boy really wanted to buy a puppy as he was not accompanied by his parents. So, without looking at Sam, he replied, “Well, anything between £25 to £50. Don’t think you have it.” Sam dipped in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have only £20,” he said. Before the store owner could say anything more, Sam added: “Can I please take a look at them?” Something about this little boy touched a chord in the store owner’s heart. He smiled at Sam and whistled loudly. And lo! out of a big red kennel, which was in one corner of the store, ran out a big dog followed by five tiny balls of fur. They were the cutest things, little Sam had seen in the seven years of his life. However, Sam noticed that one little brown puppy was lagging far behind. Immediately, Sam singled out the limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with this little puppy?” The store owner explained that the little puppy didn’t have a hip socket and so it would always be lame. What astonished him, was the sparkle in Sam’s eyes. The little boy became excited. “Uncle, this is the puppy I want for myself.” The store owner said, “Sonny, you don’t want to buy that little dog. It’s a lame thing. What would you do with it? But, if you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.” Sam’s chubby face fell. The man could see that the little boy was upset. Sam looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give this puppy to me. His worth is as much as all the other puppies and I am going to pay full price for him.” The store owner was indeed taken aback. “In fact, I’ll give you £20 now, and 50 pence a month until I have him paid for,” continued Sam in a determined fashion. The store owner countered, “But little one, you are making a mistake. You really don’t want to buy this little dog for he will never be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies. Why don’t you choose one from the rest? I will give you a hefty discount.” To his astonishment, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pants to reveal a crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I cannot run very well myself, and this little puppy needs someone who will understand him. I want to be that special one for this special puppy.” With this Sam walked down the aisle of the store with the little lame puppy in his folded arms. He held his little head high in pride. All that the store owner could do was stare at his passing figure with tears in his eyes. This little boy’s understanding was so much more superior than the grown-ups.

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AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP

Once upon a time a flea saw an ox grazing in a pasture. He knew that oxen work for men in their farms. But he didn’t like it. He was proud that he fed on men’s blood and yet didn’t do anything for them. Approaching the ox, the flea asked, “How is it so that you work for men though you are quite big and strong? Look at me, I never do anything for them and yet feed on their blood though I am so small.” The ox was surprised to hear what the flea had said and replied, “If I work for men, they are very kind to me. They take care of mine in every way, feed me, shelter me and moreover, pat me on my back, head and neck out of love and affection. On the other hand, you feed on their blood and they are always up to destroy you.

Behaviour always counts            The End….

 

                                                                                  

 

 

Our Value for April is 

         HONESTY     

 

 

  • Telling the truth

 

  • Being true to oneself and others

 

  • Having integrity and using it in everyday life

 

In school we will be encouraging children to tell the truth even when they have done something wrong and could be in trouble. Our response to children who are honest will demonstrate that they needn’t be afraid of owning up to wrongdoing and that we always respect honesty and thank people for being honest. We will use the story of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket to show how important our consciences are. We will discuss the phrase

 

‘living a lie’ and explore the effect a ‘tissue of lies’ can have leading to greater and greater complications and situations which can be very difficult to sort out. Emphasis will also be placed upon the importance of saying ‘sorry’ and meaning it when in the wrong, which of course follows on from our March value of Truth.

 

 

Thought for the month:

                                ‘If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.’

 

Mark Twain

 

            "If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people”        .                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                 Virginia Woolf

 

At home you may like to examine the above’ thought for the month’ and discuss its meaning. Everyone in the family should make a special effort to be honest with each other this month and in the future. Honesty should be acknowledged in a positive way even though there may be a sanction involved for wrongdoing.

 

 

Help your child to find out why this plant is called honesty. Print a picture of it with your answer and show it to Mrs Whittemore in the Rainbow Room after the Easter holidays.

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Our Value for February is        Love

  • A feeling of deep affection

 

  • A great interest or pleasure in something

 

In school we will be concentrating on showing our love through friendship and celebrating Valentines day. This is probably the greatest of values. We will explore the real meaning of love and how you should show love for others by caring, respect and kindness. The children will be encouraged to spread love around through kind words and deeds and plenty of smiles. Acts of consideration and love for each other will be encouraged and acknowledged. We can be more loving to others by giving time, patience and attention to their needs. Our message will be that from a feeling of love comes happiness and we want every person in our school to feel loved and happy.

 

Thought for the month: ‘Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.’ Arthur Rubenstein

 

At home you could try to make the word ‘love’ a frequent part of your vocabulary so that everyone feels comfortable about expressing their feelings. Children could be encouraged to make something special ( eg. a card, biscuits or cake, a calendar) for someone they love for Valentines. Something made with love is always received with love.

You may like to use the internet with your children to explore the lives of people like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela who demonstrated unconditional love in their lives.

 

Enjoy a ‘loving’ family February 

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Our Value in January is: TOLERANCE

 

 

Tolerance is being able to respect the differences of others.
Different people see the same thing in different ways…
…and you have to respect that.

  • What does it mean to be tolerant?
  • Are you tolerant of others?
  • What do you do to show tolerance?

 

 

Tolerance means to tolerate or put up with differences. It means showing respect for the race, religion, age, gender, opinions, and ideologies of other people or groups

 

Think of someone who is different to you in some way; a way you don’t like very much or a way which makes you feel uncomfortable or unsure.

‘Tolerance’ is not responding to this person in a negative way. Not being mean or unkind or aggressive towards them.

 

You should be able to think about all of the values we have explored together to help you to be more tolerant towards people or things around you which are different and which you may be unsure about

 

Can you think of things or people who you find it hard to show TOLERANCE to?

 

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The VE celebrations are a testament to British values, if you would like to see some of the different events which have taken place, please click on the hyperlinks below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32679447  

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ve-day-70th-anniversary 

 

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/calendar-of-events/general/70th-anniversary-of-ve-day


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