British Values, Picture News and Children's Rights

British Values and Picture News
Learning from the world around us! 
Each week a current news story is chosen accompanied by an image and a thought-provoking question to explore during assembly time. We use the Picture News resources that are sent weekly as a base and adapt them to suit the needs our children.
Each news story is  linked to British Values and we also make links (where relevant) to our school values. 
We have also begun to learn about Children's Rights as detailed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our school council are leading on this in school and we are also focusing on children's rights in assemblies too.
See below for our assembly timetable this term and an assembly example.
 
Currently, we are meeting twice a week in a well ventilated hall.

School Charter - Rights Respecting School

Our whole school contributed to choosing these five articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to focus on.

Article 12 - Right to a Voice, Article 15 - Right to meet with friends and join clubs, Article 28 - Right to an education, Article 29 - Right to be the best you can be and Article 31 - Right to relax and play.

Our whole school learnt about many rights in assemblies. In assembly, we made a long-list of the rights the children wanted to focus on in school and then School Council: Rights Ambassadors chose the final five.
 
Following this a whole school charter was created– an agreement, with all signing up to respect our own and other’s rights. This was designed by our School Council: Rights Ambassadors. Children chose handprints in the shape of a rainbow to reflect being part of the Rainbow MAT family and handprints to be inclusive. All children in our school could sign up with a handprint.

Children do not have any responsibility in order to access their rights as rights are unconditional.

Children are the Rights Holders and adults are the Duty Bearers to uphold children’s rights.

Our charter is not a set of rules, but is a visual reminder of our agreement; to strive to develop responsible behaviours through respecting our rights and those of others.

Penponds School is a Rights Respecting School.