British Values and Picture News
Learning from the world around us!
Article 17: All children have the right to information from the media. Children must be protected from materials that could cause harm.
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, Children's Rights and we also make links (where relevant) to our school values.
We have 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.
Visit our Personal Development Page too, to see us living out our rights of the child for ourselves and ensuring other children around the world receive their rights too.
See below how we celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III - living out British Values at Penponds
Rights Respecting Schools Award - Bronze accreditation
Today we received notification that all of our work on raising the awareness and teaching explicitly about children's rights has been recognised by UNICEF! They have awarded us our Bronze award and have also asked us to send in evidence already towards the silver award, because they think we have already achieved this!
Huge thanks to our School Council: Rights Ambassadors and all the children and staff of Penponds.
Right to a Voice - Article 12
Carn Brea class lived out their right to a voice by writing a class letter to Mrs Bailey to request to go to the beach to support their topic learning. See the letter and the reply below.
School Charter - Rights Respecting School
Article 2: All children have the right to their RIGHTS - no matter what!
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.
Developing the Rainbow Promise
School councillors from across the Rainbow schools went to a special meeting tasked with creating a list of 30 things you will do/experience/achieve in your time at one of our Rainbow Schools. The list was full of wonderful ideas from the children and the final article will be shared soon! Watch this space! Thank you School Councillors: Rights Ambassadors!