Values Based Education
At Oughtrington, we actively practise Values-based Education as it encourages and supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing of every child and it is interwoven through every element of school life.
The positive learning environment is achieved through the values modelled by staff throughout our school. We pride ourselves on our fantastic relationships with our pupils, VbE is a vehicle for enhancing those relationships further thus enriching the teaching and learning time occurring in our classrooms.
We also believe that VbE provides social capacity to students, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.
Our values are: Kindness, Empathy, Uniqueness, Environmental Protection, Teamwork, Respect, Thankful, Healthy, Diversity, Community, Mindfulness and Reflection.
Here are some of our wonderful activities:
This was an excellent opportunity to invite members of the local community into school to talk to the children about their volunteering roles in the Lymm Community. Our guests included volunteers from Keep Lymm Clean, 2nd Oughtrington Brownies, Warrington Animal Rescue and our Chair of Governors. The Year 6 children relished the opportunity to visit the Community Centre for Luncheon Club and the Songbirds put on a fabulous Christmas concert. All pupils were given ‘Acts of Kindness’ cards on which parents noted kind acts completed at home. Staff also took part in this activity by carrying out acts of kindness for each other. One of our pupils even made the local newspaper with his amazing act of kindness!
We learnt about the importance of putting ourselves in somebody else’s shoes to imagine how they would feel. We looked at many different fiction books to identify how characters show empathy towards each other.
“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” – Barack Obama
Our newly appointed Eco-Monitors are ensuring we are an Eco friendly school. Members of Year 5 were lucky enough to visit Spud Wood to plant new trees. As part of their topic on Bangladesh, Year 2 learnt all about Bengal tigers and how they are an endangered species. The pupils wanted to help so they have adopted one of the tigers called Dalla! The adoption money will be used to combat poaching, increase the amount of prey for tigers to feed on, and to protect the tiger's habitat. We had an amazing day at Chester Zoo, where we learnt all about conservation and palm oil plantations.
We participated in lots of exciting activities which encouraged children to think about who they are thankful for and why. We also thought about people in the community who we would like to say 'thank you' to. A selection of children from each year group took on the role of a 'secret shopper'. Their mission was to identify children being thankful around the school and award them with a certificate.
We were lucky enough to have many special guests visit the school, including the Lymm Town Crier. The Year 5 classes thoroughly enjoyed inviting grandparents into class for their 'Through the decades' presentations. Outstanding artwork entries were also received for our 'Community' artwork competition.
Within this topic we celebrated our differences as well as discussing the importance of treating everyone with equal value. We studied artists from around the world, tasted foods from different countries and created a collage of all the countries that we have visited.
By focusing on this value we promoted skills which would assist the children to feel calmer, to learn more effectively and to think more clearly. Mindfulness ambassadors were chosen in each class to lead mini brain breaks. We have looked at simple breathing exercises and meditation through stories to help to maintain a positive, calm classroom environment.
Our aim was to inform and encourage all children to adopt a healthy lifestyle by promoting healthy eating, regular exercise and physical and mental well-being. There were lots of exciting taster sessions happening throughout the school including cricket, tennis and kick boxing. We ran a 'Healthy Snack' competition and began our 'Walk to School' initiative with Oughty walking bus. Families were encouraged to join in with the BBC 'Super Movers' videos as part of a fun weekly homework task .
This theme was valuable for the final term, as we could reflect upon our successes from this academic year and set goals for the next.