Rights Respecting School
As part of our topic this term, we will be focusing on diversity and the Rights of the Child. Our class novel is ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.
“Kensuke’s Kingdom is a very interesting book because the characters are travelling around the world. They visit various countries and will hear different languages.”
“Diversity means people are different and have their own opinions and looks. We are all different. The characters in Kensuke’s Kingdom are different and all interesting”
We have been busy creating Class Charters this week. We worked together and shared our ideas to select the rights we wanted to include in our charter. We wanted them to be a reminder of the rights we have in our classroom and in our school.
Here are some comments the class have made about our Class Charter.
“Having our Class Charter will help people know their rights and responsibilities.”
“We included all our ideas in our Class Charter. We did this using a place mat and wrote down our ideas. We shared our thoughts and opinions with the class.”
“We were born with rights and we will always have them. Everyone in the world has rights.”
“In class we watched a PowerPoint all about Class Charters. We were learning why a charter is important.”
As part of Rights Respecting Schools, our class has created a class charter. A class charter is an agreement between the pupils and staff, in a class, about the rights and responsibilities which they believe are the most important and relevant to their class.
In Primary 6/7 we looked at all the UN Rights of the Child and selected the most relevant for our class. Next we discussed and created the children’s responsibilities for each article and then the adults’ responsibilities.
|Child’s Responsibility||Right||Adults’ Responsibility|
|· Respect and listen to other people.
· Share ideas with Pupil Council representatives.
|Article 12 – children have the right to have a say in all matters affecting them.
|· Respect and listen to all children.
· Allow Pupil Council members time to listen to ideas and feedback.
|· Always try our best.
· Concentrate and listen to the teacher.
·Ask for help.
· Practise and persevere.
|Article 28 – every child has the right to an education.
|· Make lessons fun and interesting.
·Offer help and advice.
·Use a range of teaching resources –writing, textbook, games and computers.
|·Try new things.
· Encourage others.
· Show respect to everyone’s abilities and talents.
|Article 29 – education must develop a child’s personality, talent and abilities to the full.
|·Give time to showcase talents, abilities and achievements.
|· Accept people for who they are.
· Include everyone.
· Respect the playground charter and classroom rules.
|Article 31 – every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of activities.
|·Provide a safe environment for play.
·Make sure everyone is included.
·Provide opportunities for breaks/rest
Following this we created a fantastic class charter display to showcase our work.
“We looked at all the articles and chose the most relevant ones.” Ollie
“It’s good to have a class charter because we are learning all about our rights and it helps us to behave” Shannon
“The class charter is the responsibility that we have as a class as well as the adults in relation to the rights we have.” Tiegan
“A class charter is something that explains some of the rights and responsibilities in our class.” Rory
“For our class charter we all talked about the rights we have in class and how these might be used in different situations.” Wiktoria
“A class charter is an agreement of the rights and responsibilities we have in class.” Arran
In class, we have been exploring Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.”
We were interested in learning more about this article as we had included it in our Class Charter.
“We discussed what we thought the words in Article 29 meant.”
“Using a placemat, we wrote down what our own talents and abilities were. We shared them with the rest of the group, and then with the class.”
“We thought of ways that we could develop our talents while respecting others and caring for our environment.”
“It is important to try your best when you are developing your talents.”
“You should not give up, try hard and have confidence.”
The Parable of the Talents
“After exploring Article 29, in RME we looked at The Parable of the Talents. This is a story from the Bible.”
“We learned that one servant dug a hole in the ground and buried his talent. He didn’t do anything with it.”
“Long ago, people used weights instead of coins. One weight was called a talent. It was a lot of money.”
“After learning about The Parable of the Talents, we were able to choose which follow up activity we wanted to do. It was really interesting getting a choice.”
“We all discussed what we thought the meaning of the parable was.”
The class charter helps us to be healthy and give us an education.
The class charter helps us with the different rights. It encourages us to behave and if you don’t, it takes away the right to education from everyone.
Some of the rights on the charter are the rights to have an education and to privacy.
The class charter helps us to keep safe and to think about others. It is always there if you need to look at it to remember your responsibilities and rights.
I like how it shows us our rights so we can look up to see what rights we have. I think the class charter is similar to golden time encouraging children not to misbehave.
It helps us remember our rights and responsibilities.
It gives us the right to express our opinions and not to be judged on how we think.
It’s not just got the child’s responsibilities but also the adults’ responsibilities.
It’s the rights for all of us; if you don’t follow the rights it’s not fair on us all.
A few weeks ago the Rights Respecting School Team were discussing how we could improve our school playground. Each representative asked their class for ideas and shared them at our meeting. From this we created common themes and worked with some PSAs to create our charter. The charter has created a shared set of values for our school and playground.
The RRS team decorated designs and the whole school voted. The winner was revealed at the assembly last week.
This was the winning design! The signs have been made and they have been popped up in our school; 1 in the playground and 2 on the field.
You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life. We looked at the LaunchPad to develop our knowledge and then we got to create flags to show inclusion.
- “We went onto the LaunchPad and we found out that all rights are for everyone.”
- “I’ve learned a new article.”
- “I learned Article 23- you have the right to have everything you.”
- “We all got put into partners and we created lots of different flags.”
- “I think we should put them around the school so everyone knows they are included.”
Last week was our Health Week. We completed lots of activities to help develop and build upon our knowledge and skills in Health.
We completed an orienteering task where we had to find all the different sugary drinks and work out the sugar content. We used our mapping skills to find all of the clues.
- “I enjoyed orienteering because we got to find lots of things and we had to circle 5 of the least sugary drinks.”
- “Our team won because we chose the lowest sugary drinks.”
We had the overall winners in P2/3! Well done 🙂 For their prize they got to make healthy juices with Mr Ross.
Article 23- You have the right to everything you need to feel included.
We learned how to sign the alphabet in Makaton with Mrs Renton. We all signed our names and it was good learning a new skill. Ask the children to show you at home. They were very good at it.
- “I showed my Dad the whole alphabet without the sheet.”
- “I learned how to sign my name without the sheet.”
What a super Sports Day; everyone completed the races and behaved really well. A great afternoon with lots of budding athletes.
- “I liked long jump because it was really fun.”
- “I liked the javelin because it was fun.”
- “I enjoyed boxing because I learnt new moves.”
- “My favourite activity was the javelin because we threw them very far.”
- “My favourite was Dancemania because we got to do different dances.”
- “I loved yoga because it was nice and relaxing.”
- “”Dancemania was great because we learned new dance moves.”
- “I loved the circuits and everyone was amazing.”
- “We got to play sports games on the computer.”
- “I liked doing the step ups for circuits.”
- “I learned different names of the skeleton.”
- “I learned that the part of your back is called the spine.”
The Rights group presented an assembly explaining the new Playground Charter.
- “It will help with our behaviour.”
- “I think it looks really colourful and people will read it.”
Pupil Council shared Mrs MacGilvray’s Marathon interviews and we got to watch the fabulous presentation from the Gymnastics team.
We all worked in our house teams to complete the water bucket challenge. There was great team spirit and lots of laughs. Excellent afternoon!
For the last two weeks the Primary 5 children have been introducing the Primary 2s to Powerpoint. They have worked together to make a PowerPoint presentation about Rights! While one half of the class were on the computers, the other half worked with their buddies to create a Rights poster!
‘Last week my buddy and me got lots of pictures to do with rights and put them in our powerpoint.’ Emma
‘We changed the background of our powerpoint so that it was grey. We typed sentences and we put in the rights we have, like the right to play and rest.’ Ewen
‘I worked with my buddy to make a poster. I put the rights in bubble writing and I coloured them in.’ Stewart
‘I worked with my buddy to put in pictures about rights. We also wrote a title and a little bit of information about writes underneath.’ Isla
- It was fun learning about the refugees in Syria, what happens to them when they have to leave and the journey they go on.
- I enjoyed doing the assembly, singing a Gaelic song as well as an English song, we did something different to other assemblies, and it was fun.
- It was good learning about something serious but also having fun at the same time.
- It was fun performing on the stage with lots of people watching.
- It was fun learning about where the refugees live, where they go and what they have to go through.
- I enjoyed learning about the different rights in the convention.
- I liked learning about the refugees and seeing how their life is so different to ours.
- Learning about the refugees made you think about what it would be like to live like that.
On Friday the RRS group went to Lochardil Primary to meet their Rights Group who were called ‘Unikids’. This was a great opportunity for us to share what we have done so far and hear about their journey. We would like to say a big Thank You to Lochardil Primary and the ‘Unikids’ as they were very welcoming and gave us some great advice to help us towards our Level 1 award. The group gave us a tour around the school and showed us their classrooms and playground charters. This was really helpful as classroom charters are on our agenda for this year. We have invited the ‘Unikids’ to come to Holm Primary next time. We are delighted to have started this partnership and we are looking forward to helping each other on our Rights journeys.
- “I would like the Unikids to come to us next time.”
- “I enjoyed going to Lochardil and sharing our ideas to their rights group. We also learned from them as they shared their ideas.”
- “It was good to meet with another school to see what they have been doing.”
- “I liked meeting new people from another school.”
- “It was great when they showed us around their classrooms and told us what they have done for rights.”
- “I enjoyed meeting their group.”
- “I liked finding out about how they got their award.”
- “I enjoyed seeing their class charters because they included lots of rights in them.”
- “I enjoyed seeing what they do because it gave us some new ideas.”
The children were a credit to the school and their families; they were extremely polite, asked interesting questions and represented the school fantastically! Well done RRS group 🙂