Appreciation

This month’s value word is Appreciation – thinking about this value it is clear that it is something that is highly regarded at Bells Farm and one way that we show our appreciation is through our school blog. Though the blogs we show appreciation for the work that others have done and we celebrate all our learning. By showing our work on the blogs we allow others to appreciate just how hardworking the children at Bells Farm are.

We also show our appreciation through our excellent work and star assemblies – it is wonderful to see how much we really have to appreciate at Bells Farm!

Freedom

Our value word for November is Freedom – this links very nicely into our work during anti-bullying week where the slogan was ‘All different – All equal’.

At Bells Farm we have discussed how sometimes people are bullied for being different – be that having a different religion, speaking a different language, coming from a different country or even having a different family to other people. It is important that everyone has the freedom to be who they want to be without fear of being bullied – it’s our differences that make us interesting and are something to be celebrated!

At Bells Farm we welcome that freedom and we welcome everyone!

Tolerance

The value work of tolerance is about accepting others, their opinions, beliefs and life choices. This quote sums this up completely. We need to accept that we are all different and it is through this acceptance that love can grow.

Democracy

This month in assembly Mrs Knipe is going to be looking at Democracy and she will be asking a few questions.

What is democracy?
Do we have democracy in this country?

We will be learning about situations where it is important to get other people’s points of view and what happens if only one person’s opinion is allowed.

Respect

Year 4 have been discussing this month’s values word – Respect. You can read some of their comments on the blogs.
It is great to read about all the different ways that they found to show and give respect. There was respect for others, including adults and friends. What was wonderful to read as well was their understanding of the respect we should show people regardless of their faith or race and the acknowledgement of people’s rights to live their lives how they wish.

Have a look at this clip all about respect:

Courage

This month’s values word is Courage. We have seen the courage of people over the last few weeks with the events that have happened in London and Manchester and we have seen how courageous our emergency services have been as well as the general public. It is not always easy to do things such as standing up to others or speaking out when you see something wrong – but it is important that we do so.

Perseverance

This month our value word is Perseverance. I have seen many examples of this throughout the school. Year 6, who, throughout the year have persevered with their learning which culminated in all their hard work being put to good use in last week’s SATs. Children in all year groups persevering with learning their number clubs and children in Year 1 persevering and following a recipe to create some cakes.

Perseverance is also one of our learning behaviours and something that we encourage every day in our learning.

Friendship

The value word for the month of April is Friendship – while looking at the blogs this week I came across some lovely work from Year 4 who were discussing friendship during circle time. Have a read here of all the lovely comments they made about Friendship.

Honesty

‘Honesty is the best policy’ that is a phrase that we hear a lot but at Bells Farm it is vitally important. As a Peacemakers school we encourage everyone to tell the truth and to be honest. We have come to realise that by doing so problems can be sorted out much quicker and easily. Little lies can often grow into huge problems for everyone! I am pleased to say that a lot of children in school now realise that honesty is in fact the best policy – well done!!

Year 2 Toucans had a very sensible discussion about honesty during Circle Time this week. We discussed times when we had been honest when we had done something wrong, here are some of their ideas. See their full blog about their discussion – click here.

Caring

This month our value word is Caring – Year 3 were asked how they would show a caring attitude at school. They discussed all the little things that they could do to show that they care. They came up with a map of ideas – have a look at all the lovely ideas they thought of.

Year 3 discussion about caring

Showing that we care can be done in many ways BIG or small – just holding a door open or asking if someone has had a nice day. Think of ways in which you can show you care this month – you never know someone might show they care for you too!