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.

During Autumn 1, we focused on the value of Being Thankful. 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. 

                                                   

Community was our value throughout Autumn 2.  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.

               

Our value for Spring 1 was ‘Diversity’. 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.

For Spring 2 we chose ‘Mindfulness’ as our value. By focusing on this value we aim to promote skills which will assist the children to feel calmer, to learn more effectively and to think more clearly. Mindfulness ambassadors have been 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 value for Summer 1 was 'Healthy'.  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 . 

Finally our Summer 2 value was 'Reflection'. 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.  Our activities focussed on the ideas that:

 

Reflection is thinking carefully about our learning and actions

Reflection is getting to know our own strengths and weaknesses

Reflection is having quiet time with myself and others