Children’s Views on Values
Q: What impact do you think the values have had on you?
|It has changed my learning.||Positive approach to me.||Means I can deal with their feelings better.||Helped me be more aware of my own behaviour and become a nicer person.||Made me more aware about helping people.|
|When I’ve got upset and angry, I’ve thought about the values and calmed down.||To show a value you have to do a value.||The values help you to help your friends make up after an argument.||They have taught me how to behave in life.||The values have made us think more about our actions.|
|Courage – it has helped to become something you haven’t before.||It has given me confidence because everyone is doing the same thing.||Perseverance in music lessons and street dance.||Opening doors for people – showing respect.||Courage – to have a go.|
|Determination – to be the best I can be.||Helps me to have a good day.||Develops my understanding so that I have values when I grow up.||Shown me how to be kind and people will like us better.||Values have helped me in life and what to do.|
Q: What impact do you think the values have had at school?
|We are friendlier towards each other.||Being positive.||Co-operating with each other.||Made me feel safer at school.||Everyone is friendlier and there is less rudeness and arguing.|
|Whole school is happier and there are less disagreements.||Playground feels safer and more fun.||Less children are left out of games in the playground.||The classroom us a happier and calmer place.||Perseverance – we are more able to face problems in learning and overcome them.|
|We use the values we learn about to make the school a better place.||We use the values to make friends.||Values help us learn.||I think having a new topic every month helps us to learn it.||Values helps us in everyday life.|
|One a month means we can learn what it actually means.||When we learnt about the value of friendship it made us think about how to treat others.||We need to remember to respect our lovely playground – we are very lucky to have such great resources.||We used them in STEM week – working with new people.||People are treating people the way they want to be treated.|
|It helps to give a good understanding for the reasons why someone may be upset.||The values have given us an idea of how to co-operate.||They have helped us care for school property.||They give us a boost of reassurance.||Perseverance and determination – you get a challenge and overcome it.|
|Appreciation – friends and kindness.||Assemblies – less telling off and more celebrating.||Values help motivate and encourage others.||School is a more united place.||People feel they are asked to join in more in playing.|
|In the MUGA – better co-operation.||In the lunch hall – more people are saying thank you to the kitchen staff.||A better approach to learning in class.||We are more polite.||Perseverance in climbing the playground equipment.|
|If you are struggling you know not to give up.||Co-operation with partner work.||Perseverance with table tennis – friends encouraged.||Independence – starting putting hand up in class.||Values have helped me with my maths learning.|
|Appreciation – helped me to acknowledge when people have done something for me.||Playing with new children in the school and making sure you say “hello”.||We show tolerance in the playground.||It has helped with positivity on the MUGA.||We are becoming better human beings.|
Q: What impact do you think the values have had at home?
|Spend more time with my brother and stop fighting him.||I help mum or dad with cooking or taking out the rubbish.||I am more thoughtful at home now.||Responsibility – cleaning my room.||Taking seeds home to grow.|
|Helping my sister at home playing games.||Helping mum folding all the clothes||I am more aware of others feelings.||The values have helped us at home with sharing.||Respect – respecting property.|
|Equality – sharing with people in your family.||Arguing less with siblings.||More honest about faults at home.||More caring for the environment.||Perseverance for piano practise.|
|Positivity – being positive with my mum.||I now think about other people in the world not just at school.||I have a better understanding of what’s happening around the school.||Values have helped me learn at home as well as school.||I help with the dishes at home and have a responsibility chart.|
Q: Any values you think we need to explore that aren’t on our list?
Parents’ Views on Values
I have realised this education has impacted on **** learning and attitude, especially the aspects of thoughtfulness, appreciation and perseverance. We talked about how the classmates can play nicely when she was struggling with some different opinions the classmates had for playing. *** doesn’t want anyone to become sad. As to perseverance, *** has practised playing the trumpet and recorder well at home. She repeated some notes until she could get them. **** has shown her appreciation by writing letters saying “thank you”.
***** was already aware of “values” in school, as Moss Hall Infants do this too. However, I think as a Junior pupil, she now has a better understanding of what these values mean and why they are so important. It’s great that Moss Hall are teaching this.
The positive impact of the “values” for ****has been for her to realise how essential they are for getting on with others and for understanding how she should behave. However, when I asked ****about the “values”, she feels that a lot of other pupils don’t seem to follow them, so perhaps this understanding will take time!
I think these are important and we definitely reinforce them at home. For example when *** joined *** we talked about making her feel welcome and including her which I think *** and her friends have done. It’s difficult to say how or if they’ve impacted her learning but I’m sure that these values will stand them in good stead for the future, increasing their awareness at a young age can only be a good thing.
We have seen ***** becoming more independent as she performs her tasks herself. She also takes responsibility for her regular tasks, eg study. She is caring, we see her care for her little sister. Her argumentative behaviour on many things has gone away which is an indication of growing thoughtfulness and respect for us.
*** has taken responsibility for her own learning by doing “writing practice” and RM Easimaths at home. She has discussed values at home and demonstrated her understanding of how they may apply to her. *** has appreciated all the activities we have done over the holidays.
**** has been talking about the importance of positive thinking with her grandma, and how it will overcome negativity. She said she gets less frustrated when learning new musical pieces on her violin because she knows that with perseverance she will master it. She thinks it is very important to show respect both to others but also to respect oneself. Her favourite value is equality, recognising that whatever our differences are, we are all the same. These values are reinforced by her cub scout group and we see ***** practising them every day. These values should guide her throughout her life.
We’ve noticed ***** having more respect, kind and trying to be positive. Very caring. He says he loves helping to look after ****.
****has noticed these values every day in her class and tries to use them in her daily life and routines at school. She usually makes good behaviour choices anyway so these values serve as a reminder and reinforce good behaviour on occasion. We have discussed these at home when I see them in the weekly newsletter.
Staff Views on Values
Mentioning values to the children whenever possible makes them take a much more mature attitude to school life. They also respond better to praise when they have proven to follow values like cooperation, respect and so on…
I find the values really useful whenever a child does not make the right behaviour choices. It empowers the adult’s position and provides the children with something more concrete and tangible to reflect upon. As a parent, I have used them at home as a reminder of different choices that people can make and of what the consequ4ences can be if values are not followed in everyday life.
The students have loved learning about the values and always share when they have either shown a particular value or have seen others displaying our values in the classroom and in the playground. As a class teacher, it’s lovely having a positive set of “guidelines” we can constantly refer to reinforce positive behaviour choices – also great that it is consistent across the school.
As a class, we have been using a “random acts of kindness” box which they love.
I think the values posters were a great idea. I decided to put my ones up on the wall in the office so I could share with all.
Also a few of the positivity sayings that were put into our pigeonholes every day, I found personal to me.
The children’s behaviour has always improved and they go out of their way to demonstrate each value.
For some, it has even taught them new vocabulary and they can all clearly explain what each value means and the best ways to show it.
I believe it has also allowed me to build a better relationship with my class.
Children are polite and helpful when they come to the office. They will offer to hold the doors for me when I am moving around the school and most of them greet me in a friendly and respectful manner if they pass me in the corridor.
Useful for reinforcing g and challenging behaviour in a positive way.
Children are able to self-reflect on their behaviour better and in a more positive manner.
I think by highlighting these values it allows the children to think and reflect on their behaviours and attitudes.
From a Teaching Assistant’s point of view, it has given me another point for precise praise, i.e. I love the way you have shown perseverance.