WLS VALUES EDUCATION

Values Education is a basic element of all of the work of our school, therefore we are delighted to announce we were awarded the Values Mark in July 2010 and were re-accredited in December 2013.

'Values' are principles that act as guides to our behaviour and provide reference points in decision making. They are essential to all human relationships and are especially important in creating a positive, successful and happy school.

'Values Education' is about understanding what is important to us individually, within our families and as a whole school community.

'Values Education' is therefore a community activity that depends on shared understanding and respect. The role of parents is fundamental.

At WLS we are clear about the values we wish to share and we work closely with parents to encourage all of our children to develop clear values for themselves.

Over the course of a year, we study 11 key values:

RESPONSIBILITY - September
Responsibility is about thinking before you act and being accountable for your actions. It is also paying attention to others and responding to their needs.
RESPECT - November
Respect is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins learning through behaviour and our attitudes to the people and the world around us.
CO-OPERATION - January
Co-operation is about working together towards a common goal, working together with patience and mutual respect. Someone who co-operates receives co-operation.
APPRECIATION - March
Appreciation is an expression of thanks and gratefulness. Children will talk about acknowledging other people and responding to them for who they are and what they do.
TRUST / HONESTY - May
We look at trust between friends and how children can and should trust adults, particularly when they have problems. Honesty includes doing the right thing.
FRIENDSHIP - October
The teaching and learning focuses on what makes a good friendship, what to do if you fall out with friends, how best to resolve conflict and respecting the different opinions and feelings of friends.
LOVE - December
Children are given time to think about who shows us love in our lives and what signs of love we see every day. We talk about the importance of loving ourselves so we can  love others.
PATIENCE - February
Patience is being able to wait for things to happen rather than them happen immediately. Turn taking will be emphasised as will not interrupting others and controlling frustrations.
CARING - April
Children will learn  about caring for themselves and others, including pets. They will also look at the importance of caring for possessions and the environment.
HAPPINESS - June
We look at how happiness means different things to different people and how we can be happy. This could be  learning new things, finishing something, giving, receiving, and helping others.
COURAGE - July
Courage is not giving up, being willing to take risks, standing up for what you think is right, and being true to yourself. It is also facing the unknown or difficulties with confidence and determination.