Learning about rights
At Four Elms, our values underpin everything that we do. Being a rights respecting school has helped us to ensure that our value of ‘respect’ is given a priority and is an integral part of the school’s improvement. We are proud that our recent OFSTED report, in which we achieved “outstanding” for Behaviours and Attitudes, stated that ‘Pupils know that they have rights and so do others’.
At the start of each term we have a rights day where the whole school focuses on one right. They share their learning in assemblies and with other classes. Previously these rights days have been centered around the Four Elms tree of rights (a small group of rights that we primarily focus on), however, we have covered rights which are not on our Four Elms tree of rights. All classrooms have a class charter which adults and pupils refer to. Displays around the school promote the relevant articles and showcase our current campaign based on Article 2. On the playground, the playground charter is referred to. The impact of all of this is that children and adults know the rights and make reference to their rights frequently. Adults and children have the confidence to talk about rights. Pupils are able to make links between global and local issues and their rights.
Within the curriculum, rights are linked to experiences and discrete subject areas. This is detailed on the experience rationales which are sent home to you.