At Oakley Infant School, we put the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything we do. It is embedded in the school ethos, aims, values and curriculum. It is evident in the relationships and language of rights and respect between all members of our school’s community.
We believe that happy and safe children are better learners.
At Oakley Infant School we value pupil voice. Every other week the RRE Ambassador focus group meets to discuss future school events, class and school issues and focus areas for whole school improvement
The children have chosen particular rights which they feel are important to them and have formed the school's focus rights.
- The right to share what you think with others and for adults to listen (Article 12, 13, 14).
- The right to reliable information from a variety of media sources, provided in a way which children can understand (Article 17).
- The right to safe water, nutritious food and a clean and safe environment (Article 24).
- The right to a home (Article 27).
- The right to good quality education (Article 28) and an education that helps you use and develop your talents and abilities (Article 29).
- The right to play and rest (Article 31).
- The right to a family (Article 5,9,10,18).
We have been considering how we can play our part in 'ending plastic pollution', the theme of Earth Week 2018.
Did you know??
If the world continues to use plastic at the current rate, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050!
Could you recycle, reuse or reduce plastic in your house to help end plastic pollution?
Visit the website for more information at: https://www.earthday.org/
In the Spring term, the RRE Ambassadors are focusing on the Right to a home (Article 27) and the Right to Protection (Articles 21, 22, 32, 33, 36, 39).
We have been lucky enough to explore the Refugee resources box from RADE (the Race and Diversity Centre) in Winchester. During class circle times and assemblies we have explored the topic of Refugees through real life stories and brand new beautifully illustrated books. We have considered what experiences and difficulties these people face to strive for a better, safer life and how we would feel if we were in their shoes.
A new Focus Right
At Oakley Infant School 'E-Safety', is taught explicitly in every year group and referred to throughout the year.
Children learn how to stay safe online; judge whether information is reliable and get information which is important to their health and well-being.
In the digital world in which we live, E-Safety is essential to keeping children safe and happy.
For this reason, Article 17 of the UNCRC - 'Access to information; mass media' has been added to the focus rights of the school.
Article 17 states that 'Children have the right to get information that is important to their health and well-being. Governments should encourage mass media – radio, television, newspapers and Internet content sources – to provide information that children can understand and to not promote materials that could harm children. Mass media should particularly be encouraged to supply information in languages that minority and indigenous children can understand. Children should also have access to children’s books.'
Our E-Safety Woodland animal- Harry Hedgehog has now arrived.
This term he is visiting Holly and Sycamore Year 1 children.
Rights Respecting Parents' Tip!
TRY IT TUESDAY!
Try to do something new once a week, it doesn’t have to be on a Tuesday! Ideas include tasting a new food (ideally 15 - 20 times before you can decide if you really like it!) to trying a new task, such as tying shoelaces!
Rights Respecting Family Photo Competition!
We would like to thank all those families that took part and shared their photographs of their children demonstrating different articles or rights from the UN Charter of Children’s Rights.
The winner of the family ticket to Paulton's Park is Edward Tucknott and his family for his photograph representing the right to nutritious food. Edward and his brother collected grocery items each day during December and on Christmas Eve they took the box to the food bank in Basingstoke. Edward carried his box into the centre and gave it to the volunteers and watched it get weighed. Edward's parent's talked about how children have a right to food but that not everyone can afford this. A wonderful act of kindness and a superb way to demonstrate the right to nutritious food.
***Have you seen our new RRE noticeboard in the playground? Take a look to keep up to date with all the goings on in school and to find out the latest news about our RRE curriculum.***