UNICEF- Respecting Rights for Schools Award
This year we are working towards The Rights Respecting School Award. This is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children's rights; it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults.
UNICEF is a fantastic organisation which works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. We will be using Our Rights Respecting Schools Award to embed these values in daily school life and give our children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
In our classrooms and corridors we have created Rights Respecting displays which show what rights we are currently working on. Every term Year One will be picking 4 rights which we will explore and focus on daily, both in our classroom time and through outdoor play at breaktimes and lunchtimes. We have also created a class character which shows our 4 rights for the half term and what we will be doing to promote and support those rights in class. The children have also all signed the charter to show their promise and dedication to these 4 articles.
I have added some resources below at the bottom of the page to get you all started. There are posters with all the rights outlined and some wonderful resources to show you all about UNICEF, and lots more information about The Rights Respecting School Awards and Vision.
The 4 Articles we have chosen in Year One
3.11.2020- Lesson 1 UNICEF
Choosing our Articles
Today the children had their first lesson on UNICEF and learning about their Rights as a child. We began by watching a video about what UNICEF was all abut and discussed the meaning of the word 'rights' discussing how this is something all children should have or do. These could include having the right to medicine and healthcare, a free primary education or the right to be protected from harm, or danger.
We then looked at a picture with lots of different things happening to do with children and their rights- we discussed what we could see and from this picked our four articles or rights we will be focusing on for this half term. The children then drew and wrote the 4 rights we had chosen to show their understanding. Finally we drew up a class charter or promise which shows what we pledge to do as a class with these rights over this half term- all the children have signed this charter to show that they respect and support the rights they have as children. You can see our charter document if you scroll down below.
The 4 articles or rights we have chosen are:
If you go up on this page you can find PPTS with the 4 articles we have chosen which have lots more information and useful links about our 4 rights. You can look at them in lots of detail at home with your parents and find out more about them and what they mean. These resources will really help you to explore the rights at home and allow you to learn lots! We will be looking at the 4 articles we have chosen in more detail over the next few weeks through our UNICEF lessons, collective worship and English Reading lessons. We will also be creating a class display in our classroom and a corridor display so that the children can see just how important this work is for us which you can see if you scroll down below. I have added some further pictures below where you can see our first lesson and some of the beautiful work the children created.
9.11.2020- Lesson 2
Signing our Charter
Today the children had their second lesson on UNICEF and learning about their Rights as a child. We reviewed the 4 rights we had chosen and then looked back our charter or promise which shows what we pledge to do as a class with these rights over this half term. All the children then came forward and signed this charter to show that they respect and support the rights they have as children. They came and put their own sticker on with their colour or choice to represent themselves and their pledge. You can see photos of some of the children signing the charter with their stickers below. You can also see a picture of the class display we have created in our learning environment and the card for our corridor display.