THE AIMS OF THE RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS AWARD
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
Unicef 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. Achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award will mean we have embedded these values in daily school life and given children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working towards developing how we talk about rights. Children can show their understanding of Rights by discussing personal and global matters with the people around them. To help your discussions at home here are some ideas for you to talk about . . .
Team Unicef were created as the Steering Group for the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Included in our team are some committed adults to help the children raise awareness of local and global issues the children should get involved in knowing, understanding and helping.
As a group we have met to talk about the Convention of the Rights of the Child, put up posters to display the rights and talked to groups of KS1 and Reception children to find out what they have learnt so far.
All classes have completed their class charters.
This means we are explaining our classroom rules in terms of rights, for example:
The Right: All children have the right to say what they think.
The Action: Put up your hand to take a turn to talk.
The Respect: Listen to other children who wish to say what they think too.
Our class charters are up in our classrooms displaying what our children have learned, and what they feel they want to make important in their daily lives. The words we have written are words we want the children to be using in their everyday language.
RIGHTS. RESPECT. EVERYONE. WORLD. BETTER. SAY. THINK. BELIEVE. ENTITLED.
Try looking at the charters online with your child. Talk to them about what rights they feel are important right now.
Get Together and Get Talking!
Below are some of the Children's Rights we have been talking about in our classrooms. It is important we talk about these things at home so have a go -
Look at the pictures and use the questions to prompt a discussion. What do you think?
What does your child think?
All children have the right to protection from work
that is bad for your health or education.
While we were at school today, we know that, there are children in places round the world that were not. Some of these children do not go to school because they go to work.
Looking at the photos above . . .
What work is being done by these children?
How can the work affect their bodies and health?
How is not going to school affecting their learning?
How should governments be helping these children?
What can a government do to stop children being in these situations?
Children at Hall Green Infants have been thinking about why they come to school.
We have discussed what they enjoy while at school and how all the staff make them feel safe.
We have also begun to think about those who do not enjoy their right to go to school and become more aware of places in the world where access to a school is difficult for many reasons. Talk with your child about some of the pictures below, they all show journey's children take to school.
All children have the right to say what they think.
All classes have made this an important feature of our class charters and use it in our lessons when reminding each other to put our hands up and listen to other children.
What can you do at home?
Have you ever watched Tangled? Try it!
Have you thought about how Rapunzel was locked in a tower?
Did the witch think it was okay to kidnap Rapunzel?
Did the witch listen to Rapunzel and help her live her best life?
Rapunzel's rights were violated when she was taken from her family.
Look at some popular films you enjoy at home - what rights are enjoyed or violated?
Ask your child and discuss . . .
What do you play at home or school?
Who do you play with?
What do you do when you don't have someone to play with?
Who are the Friendship Squad?
What do you think it would be like to never have any playtime?