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Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

27 September 2020
 Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

Emily Latham

Reception Teacher

 

A value is a principle that guides our behaviour and our thinking. Incorporating values into schools has many positive outcomes. Evidence shows that by instilling values into students throughout their time in education, schools can achieve multi-faceted development across areas such as intellectual, physical, spiritual and ethical learning. The values we encompass at Wellington are kindness, respect, courage, responsibility and integrity.

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

The Wellington values coincide greatly with our Early Years’ curriculum and can be evidenced in all the seven learning areas. They are, however, more present in our prime areas; ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’and ‘Physical Development’. Here is how we have explored the values in Reception throughout the last couple of weeks:

 

KINDNESS

We have been reading the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ By Marcus Pfister. The children have enjoyed talking about ‘sharing’ and practising sharing with their friends. For our weekly craft, all children made a paper shell, decorated with colour and sparkles. They each gave their shell to a friend as an act of kindness. They felt very proud of themselves and have learnt how good ‘giving’ can feel. Keep sharing, Reception!

 

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

RESPECT

After reading ‘The Paper Dolls’ in school, we made our own dolls. The children decorated their doll with their own photograph and some pictures of things that they enjoy. We talked about how special our ‘doll’ is to us, and how we would feel if somebody broke it or hurt it. We have been exploring how to respect ourselves as well as others through this activity.

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

COURAGE

When we first entered our new classroom, we were all feeling a little bit shy. To help us feel brave and full of courage, we participated in weekly ‘Show and Tell’ sessions. Children brought their favourite toy or item into school and took turns showcasing them to the class. They bravely stood up and described their toy/item. After doing so, they received a huge round of applause from very supportive classmates.

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

RESPONSIBILITY

We have been practising this value every day. The children are getting much better at recognizing the ‘Tidy up’ song and understanding how to care for toys and tools they use in the classroom. They are trying hard to be responsible for their own belongings and are starting to wash hands and make their own beds without reminders. Keep up the great work, Reception!

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

INTEGRITY

Every day during circle time, the classes discuss how to be a kind friend and what words and actions they could use to be polite. They discuss when it is appropriate to say please, thank you and sorry and practise some different scenarios using role play.

 

Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education
Values Week in the Nest | What comes first in education

 

Children will continue to develop their understanding of the Wellington values throughout their school life as teachers continue to discuss, model and observe the values in their practice. Through repetition and reinforcement, this will become a learnt behaviour thus creating positive moral values for children to carry with them into adult life. 

 

References: 

(Balaji, R., 2013) ‘Value Based Education: Professional Development Vital Towards Effective Integration’. 

Retrieved from: https://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jrme/papers/Vol-1%20Issue-1/D0111720.pdf?id=1651

(DfE, 2017). The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. 

Retrieved from:  [https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf]  

Weibell, C. J. (2011). Principles of learning: 7 principles to guide personalized, student-centered learning in the technology-enhanced, blended learning environment. Retrieved from: [https://principlesoflearning.wordpress.com].