Democracy: making decisions together
As part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness as cited in Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
We encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, letting them know their views are important to us, that we should value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, including times when they do or do not need help. We endeavour to demonstrate democracy in action, for example, children sharing views on a topic could be with a show of hands.
We support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds and encouraged to ask questions.
Rule of law: understanding rules matter
As cited in Personal Social and Emotional development
As part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour:
We ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and help them to learn to distinguish right from wrong.
We encourage children to contribute ideas to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, for example, to agree the rules about tidying away before lunch and ensure that all children understand rules apply to everyone.
Individual liberty: freedom for all
As part of the focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World:
We encourage children to develop a positive sense of themselves. We provide opportunities for them to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course, using the woodwork bench and talking about their experiences and learning.
We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, explore their differences and understand we may all have different opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
As part of the focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World:
We create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
We encourage children to acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
We encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.
Children understand how to behave when we go on visits and out into the village. We made pizzas at Frankie and Benny's restaurant last summer and we went to the Sealife Centre in 2015. Last year we went to Sacrewell Farm and tried pond dipping.