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Values are central to our ethos and learning at Middleton Primary School. We have chosen a value of the month for each month, we hope that you will support us with talking about the value with your child.  

As with other values we want the children think about the choices they make and how by making the right choice we can all be successful.

If your child has demonstrated one of our values at home and you would like a leaf to add it to our values tree please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office.

Values for 2017-18

September

Mindfulness

October

Co-operation

November

Compassion

December

Generosity

January

Appreciation

February

Respect

March

Hope

April

Responsibility

May

Tolerance

June

Friendship

July

Unity

Our value this month is ‘Unity’. Unity is linked to the values of ‘Respect’, ‘Love’ and ‘Collaboration’. This month, we will be teaching the children about the importance of togetherness and how, when we work together, we can achieve and overcome difficult tasks. Our focus will be on home and school unity, discussing being a member of a team, a class and a family.

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During June our Value of the Month will be Friendship. At Middleton we feel that friendship is an important value that is central to our learning as it links to so many other values such as respect, appreciation and compassion. Good friends are vitally important to our mental health and to the quality of our lives. As part of our learning we will be focussing on the importance of building good relationships with other people and how friendships are relationships that take time and mutual effort. We will also be thinking about how important it is treat each other with respect and will learn about effective strategies that can help us to deal with minor friendship issues. Please discuss our Value of the Month with your child at home and ways in which they can demonstrate the value to those around them. If your child demonstrates one of the values to you at home please ask your child's teacher or the office for a leaf to add to the values tree in the main reception. 

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In May our Value of the Month will be tolerance. In school we will be talking about how tolerance refers to an attitude of openness and respect for the differences that exist among people. Although originally used to refer to ethnic and religious differences, the concepts of diversity and tolerance can also be applied to gender, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and other differences, too. Tolerance means respecting and learning from others, valuing differences, bridging cultural gaps, rejecting unfair stereotypes, discovering common ground, and creating new bonds. Tolerance, in many ways, is the opposite of prejudice. Throughout our learning we will be considering how we can be more tolerant of others and how we can show this in the things that we do and the way we behave. 
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In April our Value of the Month is Responsibility. In school we will be talking about how we are all responsible for our actions. We will discuss how we all have different roles or duties to fulfil and how we need to behave correctly taking responsibility for our own choices. We will also consider how responsibility is doing a job we have been given and how we can be more responsible by doing things to help others without being asked.
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In March our Value of the Month was Hope. In school we thought about our hopes and dreams for the future and what we could do to make them happen. We asked the children to think about how the choices they make in their lives can affect the future and how it is important that they are resilient and determined to achieve their hopes and dreams. We learnt songs about hope and read stories where the moral of the story was to never give up hope. As Albert Einstein once said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.

 

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During February we thought about the key British Value of Respect. Respect is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins learning through behavior and our attitudes to the people and the world around us. We discussed what respect means with the children and the different ways we can show respect at home and at school. We learnt songs about respect and read stories where the moral of the story was to respect others and ourselves. We will also looked at who we respect and why.
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In January our Value of the Month was Appreciation. We asked the children to consider what this means to them and how they can show appreciation towards those around us. Through our assemblies and lessons we will thought about what we appreciate in our lives and how important saying 'Thank you' is. 

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In December we looked at the value of ‘generosity’. We explained to the children that generosity is not just about the physical act of giving but also about how we can be generous with our time and emotions.
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During November our Value of the Month was Compassion. We asked the children to think carefully about what compassion means to them and how they can be more compassionate towards others. We also linked this to our learning about Remembrance Day and Children in need and how these events are linked to showing Compassion.

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In October we looked at the value of ‘co-operation’.  We explained to the children that co-operation is all about working together as a team. By working together as a team we can continue to make Middleton the best it can be. ‘Co-operation’ opens the door for us to learn other values as, excellence, fairness, honesty, diligence and responsibility.

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During September we looked at the value of ‘mindfulness’. We asked the children to think carefully about what mindfulness means to them and how they can improve their growth mind-set. Mindfulness is simply noticing what is happening right now. Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste. It is also about noticing what your mind is doing. When you notice what is happening around you, you focus more deeply, and that attention to your own senses will help you improve in diverse areas of your life. Improved focus can help you achieve at higher levels in sports, education or music. When you notice what is happening around you, it can help you to calm down when you’re sad, angry or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you deal with tough emotions, and mindfulness can make you happy and feel good.

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