Creating our values
To create our school values, as a staff, we listed all of the important principals we felt that our children should have. We kept the list on a table for a week and added to it over this time. After that, we grouped all these words under 6 clear areas which had personal, social, academic, community and health goals.
We titled these: be happy, be caring, be aspirational, be forward-thinking, be safe and be healthy.
We then asked a focus group of children from each class, to look at the values and change any that they didn’t think sounded right to them or or any that they didn’t understand the meaning of.
After the children had made their alterations, we sent the list home to the parents and carers and asked them for their ideas. They told us of any other values that they would like adding and if they wanted any wording changed.
Finally, the new values were shown and agreed by the school governors.
The Be Tree was created.
The Branches are what we want the children to be and the leaves are what we are going to teach the children to help them achieve our values.
Underpinning all this, at the root, is our one rule: to make the right choice.
Each half term we have a different Be Tree Focus:
Autumn 2 – Be Caring
Spring 1 – Be Aspirational
Spring 2 – Be Safe
Summer 1 – Be Forward-Thinking
Summer 2 – Be Healthy