RRS Award

Whinstone is a Rights Respecting School

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Whinstone Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well being. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we have achieved the recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.


UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.


The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.


Whinstone Primary School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school site.


It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in working towards our goal of being a ‘Rights Respecting School’. We’d love for you to become involved.

Click on the link below to read more information…


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UNICEF has shown that when children are taught about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, they are more respectful of the rights of others.

* Improved self-esteem and feelings of being valued and listened to.

* Increased levels of respect for each other, leading to improved relationships with other pupils and with staff.

* A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently throughout the school.

* Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions.

* An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own.

* A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live.

All adults (parents, teachers or the government) are known as Duty Bearers. It is our responsibility to make children aware of their rights and to act if their rights are not being met.

Children understand that their rights are inherent, universal, unconditional, inalienable and indivisible. Here is a short summary of what these words mean:

Inherent – Rights are inherent meaning they are yours because you are born a human.

Indivisible – Rights are indivisible meaning no right is more important than another one. They are equal and linked.

Inalienable – Rights are inalienable meaning you cannot give them away or sell them and no one can take them away from you.

Universal – Rights are universal meaning they are for all children (under 18), everywhere, all the time.

Unconditional – Rights are unconditional meaning they are not a reward and not dependent on a responsibility or performing an action to get them.

How can parents support their child to learn about the Convention at home?

* Take the time to ask your child what he/she has learnt recently regarding children’s rights and how they may show respect for those rights.

* Discuss the ideas learned in class, and try to think of examples from your own experiences, or from the media, of rights being respected or denied.

* Discuss how your child or your family can promote respect for rights, or help those whose rights have been violated.

* Model using rights and respect language with your children.

* Ask your child’s opinion on children’s rights.

Global Learning Week 22nd October

During global learning week we discovered that the way humans are living on earth now is damaging the very things we need to live. We found out about the global goals that aim to tackle climate change and inequality, making our world safer, fairer and more just for everyone. Each year group found out about a particular goal and steps that we can take to help our planet.

What are global goals?

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a bet

To find out more about GLOBAL GOALS, please click on the link below….


Class 4B have been working on Global Goals 2 – Zero Hunger. We are very proud of our video to promote awareness of this issue. We used Green Screen by Doink and iMovie on our ipads to create the video. Great thanks to Michael Jackson too, for one superb song to bring our infomercial together. It has moved both staff and pupils in school, a powerful video.

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Y3 have been learning all about the importance of recycling plastic, through a story called “The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle” by Alison Inches. Global Goals 3 Recycling and Rights Respecting 27 & 29.  We use Zu3d to animate and GarageBand to create the background music. Enjoy the animation- and remember it’s great to recycle!

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