At School we have 14 core values; information of which is displayed around the school and in the classrooms. Each week we have been featuring a different value in the school newsletter and Mr Bridewell has been reading a related book to each class in their assemblies. Here is the full list of our values along with the book that has been chosen on each topic.
Aspiration - Mae among the stars, by Roda Ahmed
When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible."
Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.
Responsibility - I’ll do it, by Brian Moses
This classic picture book explains to young children why it's good to be a responsible person. From keeping their room tidy, making their own bed to looking after younger siblings and pets and taking care of their possessions, like their PE kit.
Cooperation - Up The Creek, by Nicholas Oldland
At its core, this is a fun, contemporary fable that champions the importance of teamwork, cooperation and communication while also promoting the joys to be found in nature, specifically the wilder parts of the outdoors.
Patience - Waiting is not easy, by Mo Williams
In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...
Friendliness - Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers
There once was a boy…and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.
But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all…
Loyalty - My Friend is Sad, by Mo Williams
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My Friend is Sad, Gerald is sad. How can Piggie be happy if Gerald is sad? Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book is perfect for children just learning to read.
Helpfulness - Charlotte’s Web, by EB White
Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere.
Honesty - The Honest-to-Goodness Truth, by Patricia C McKissack
"Tell the truth and shame the devil," Libby's mama has told her. So whatever is Libby doing wrong? Ever since she started telling only the truth, the whole world seems to be mad at her. First, it's her best friend, Ruthie Mae, who gets upset when Libby tells all their friends that Ruthie Mae has a hole in her sock. Then Willie gives her an ugly look when she tells the teacher he hasn't done his homework. It seems that telling the truth isn't always so simple. Can Libby figure out what it really means to be truthful and make amends?
Enthusiasm - Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black... But Grace's Ma and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it...
Courage - Courage, by Bernard Waber
There are many kinds of courage. Big acts of courage and the everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like "being the first to make up after an argument" or "going to bed without a night-light." Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us. Now a lap board book.
Determination - Manjhi Moves a Mountain, by Nancy Churnin
Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough.
Thoughtfulness - A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favour.
Respect - Ryan Respects, by Virginiam L.Kroll
Ryan is fast like a cheetah, but his friend Doug is not. After they get timed in gym, Doug comes in behind everyone else. "Doug the Slug," chants Ryan and he gets a lot of laughs. Doug is upset but Ryan doesn't notice.
Kindness - Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller
What does it mean to be kind? When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind.