During school assemblies, we voted for Westover Ways, which are shared values to promote and embed the qualities which we, as a whole school, feel underpin all we do. We will be linking Superstars to these so that they become an integral expectation shared by the whole school community. We have also voted for animals to represent these animals:-
We chose our values through shared conversation over a number of assemblies where we listened to each other and collected common and relevant ideas.
For the animals, a number of children gave good reasons why each animal was appropriate for its Westover Way. The children and staff then considered this information before voting. The vote appeared to be truly democratic as all children took part and made their own decisions.
Turtle – “We are the best we can be.”
We chose the turtle to be our example role model as it has to strive to survive in a very competitive world from the moment it hatches and has no parent to look after it. It has to get from the nest in the sand to a safe place where it can get food and water. This is the opposite to us as when we are babies we are looked after and have everything we need or want. As a turtle we have to develop our own individual skills to be confident independent learners.
As a school we voted for the turtle after listening to the qualities that it shows.
Bat – “We are resilient.”
We chose the bat to be our example role model as it has to thrive without sight, relying on its other senses to locate food and shelter in the dark. It has to hang upside down to sleep during the day, holding on tightly with its feet and not being disturbed by the daytime noises.
As a bat we have to find ways to overcome the things we find difficult and make the best use of the skills and resources we do have without giving up.
As a school we voted for the bat after listening to the qualities that it shows.
Spider – “We are self-motivated.”
We chose the spider to be our example role model as when their web breaks they have to find a way to mend it and make it stronger. Spiders are good at problem solving because they look at the problem and work out what to do to put it right. They choose the site for their web carefully to ensure that they will catch the most flies and hope that the web won`t get broken. The trap-door spider has a cool way of catching prey. It digs a hole to live in and then spins a silk door to cover the hole with. It will wait in its burrow peeking through a partly open door, and when an insect wanders by, it leaps out and grabs it. Like us spiders need to continue learning all through their lives.
As a school we voted for the spider after listening to the qualities that it shows.
Bee – “We respect each other and our school.”
We chose the bee to be our example role model because the bee works hard gathering pollen for its extended family and also pollinates flowers so that they can reproduce and produce fruit. Bees work tirelessly for others and always do what is expected of them. Although bees can use their sting they are extremely reluctant to do so and then only when they are in danger. Most of the time they just get on with their work without interfering with any other living creatures. Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colonycolony work together for the good of the hive. Each has a job to do: the queen lays the eggs and the workers build the honeycomb, care for the larvae and collect the food. Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat. Without bees plants would not reproduce and form fruit and seeds so eventually there would be no flowers growing on our planet.
As a school we voted for the bee after listening to the qualities that it shows.
Squirrel – “We are active learners.”
We chose the squirrel to be our example role model because it keeps searching for food and if it doesn’t find any in one spot it looks somewhere else. Squirrels remember where they have buried their food store and go back to it when they need to. Squirrels tend to run in erratic paths. This is intended to deceive potential predators as to its chosen direction so that it may escape. Squirrels are extremely intelligent creatures. They are known to put on elaborate bogus food burying displays to deceive onlookers. The fake burials are to trick potential thieves, such as other squirrels or birds, into thinking that they have stored their food stock there. Any observers planning on taking the stash will then focus on the bogus burial site, allowing the squirrel to bury the real stash elsewhere safely.
As a school we voted for the squirrel after listening to the qualities that it shows.