Our Values and Ethos
Our value this term is:-
“Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile” – Paolo Coelho
This term the children were challenged to see if they could guess the value after watching a clip from Pinocchio. Lots of children said ‘telling the truth’ and ‘honesty’
We then discussed what honesty means: Honesty is when you speak the truth and act truthfully.
Honesty is speaking the truth. Saying things that aren't true, or that you think might not be true, or that you are making up to hide the truth are all types of lies. Lying is not honest (also called being dishonest) because you are saying something that isn't true.
When you do something you know is morally wrong, or when you have to hide your actions because you know they are wrong, you are not being honest. Being honest means you act in a way that you know is the right thing to do.
Another part of the definition of honesty is whether you treat yourself the same way. Being honest with yourself means you really know why you are acting in a certain way or whether what you tell yourself is true.
The children were then asked to think privately and answer some questions:
How honest are you?
When did you last own up to something you did wrong?
Did you blame someone else?
We then talked about how lies can grow and follow you around. Accidents happen and mistakes are made and it takes courage to be honest and own up that you did something wrong.
The children then listened to a story called ‘Be proud’: A story about honesty and listening to your conscience, even when no one is watching.
Finally, the children joined in a quiz. They were given 5 scenarios and were asked if the children had shown the value of honesty. We asked our Head boy and girl and Deputies to help explain why. The children were all really good at identify when someone was speaking or acting honestly!