Our classrooms have a family feel and an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our pupils know they are being treated with fairness, that their views are listened to and their decisions respected.
Developing emotional literacy is important at this early stage. We want our pupils to feel that they can speak up and communicate their feelings. We make sure that they understand what it means to be in a safe environment – not only in the classroom, but also online and in everyday life.
When disagreements arise, as they will, we help children use the skills of peer mediation and conflict resolution. We encourage them to be creative and use imagination games to develop empathy and confidence around opposing points of view. In this way, the children learn to listen and come to understand, and not be frightened by, difference and disagreement.