The 6 R’s underpin everything we do here at Diggle School
The 6 Rs represent important life skills, attitudes and mindsets. By developing and nurturing these 6 areas, not only are the children part of a positive learning environment, helping them reach their full potential, but they will also learn to be good friends and ultimately good citizens; they will learn to make the right choices concerning their behaviour, to learn from their mistakes, and be able to respond positively to challenges throughout their lives.
Resilience means we can cope when things get tough, and we are able to make the most out of opportunities which present themselves. Resilience takes practice, but the capacity to be resilient lies in all of us. Once mastered, the skills enable us to be the best possible version of ourselves, so we are able to feel good and function well, which in turn improves our emotional and mental health. By appreciating that not everything goes to plan all of the time it means that we’re less fazed when something goes wrong, and are able to pick ourselves up and carry on. This attitude helps us with the other 6 Rs too.
Respect is caring how words and actions may impact others, and ourselves. Showing respect means we act in a way that shows we care about someone else’s feelings and well-being. Showing respect for others includes things like using kind words, truly listening to someone speak, treating other people’s belongings with care, and taking good care of ourselves. Having respect for someone is when we feel good about someone because of how they act. We can earn each other’s respect by behaving towards others in a thoughtful, caring and considerate manner. We can also show respect for our environment by doing things like not dropping litter, recycling etc.
Responsibility means we do the things we are supposed to do – we are dependable and make good choices, and it also means we take responsibility for our actions even when we have made a mistake. Responsible behaviour is made up of five essential elements; honesty, compassion, fairness, accountability, and courage. A responsible person looks out for the well being of others and understands we all have a part to play in making the world a better place.
We often think of resources as physical things but resourcefulness is a mindset – it is about having a can-do attitude. Even if we cannot see the solution immediately, we do not give up, but instead look at other ways to find a solution. Showing resourcefulness means we are creative in how we think, we look for different solutions, inventive ways around a problem, we “think outside the box”. Resourcefulness is seeing a challenge as a hurdle rather than a dead-end; even with the greatest mind, if we don’t believe we can find a solution, we won’t!
Reasoning is about thinking for ourselves; about working our way through an idea or a problem, exploring different possible ways forward, and thinking of the possible consequences or outcomes. Showing reasoning means we able to answer questions thoughtfully, drawing on our previous experiences. We are able to critically evaluate a situation or a piece of work, and we are able to contribute to discussions with others. By being given the encouragement and opportunity to think for themselves, the children will develop the skills to be self-driven learners, they will have the confidence to take some time to consider for themselves before they ask for help, and they will be much better able to work with others and solve problems as part of a team.
Being reflective is thinking about how our actions impacted on something. Taking time for reflection is important both when things go well and when things don’t go so well, so we can learn how to improve. By being reflective, we recognise how we can change our behaviour for a better outcome next time, or we can reinforce our good behaviour choices when things have gone well, so we repeat our successes. Making mistakes is a valuable part of the learning process and recognising this through reflection helps us be stronger and more resilient.
The 6 R’s are the basis of our Behaviour Policy, which can be found in full in the Policies section of this website. Rewards are given to children for demonstrating each of the 6 R’s, and cumulative recognition is given for consistent demonstration.
The 6 Rs represent essential life skills, and as such, our main school corridor has been decorated, with the help of the children, as a permanent, vibrant, regular reminder for all the children, staff and visitors to see every time they pass through school.