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UNICEF Rights Respecting School

The Rights Respecting School Award recognises schools that put the Convention on the Rights of the child at the centre of their school ethos and planning.


Timberley Academy received Silver Accreditation in December 2020 and we are now working so hard, working towards the Gold Award. 

To do this we must be working within this criteria. 


  • School has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture.
  • Children, young people and adults in your school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school.
  • RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing.
  • Students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad.



The steering group meets often and is made up of children, SLT, MLT and class teachers. All school stakeholders ensure values are reflected in our school vision and are central to our ethos and values.


The Conventions on the Rights of the Child consists of 54 Articles. A 'child' is defined as every human being below the age of 18. The key provisions are :


  1. The right to childhood

  2. The right to be educated

  3. The right to be healthy

  4. The right to be treated fairly

  5. The right to be heard

  6. The right to be safe


By learning about the Convention our children can find out that:


  1. They have rights

  2. They should be informed about their rights

  3. They should be helped to exercise their rights

  4. They should be able to enforce their rights

  5. There should be a community of interest to advocate young people's rights



We follow the A,B,C,D, E Rights!

A is for All – All rights are universal.
B is for Birth- Everyone has these rights at birth.

C is for Cannot – Rights cannot be taken away.
D is for Don’t – They do not have to be earned, they are unconditional.
E is for Equal – All rights are equally important.


Article of the Month - June

Happy Elmer Day!

At Timberley Academy, one of our most favourite days of the year is Elmer Day! We dress up in so many colours, and show our talents, individualities and just how amazing we are (even more so than a normal day at Timberley!)


It is amazing that so many people enjoyed taking part in their class activities and assemblies and this year was a little bit different to our usual Elmer Day as we also had a look at our global issues and how we can be activists for global change. We thought about Elmer, and where Elmer lived, and how different areas are affected by human changes. 
Across all the year groups, we looked at sea pollution, deforestation, animal extinction and global warming. 

Take a look at some of our work that has inspired us to be the voice of change because we have the right!

May - Article of the Month

Article of the Month - April 2021

Article of the Month - March 2021

We are a Silver School!

Achieving Silver: Rights Aware means there is evidence that:

  • Our school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture.
  • We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout your school community.
  • We have putting into action and developed the plans outlined on our Action Plan for Silver.
  • We have seen the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment.
  • Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

Thank You!


We are so proud of all our Timberley children, staff and parents for the amazing work that they have done to ensure children have an awareness of their rights, can talk about their rights with each other and their parents and that we have created a school environment where we all feel safe and happy to learn and play. 


We are now officially a Silver - Rights Aware Rights Respecting School and this is down to you!

Thank you so much smiley

Today is Universal Children's Day!

Today is Universal Children's Day. Universal Children's Day is all about children and their rights. Children learn about their rights at school through our lessons, assemblies, posters and our displays. Today we have had special assemblies all about our rights which you can access below from the link. We have been learning about our rights and what we can do with our rights and for our community. Rights are for ALL, they are from BIRTH, they CANNOT be taken away and DO NOT have to be earnt! They are all as EQUALLY as important as each other. 

Children are rights-holders that are all entitled to their rights. In school our adults are duty-bearers that are responsible for ensuring that all our children's rights are fulfilled. 

This means that at home grown-ups are also responsible for ensuring that children's rights are fulfilled. On Universal Children's Day we celebrate all of our rights and knowing our rights. Take a look at our rights and the things you can do at home with your duty bearers to help with them. 
You can celebrate your rights by:

  • Drawing pictures of rights.
  • Making rights badges.
  • Making rights kite.
  • Taking part in the UNICEF Paddington adventures!
  • Talking as a family about your rights!


Any rights activities you complete and would like to share with us, please email and we will share your amazing work on the website and on our Rights Respecting Newsletter!

Article of the Month - November

October Newsletter - Take a look at all the lovely things we have been doing for our Article of the Month October!

October - Article of the Month




Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. This makes them want to share with others who are not so fortunate. In schools and in Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. We all have the RIGHT to access healthy food and water!  Take a look at this Harvest presentation and think about all those people around the world that can't access the same resources as we do. People far away that live overseas, people in our local communities. Helping others and sharing food means that all people can eat. All people can access food and all children have these rights. 

Article of the Month


As we are adopting to new routines in schools, we always need to consider our right to be healthy and our right to be safe therefore our Rights Respecting Crew will not be meeting together but keeping safe in our bubbles! However, we will be working hard to learn and explore our rights in the classroom. Each month, each year group will add to our Rights Respecting monthly newsletter to share what we have been doing in our classes! September’s Article of the Month is all about the right to a name! 

A New School Year!


We are so excited here at Timberley to begin a new school year with all our children returning to school after a very different summer! It has been great speaking to all of our classes about how they have spent a safe and happy summer holidays. We are now ready to begin our new term and with a new term comes new learning! In September, we always create our Class Charters, discussing our rights within our classrooms and how as an adult we can uphold these rights and as a child, what responsibilities we have to ensure our rights are fulfilled. Our classes have worked so hard on producing beautiful, creative, detailed, Class Charters this year! Take a look below! 

Class Charters

World Oceans Day 2020


Article 24

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. 


We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. It is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

On World Oceans Day, people around the World celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all.

The aim is for people to get together to start creating a better future and protect our oceans.

In particular, organisers 'The Ocean Project' wish to see 30% of the world's oceans be protected in the coming years.

World Ocean Day is celebrated every year on June 8th. 


Did you know....


  • Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein
  • Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
  • Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.



One Planet, One Ocean: Mobilizing Science to #SaveOurOcean

Article 2 - Non Discrimination 


Wow! What a fantastic Elmer Day we all had this year! I loved seeing all of the class pages full of Elmer and even on out school Twitter feed 🌈 🐘. I know our Rights Respecting Crew would be very proud of you all. Well done everybody for celebrating Elmer Day and learning about how our rights are for everybody! We are going to continue learning about how our rights are for everybody and how some children around the world are not having their rights fulfilled. How can we change this? How can we help others learn about this? How can we learn more about this? Take a look at some of the videos and resources and enjoy learning more about our children’s rights around the world 💕

Children's Rights Animation South Africa

Children’s Rights Animation

Read Aloud: All Are Welcome By: Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms no matter their race, religion, or background.

Cartoons for Child Rights - Freedom from Discrimination | UNICEF

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Everyone Belongs

A song for children to sing. Celebrating diversity and encouraging acceptance.

Elmer Day 🐘🌈

Elmer Day 2020


On Friday and Saturday we will be celebrating Elmer Day 🌈. Elmer Day is all about celebrating your true colours! This means celebrating how we are all different, unique and individuals, just like in the story of Elmer. 🐘 

Article 2 of the Child’s Rights states that every single child around the world are entitled to these rights 🌍. Think of how many children there are in the world. Now think about if there are two children that are exactly the same 👧🏼👧🏼?  That say the exact same thing, look the exact same, like the same toys, write the same, speak the same....there isn’t! We are all different and Elmer Day is about celebrating these differences and knowing that we are all so special and no matter who we are 💕...we all have rights.

Have a read of the Elmer stories and see what you think! Talk to your grown ups about the things that make you special. What are your talents? What can you do that makes you individual? What things do you like about yourself?  Make some Elmer crafts and you can even dress up in colourful clothes just like Elmer!

Have a super Elmer Day and send us all of your pictures to our Timberley Academy twitter page or email them to Miss Orohoe (


Time for Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Sit back with your little one and let the wonderful author-illustrator David McKee read from his successful and much-loved picture book.

Elmer Day Ideas

Article of the Week - Article 14


Article 14 – Freedom of thought, belief, and religion.


Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.


  • Food choices are really important to some people. Find out about the food rules of veganism or a specific religion. If you have the ingredients at home, why don’t you have a go at making a dish with your family? 


  • Why do you think religious buildings are important? Think of and draw a building that is important to you or make a sculpture of one of these buildings using things you can find around the house (old cereal boxes, empty toilet roll etc.). This could be a religious building like a church or a temple, or even a school or a library. Write a sentence or two about why this building is important to you.


  • April was an important month this year for many religions. Can you think of some festivals and events that took place in April? Work with your friends and family safely online and see how many you can think of. You could write a sentence, draw a picture or write a story about a child celebrating this festival or special day.


Take a look at the PowerPoint presentation below and explore Article 14 with your families. At Timberley we know that we are all different, we are all unique, and most importantly we respect each other. 
Have a safe and happy week Rights Respecters!
If you would like to send any work that you have done to me then you can send it to my email . You can also send it to the school email or on our Timberley Twitter page.
Miss Orohoe :)


Article of the Week - Article 12

This week we are looking at Article 12 - Respect for the views of the child. This article is particularly important right now when everything is changing so much but you are still heard. At Timberley we are ringing you all so you can share all your news with us and we can still feel close even though we are apart right now. There is so so much you can do to share your views, ideas and to still have a voice at this time.


  • Can you think of any stories or films in which children’s voices are really listened to and it makes a difference? If you think of one, tell somebody about it.
  • Design a poster for a display about the importance of Article 12.

  • In some stories children’s views are ignored. Have you read ‘Not Now Bernard!’? What would you say to Bernard’s parents if you had the chance?

  • Make a 'Feelings Rainbow'. How are you feeling? Why are you feeling like this? How would you like to feel? Talk to your grown-ups and think of ideas to get you to feel a comfortable feeling.


However you decide to explore Article 12 send a picture to Timberley Academy and let us share our views even further! Each one of your views are so important. This is a real example of everybody having rights at all times, in all circumstances, and all around the world.  We've all got rights!

Article 24 Practical (and yummy!) Learning Activities

Article of the Week by UNICEF


To support schools, children and parents in these times, UNICEF are releasing an Article of the Week! This week, we will be looking at Article 24. At Timberley, this was our Article of the Month in March so we already know so much about the right to be healthy. Take a look at the links below and have a go at some of these activities!

Article 24 Activities

Make and pour drinks for your family 

Make a food diary of nutritious foods you have been eating.

Draw pictures of nutritious foods and foods that are treats. 

Use junk modelling and collage materials to design your favourite meals.

Take a picture and send them to our Timberley Academy email or Twitter and we can then share our knowledge of rights and all the hard work you have been doing. 


Article of the Month - April

Article of the Month for April is Article 42 - The right to know your rights!
I thought that this right would be a great right to focus on in April due to our online learning and working with our grown-ups. This is a great opportunity for you to learn with your adults about the different rights we have and how you have your rights fulfilled. 
You could make a poster about your rights, create a leaflet or even make a song about the different rights we have.  You could make a list of how you could support other children's rights in the community. It has been really great to see how everyone is working together in a difficult time in the world so this is a great way to see how we support each other and make sure we all have the right to be safe.
I will be putting up lots of resources for you and your family to learn about your rights this month so keep an eye on this page!
Keep safe, keep healthy and stay happy :)
Miss Orohoe 

Rights Runner

UNICEF has brought out a game called 'Rights Runner' that can be played online and downloaded from an app store. Take a look and see if you can spread the word about rights!

It is described as an epic adventure that will take you on a journey to fight for every kid’s rights.

Home Learning Activities


Hi Timberley!
I know that things are not the same as they normally are around the world at this time, and we are all doing our best to keep learning and to keep working hard in all that we do. Our rights are always so important to us and we especially need these in times that are difficult around the world. I have attached some ideas of things you can do at home to keep learning about your rights and so you can discuss all the things you know with your families.
I hope that you are all keeping safe and keep smiling, and always remember that 'We've all got rights.'

Miss Orohoe :) 

Reception World Water Day Art

The Right to be Healthy!


In March, we have been exploring the different ways we can exercise our right to be healthy. 

We have been discussing the different things that happen at school to ensure we have this right fulfilled. The Rights Respecting Crew decided the main ways our rights are supported in school are by: 
. Having healthy dinners at school.

. Having access to clean water to wash our hands.

. Having access to fresh, clean water to drink.

. Enjoying fruit at snack time.

. Taking part in P.E.
. Having equipment at playtime to play with others and to get our hearts beating faster.

. Having after school clubs such as Girls Active, Cookery, and different sports clubs.

Do you think other schools around the world can do this too? Does everybody have the right to be healthy? Do we all have the right to clean water?

To help you answer these questions here are some resources to help you find the answers!

Being Safe Online

February Article of the Month


The right to be safe whilst accessing information on computers. 

Throughout February we are working hard to share our knowledge of the right to be safe. We know that every child has the right to be safe on computers and we are developing our knowledge further by having Internet Safety Day! Children all around the world have access to technology and will continue to in our developing world therefore we must make sure that we know how to be safe on the computer. On Internet Safety Day we learned all about how to be safe and how to follow simple guidelines such as; keeping to time limits, turning on parental controls and accessing age-appropriate resources.  In our Rights Respecting after-school club, we enjoyed making posters about being safe online and we even took a quiz at the end to see how much we now know!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our Rights Respecting Crew! We are very excited to start our new year with our Article of the Month - Right to Play. 
To celebrate our right to play we are starting a new rights after school called We've Got Rights. This will ensure our children are aware of the rights, make our school more aware of the different rights, ensuring our rights are fulfilled and that we are respectful of each others rights.  Our rights ambassadors have also been given their ambassador badges during assembly time to show the whole school who our Rights Respecting Crew are which is fantastic!

In our Rights Respecting Crew meeting this week, the children talked about our new article of the month, playground charter ideas and took part in a task about wants and needs! Take a look at some of our pictures here to see what things we have been up to.

Article of the Month January

World Mental Health Day

Date: 11 Oct
What is it: The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.

Rights Link: Article 24: Health and health services; Article 25: Review of treatment in care.


For World Mental Health Day we raised awareness and money by wearing a piece of clothing or an accessory that was yellow. We talked about the right to a healthy mind and body and took part in Yoga, Mindfulness Activities and worked on different sheets talking about what makes us unique and special and what we like about ourselves. 

Rights Quiz

During our Rights Respecting group meeting this week, we had a quiz to see which rights were true or false and what statements were true or false. We had so much fun with the quiz and we were really surprised at how great we were at remembering all about the rights. We thought it was really important that all the rights are for all children around the world and we talked about the Out Right campaign looking at how globally our rights are affected and how others are affected too! 

Article of the Month - October 2019

Our Class Charters

We have been working really hard looking at our rights, especially at our right to have a name. We have been exploring the importance of having a name and looking at how are rights are adhered to and how in some cases these rights are not supported. At Timberley, each class has a class set of promises which we call our class charters. These promises are promises that we have made and we are responsible for ensuring we are following our promises. Take a look at some of our fantastic charters!

September 2019 - Article of the Month

Welcome Back :)

Welcome back to another year of being a Rights Respecting School. At the moment in school we are 'Rights Committed' which is a fantastic achievement for all of the children, parents and staff here at Timberley. We are now working towards our 'Rights Aware' award and therefore show everybody in our community that we have all got rights.  So continue to come to our website to keep up to date on all the latest news that our steering group 'The Rights Respecting Group' have been up to!

Superbia Perseverantia et Passionem Pride, Perseverance and Passion