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Visions and Values

Achieving with Joy

 

We will develop the whole child through challenging learning experiences, quality teaching and recognition of individual learning styles and personalities. We will celebrate the achievements of children, value their efforts and encourage their progress and further development through:-

 

 

Friendship – Through kindness we make long lasting friendships. We think carefully about our actions and attitudes to others and this helps us to make positive relationships.

 

 

Respect - In our words and actions we show respect for ourselves, each other, the environment, the wider community and the World.

 

 

Responsibility – We build a community founded on excellent behaviour, tolerance and fun and foster children's understanding of the world in which we live and their rights and responsibilities within it.

 

 

Perseverance- We believe in our children developing good attitudes to learning and nurture their self-belief, providing them  with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world both within and beyond the National Curriculum.

 

 

Tolerance- We celebrate the richness and diversity of our school community and the wider world and actively promote fundamental British Values. We practice mutual respect.

 

Equality - Everyone feels valued, achieves together and has their needs met through a nurturing environment and a high quality curriculum.

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

Our British Values

 

Victoria Road Primary School recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understands the crucial role it plays in promoting the five key British Values agreed by Government and Ofsted; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. These values, by no means exclusive to British culture, are promoted in the following ways.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL VALUE

 

HOW IT IS PROMOTED

 

DEMOCRACY: EQUALITY

To understand how they can influence decision making through a democratic process.

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,  Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

 

  • School Council is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy through pupil voice, the electoral process and raising money for local and national charities. 
  • Democracy is also promoted through PSHE lessons and assemblies. 
  • Class Golden rules are established at the start of year and referred to regularly.
  • Our Learning Mentor enables children to give feedback, feel supported and set new targets for their learning
  • Reading Records and contact books enable communication from home
  • Pre-learning during topic work

 

RULE OF LAW: RESPONSIBILITY

To appreciate that living under the rule of law protects us and is essential for our wellbeing and safety.

 

UN CRC Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

 

  • Our Behaviour Policy reflects high expectations for pupils and there are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour; Friday merit assemblies, Punctuality Pup, attendance Ted, Playground behaviour award and Smart Class.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and Personal Social & Health Education, children are taught to make responsible choices.
  • Visitors teach about e-safety, fire safety, looking after animals
  • The Learning Mentor and Family Liaison Officer work with children and families, establishing strong links
  • Staff adhere to our Child Protection Policy for the wellbeing of all children.

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY: RESPECT/PERSEVERANCE

To understand that the freedom to choose is protected in law.

 

UN CRC Article 31:  All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

 

UN CRC Article 15:  Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

 

  • Through our school values, PSHE and the Social Emotional Aspects of Learning programs, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  Specific units relate to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’
  • Through our after school activities, they are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport, foreign languages, ICT and reading.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line, through lessons, assemblies and outside organisations as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
  • Further opportunities for enrichment are offered through Breakfast club and After-school club
  • All children have access to class trips and the wider curriculum.

 

MUTUAL RESPECT: FRIENDSHIP

To understand that while people may hold different views, we may show respect towards them.

 

UN CRC Article 2:  The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

UN CRC Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

 

  • The School’s Behaviour Policy is consistently followed and known by all children
  • Team work is encouraged through the ‘Green Language’ initiative and modelled by all staff.
  • Class assemblies and Celebration Assemblies highlight the variety of interests in each year group
  • Cultural events such as Ramadan are highlighted in whole school Assemblies
  • Excellent adult supervision on the playground, including children as Buddies and Play Leaders.
  • Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, whilst being understanding of differences.
  • The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well.

TOLERANCE OF FAITH AND BELIEFS:  TOLERANCE

To accept that others have different beliefs and that must be respected.

 

UN CRC Article 14:  Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

 

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the broad Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. 
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Jewish New Year
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Whole School Celebrations are held in the church (Harvest) and led by the leader of our local church
  • Father Anthony, a member of our Governing Body, leads whole school assemblies once a month.

 

 

 

Our Values link in with our SEAL themes as follows.

Term

SEAL theme

Value

1

New beginnings

RESPONSIBILITY (RULE OF LAW)

2

Getting on and falling out

FRIENDSHIP (MUTUAL RESPECT)

3

Going for goals

PERSEVERANCE (INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY) 

4

Good to be me

RESPECT (INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY)

5

Relationships

EQUALITY (DEMOCRACY)

6

Changes

TOLERANCE (TOLERANCE OF OTHER BELIEFS)

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