British and Christian Values
"Learning and Growing Together with God as our Guide"
Every day is a day for learning,
Every child is special,
Every child will achieve.
How we learn is as important as what we learn and we want the learning to be engaging, enjoyable and meaningful. Everyone, children and adults, in the school community is a learner.
Every school has its own unique set of values. As a Church of England Infant School our values are interconnected to the Church and Jesus' teaching of the values.
We have a large set of values which the school community all use every day, we focus each term on four or five of the values.
The following values are the values which we feel permeate through the school every day and for the children we explain them through the Jesus' teaching:
- Koinonia - Fellowship within a Christian Community.
- Courage - Jesus showed courage at the Last Super - it took courage to talk about the fact that he was going to die.
- Friendship - Jesus showed Bartimaeus friendship when he helped him to see again
- Respect - Jesus taught us about respect by telling the story of the Good Samaritan.
- Perseverance - Jesus showed Perseverance in the story of the 40 days and 40 nights he spent in the wilderness.
In the main corridor we have our Garden of Values display. At the centre of the display is the school and Psalm 119 “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Within the garden are symbols that represent the Holy Trinity, all stakeholders and visitors, Christian and British values, learning behaviours and emotions. Our Christian values are represented by a rainbow – friendship, respect, perseverance, courage, truthfulness and koinonia. Each half term one child from each class receives the Governor award for values and their photo is added to the display. The garden shows how everything links and impacts on what is in the garden. God is the sun and the staff and parents are rain and water, each helps the trees and plants (the children, values and emotions) to flourish and grow.
Each week we explore a specific value. In Collective Worship on a Monday, a child from each class who has shown the weekly value receives a leaf for the tree on which their name and the value is recorded and they take a certificate home.
In the Library we have a quiet space for reflection and prayers which is maintained and supported by the Worship Team.
We have a British Values Display in the Main Corridor which we add to during the school year.
Courage,creativity,peace,trust,forgiveness,justice,thankfulness,compassion, friendship, hope, truthfulness, humility, generosity, respect and reverence, wisdom, perseverance, service and responsibility.
In the library we have a Prayer Tree for the children and their family to use. Any prayer left on the tree is then read during prayers at the Open the Book Assembly on a Friday. In the Library we have a quiet space for reflection and prayers.
Pupils are kind to each other. All members of the school community practice the values of the school in their everyday lives. Consequently, the school is calm and relationships are warm.
Core values underpin all aspects of the school’s work. Pupils are very aware of these values and contribute their thoughts to the ‘values tree’. For example, to support the value of kindness, one pupil wrote, ‘When my friend was sad, I cheered him up.’ A program of well-planned assemblies gives pupils opportunities to reflect. There are good links with the local church and with the wider community. Pupils communicate with a school in Africa and regularly fundraise to provide fruit for the pupils there. They are well prepared for understanding about life in modern Britain.