British and Christian Values
"Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path." Psalm 119(105)
Rooted in Christian values
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.
Garden of Values
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.
The British Values are part of our Garden of Values display.
The school’s Christian and moral values are threaded through the school. Pupils develop strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills. They learn how to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. They are well prepared for life in modern Britain (March 2019)