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OUR SCHOOL AND FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES

Our School Values

Our school values help us to live and learn in harmony together. The four values were chosen as a frame of reference for bringing out the best in all of us. They are the foundation of our safe and caring school which is committed to learning and working together.

Our Vision

"We are preparing our children to live fulfilled lives as positive, motivated lifelong learners who adapt, contribute and give their best as local, national and global citizens in an ever changing technological world."

 

                                           

 

Our Values

To see our vision fulfilled, we as a school are committed to;

Collective Responsibility – knowing that every one of us is an important part of the team.

Resilience – being willing to overcome challenges and try new things every day.

Respect
 – always taking pride in ourselves and those around us.

Reflection
 – considering each day "Am I the best I can be?"

 

As a school, we have an overview for our assemblies which include key themes, a focus on values, learning attitudes and answering a big question. Children take part in discussion assemblies with their peers, giving them opportunities to mix with children in their phase, share their views and listen to and appreciate the opinions of others; thus developing not only their knowledge of the world and their confidence, but their tolerance to those with differing opinions.

British Values

As well as promoting our core school values within school, we also promote the following fundamental British values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

At The John Bamford Primary School, we reinforce these values through collective worship and regularly throughout school in the following ways:

Democracy

Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard in school. The school also carries out regular questionnaires with the pupils to ascertain their thoughts and feelings about our school. The findings are shared with staff and Governors and form part of the school's self-evaluation and future planning. The Junior Leadership Team (JLT) are elected democratically, voting in each class at the beginning of each year.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those in class, the school or the country are reinforced in school regularly through the SMSC curriculum and whole school assembly. Across the school and the EYFS, there is a clear code of conduct with rules agreed by the pupils: I can listen and respond to adult instructions straight away; I can use good manners at all times and I can be kind to everyone and everything.  Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind school goals and national laws that protect us, look after us and govern us. We discuss with the children and make clear the consequences when they choose to break the goals in school and when the laws of the land are broken. We arrange visitors to speak with the children such as the Police to discuss road safety, Bikeability, Fire safety and the NSPCC.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make personal choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate boundaries for children to make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Digital Leaders; The school is continuing to strengthen their Digital Leaders program to encourage peer teaching and allow them to discuss issues important to them. The school's aim with online safety is to educate children how to be responsible digital citizens. Pupils also have freedom of choice in respect of the challenge of their learning across the curriculum; using the task card, children can decide where to pitch their level of activity based on their understanding. Pupils are also given the opportunity to choose their own challenges at home through the use of the Peri-o-meter scale on their homework. As a reward for following our school behaviour code and remaining on the sunshine or rainbow throughout the week, pupils are able to choose an activity that they wish to participate in on a Friday afternoon during ‘Golden Time’.

 Mutual Respect

Our school ethos and Behaviour Policy revolve around our school values such as respect. The values are reflected in our school goals, displays, newsletters and website and in the curriculum where opportunities arise. Where pupils show good core values or mutual respect they may well be given house points. House Captains remind children in their houses of good core values of behaviour in school and towards others in and around school. In our assembly overview, we focus on the value of respect and children are invited to take part in discussion assemblies with their peers.

Our Junior Leadership team promote our core values and respectfully share the thoughts of their peers both in their classes and upon giving feedback to other pupils. JLT members are good ambassadors for our school and they encourage their peers to uphold our school values. The lunchtime staff continue to uphold this as they use the support of our Junior Lunchtime Supervisors (JLS) to continue to promote our values through a variety of reward systems and through following our school’s behaviour policy.

 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing children's understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity through our RE Curriculum. Collective Worship has core themes that recognise key dates within different faiths and cultures such as Ramadam and Passover. Assemblies are followed up and supported by learning in SMSC and RE.  Each year group are encouraged to invite members of different faiths into school or to visit places of worship to develop children’s knowledge which helps to enhance learning within our school.

We participate in great British events such as the Royal Jubilee, Royal weddings and Remembrance events. November 2019 saw members of JLT pay their respects at Rugeley Cenotaph, laying a wreath designed and created by our children at Forest School. On a more general level, the school undertakes assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SMSC sessions and RE lessons and in an informal nature throughout the school day.

 

Assembly Themes Overview for the Year

Autumn Term

Values

Themes

Learning Attitude

Respect

Resilience

Reflection

Collective Responsibility

Change starts with us (Anti-Bullying)

Communication (Languages)

Peace/History/Freedom

 (Remembrance)

Light (Christmas and Diwali)

Happiness (Positivity)

Growth Mindset

Resilience

Reflection

Spring Term

Values

Themes

Learning Attitude

Respect

Resilience

Reflection

Collective Responsibility

How are you Feeling? (Mental Health)

World Book Day

Forgiveness (Lent)

Commitment (Religious links)

Remembering (Passover / Easter)

Imagine (Resolutions)

Growth Mindset

Resilience

Reflection

Summer Term

Values

Themes

Learning Attitude

Respect

Resilience

Reflection

Collective Responsibility

Promoting Diversity

Thinking of Others (Charity)

Respect for others in the Bible

The Queen’s Birthday

History Makers

Boldly Going…

Understand Others

Growth Mindset

Resilience

Reflection

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

                RE Statement of Intent       

Religious Education gives children valuable insights into the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today. It helps with their own personal development and supports an understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural questions.  Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.  Religious Education makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, values and futures.  Through Religious Education pupils learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others' rights and responsibilities.

 

Aims of Religious Education

In summary, the National Curriculum for Religious Education for children and young people aims to:

  • Provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • It encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • It enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • It prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

We follow the Discovery RE scheme for Religious Education and Staffordshire SACRE 2016.

Link to RE Policy: https://www.johnbamford.staffs.sch.uk/Policies-15062016155531/

Link to Discover RE: https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/

Link to Staffordshire SACRE 2016: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Staffordshire+SACRE+

 

  

 GROWTH MINDSET

 

  

 

 

The John Bamford Primary School has embraced Growth Mindset to promote personal development and positive attitudes to learning for our children and staff. We are committed to developing the ability of all to learn effectively, so that they are equipped to fully embrace and succeed not only in our classrooms, but in the ever changing society that we live in or when experiencing transition to a different setting.

We are working hard to ensure our children have excellent attitudes and behaviour towards their own learning. We want them to be highly motivated and engaged, to have confidence when trying new strategies and to have the ability to bounce back when finding something difficult. We want them to have high expectations of themselves and be ambitious, wanting to achieve success in everything they do.

We want to remove any barriers to their learning and develop their brain power. Learning brains make smarter decisions and happier societies! To help support this, whenever a child demonstrates the use of Growth Mindset they can earn Growth Mindset points that contribute to their ‘class brain’. The three classes with the most Growth mindset points at the end of the week are announced in our weekly Celebration Assembly (whole school). The children work collectively to achieve an end of term prize for their class. Classes also complete e.g. Y4 v Y4 and the winners are celebrated with a golden brain trophy that is displayed on their classroom door to show off to the rest of the school.