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Our visions 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.

British Values at Sandcross Primary School

 

Our Mission:-

 

'Finding Excellence In Everyone'

 

 Our Goals:-

  • Excellent progress for every child
  • Every child safe, happy, healthy, valued and succeeding
  • Every child engaged and motivated by curriculum provision, which meets their needs
  • To sustain and develop all staff to perform to high standards
  • An excellent environment and infrastructure in which every child thrives

 

Our long term vision:-

If we carry out our roles wisely, thoroughly and creatively, every child will become...

More confident

More articulate    

More literate    

More numerate    

Better prepared to cope with life’s challenges

 

Our One Rule:-

We show 'respect, kindness and tolerance for everyone'

 

Our Aims:-

To achieve our aspirations for the children in our school, we aim to :-

 

  • promote a love of learning.
  • provide a happy, safe and secure learning environment.
  • offer a diverse range of learning experiences, always fun, always engaging and packed with  memorable moments.
  • nurture, confident, independent individuals who are equipped and skilled for later life.
  • give everyone the opportunity to fulfil their highest potential, both academically, and in respect of their wider interests and talents
  • Challenge children to use their imagination, to think creatively, to solve problems for themselves and develop resilience
  • Mentor and coach our children so that they receive honest, regular feedback which helps them to overcome barriers to their learning
  • Promote positive strategies which enable children to learn outstanding behaviour, coupled with an understanding and compassion for others
  • offer a bespoke curriculum that makes full use of the local community and environment but also reaches out in to the wider world to nurture global thinkers; global citizens of the future.
  • offer the widest possible range of enrichment activities and experiences, including after school clubs and educational visits, enabling every child to participate.
  • provide expert teaching and high quality teachers who are well trained, highly motivated and well supported.
  •  Develop a sense of belonging to a learning community for children and families

 

Our Values:-

Our visions 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.

 

  • Making a Contribution 
  • Being a Peacemaker 
  • Using Imagination 
  • Being Courageous 
  • Being a Great Communicator 
  • Being Resilient 
  • Being Independent

 

British Values at Sandcross Primary School

  

At Sandcross Primary we are committed to serving our community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

 

Sandcross Primary follows equal opportunities guidance which seeks to guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We take the job of preparing children to cope with challenges in life very seriously, helping them learn to be contributors to the diverse and dynamic community in which they live.

 

An understanding of British values is a critical part of this education.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:

 

·       the rule of law

·       individual liberty

·       mutual respect

·       tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

The examples that follow show some of the ways in which Sandcross Primary seeks to embed British values.

    Democracy

  • Elections are held for important decisions within the school community, for example we have School Council and the representatives are elected by their classmates
  • Teachers also consult their classes when selecting a child per class to receive a Values certificate each week in Celebrations Assembly
  • Pupil voice is fundamental to the way we work and every child meets individually with their class teacher each half term to discuss their progress and personal development so that they can aim for success in every area
  • Parent and pupil surveys and consultations are frequently used to find out what people think and enable us to respond and continuously work to improve the school

 

The rule of law

  • There is only one school rule :- ‘We show kindness and respect to everyone’.

This is translated into high expectations of conduct in and around the school, for example, walking on the left and holding open doors for others to pass through.

  • Individual classrooms have a few rules created annually with each new class to show children what they must do ( We are polite to everyone) and what they must never do (eg ‘ We never stop other people from learning)
  • Rights and responsibilities are emphasised through Class Charters and through work undertaken in PSHE and assemblies. For example:-

a) Children at Sandcross know that they have a right to come to school and learn and that in this country, it is the law that  children go to school every day! They were shocked to find that in some countries, only boys are allowed this privilege. They were also impressed to learn that some families living high up in the mountains in northern India, walk for six days, down a dangerous, partly frozen river, so that the children can go to school.

b) They know that they have the right to be safe. Restorative approaches are used to enable children to understand each other better and resolve disputes without physical conflict or intimidation. They also know who to talk to if they are worried.

c) They know that they have to respect the rights of all other people.

d) Our children are taught these rights and that adults have the responsibility to ensure that their rights are respected.

 

Individual liberty

  • Pupils at Sandcross Primary are encouraged to exercise their right to freedom of speech by representing their views to their School Council and Sports Council representatives
  • Half-termly individual mentoring sessions help children learn to give and receive feedback and work on improvements needed. By the end of Year 6, almost all pupils are eagerly seeking to be ‘green’ in all areas of learning and personal development.
  • Sandcross Primary has a clear Anti-bullying Policy linked to restorative approaches. Sanctions, if needed, are based on the principle of inclusion rather than exclusion and in most cases involve helping a child to put right any harm they may have done, thinking about others affected by their actions. Time Out is used in various forms, respecting the physical and emotional needs of any children concerned and involving parents when a child needs their support.

 

Mutual Respect

  • Mutual respect is at the heart of Sandcross Primary and makes this school a calm and happy place for everyone. We expect all members of the Sandcross Primary community to treat each other with kindness and respect and live the values every day. Children learn this through their interactions with staff, in assemblies and in lessons and playtimes.
  • For example, Year 4 link up with a school in Kenya via a local organisation and our fundraising for the charity Mary's Meals at harvest time provides meals for children across Africa.  It costs just £12.20 to feed a child for a whole year.  We raised over £1200 last year so we have fed nearly 100 children for a whole year.  The children write to each other and sometimes link up on Skype. In that same project, the book ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ is the text studied and children learn, often for the first time, that apartheid prevented people of different colours from getting on the same bus. This is always a powerful and somewhat shocking learning experience for the children.
  • Through participation in fundraising activities, our children learn to consider those in communities beyond those familiar to them. They love helping to support causes such as Comic Relief and often make suggestions for charities they would like to support. School Council have the casting vote on an annual basis.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Our assembly themes are all based around the school values, showing children many, many examples of how they can embed these values in their own lives in order to be successful. We have surprised ourselves by finding unlimited different ways to explore these themes.
  • The RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
  • We link the school values into learning at every opportunity. For example: ​

On Remembrance Day 2014, the whole school celebrated ‘Being Peacemakers’ with a vast display of poppies all over the school, accompanied by children’s thoughts and poems. Yr 2, who were learning about Islam at the time, made a whole wreath of their poppies, each poppy with a message of peace on the back from a child. This was presented to the Imam at Earslwood Mosque with the message ‘Peace be with you, from everyone at Sandcross Primary School’. It is true that not all parents felt able to support this activity, but many were prepared to accompany the children on the visit and back in school, all the children were involved in learning about the role of Muslim soldiers in WW1.

  • We encourage students to make a contribution within a culturally diverse society and above all to ensure that they leave Sandcross Primary with a set of values which will ensure they continue to contribute positively to society as they enter adult life.

 

Links between British Values and SMSC at Sandcross Primary School – some examples

 

 

Democracy

The rule of law

Individual liberty

Mutual respect and tolerance of difference

Spiritual

(reflective, questions of belief and emotion)

Children’s designs for the school logo

All classes, clear expectations. One school rule ‘We show kindness and respect to everyone’

Nelson Mandela’s poem ‘My indomitable soul’

‘Being a Peacemaker’ assemblies

Moral

(rights and respect, social dilemmas)

School Council and class discussions

Restorative processes

Anti-bullying assemblies and workshops

Yr 4 ‘Journey to Jo’Burg

Restorative approaches to dealing with conflict

Social

(expected customs and behaviours)

Asking children to nominate peers for receiving a Values certificate, with examples

Consistent, positive behaviour for learning every classroom and assembly – Zone Boards

Teaching children how to manage conflict and understand rights of others through restorative approaches

As above

Cultural

(The place of music, song, dance, poetry and art in our world)

Talent Show – fairness and recognition of talents of others

Participation in choirs, concerts, festivals – high expectations of courtesy and contribution and appreciation of great music

‘Courage’ – having the confidence to be themselves and perform in public

Sandcross School Song

The Values Song

 

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