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Vision,Values including British Values & SMSC

 

Our Mission Statement

"Together Everyone Achieves More."

Wolsey House Vision and Values

 

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 to be confident, happy citizens. Wolsey House Primary School is at the heart of the community. The happiness and wellbeing of each child is central to the ethos of the school. Children are encouraged to cooperate with one another, respect diversity and treat others as equals.

 

We are a highly motivated and caring team. We are committed to providing opportunities for all our learners to develop into respectful, compassionate citizens, who contribute positively to the wellbeing of others and society. 

Our Vision

Our Vision

 

At Wolsey House Primary School we strive to ensure that every child achieves all-round success and their full potential.

 

We believe to achieve all-round success and their full potential, children need to:

  • Be happy and self-confident individuals

  • Be fit and have a healthy life-style

  • Form positive and respectful relationships

  • Develop a life-long love of learning

  • Be literate and numerate

  • Be knowledgeable and skilled

  • Be responsible citizens of England and the world

  • Be creative and reflective thinkers

  • Make good choices through knowing right from wrong

     

    We aim to achieve our Vision by:

  1. Creating a school where everyone is safe, happy and healthy and where everyone strives to live by our 6 core values (responsibility, respect, courage, honesty, kindness and co-operation).
  2. Creating a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is included and valued and where differences are celebrated.
  3. Creating a curriculum which inspires children to become confident and capable learners who are proud of their achievements.
  4. Nurturing a lifelong love of learning through exciting learning experiences and high quality teaching.
  5. Encouraging children to make positive and creative contributions to society.
  6. Working in close partnership with parents and the wider community to promote children's learning and well-being.

 

British Values Statement

 

 Promoting British Values at Wolsey House Primary School

 

The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.

 

At Wolsey House Primary School, we understand core British Values as:

 

  • Democracy

  • Rule of Law

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual respect and tolerance towards those of different faiths and cultures

     

    These values flow through the very fabric of our school ethos. Pupils are reminded of them both explicitly during key stage assemblies, displays and implicitly through carefully planned units of work in various subjects.

     

    At Wolsey House, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This promotes and engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of their potential. The School Council plays an integral part in driving the school forward in its promotion of British Values.

     

At Wolsey House Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Learning Environment

As children enter the school hall where they may eat their lunch, undertake a PE lesson or participate in an act of worship, they walk into a vibrant learning environment which has a colourful and meaningful display entitled ‘Celebrating Culture through Colour’. These are a series of display boards representing the major faiths- a constant reminder of the common values across all faiths which are celebrated at Wolsey House. This was an inclusive project and involved every child from the age of 3 to 11 in creating an individual piece of art work for this display.

During acts of worship, teachers and members of the senior leadership team remind children about managing their behaviour and the importance of school rules. Furthermore, they are taught to believe in themselves and pursue excellence through hard work, within a climate of high expectations and support.

 

Curriculum

At Wolsey House, our pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum which includes units of work which are underpinned by British values and British culture:

In key Stage One pupils study stories from a range of cultures and look at the lives of inspirational British people. Pupils look at the Christian creation story as well as looking at symbols from other faiths. Also, children look at the features of England and the tradition of visiting the seaside.

In Key Stage Two, children study British history from many different eras as well as visiting various places of worship within the local area. Furthermore, pupils take part in poppy day celebrations. Also, pupils take part in the election process in order to elect school councillors.

 

Democracy

Democracy is embedded at the school.  Pupil Voice is valued and pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members and House Captains are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced.  Our school has a set of rules, which are deeply embedded in our work every day.  Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.  Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons.  Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the core values of our school and promoting this is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school.  The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.  The core value of Respect at Wolsey House Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.

 

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  Wolsey House Primary School enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E.; visits to other schools in different settings to participate in celebrations such as Diwali; visits to a range of places of worhip; welcoming visitors from other schools which are not predominately white British and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks.   During "One World Week" the whole school will focus on  and each class will specifically focus on one country from that continent.  Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding.  Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. 

 

Our aim is for pupils to leave Wolsey House with many positive and universal values that will act as support structures and points of reference for their journeys ahead.

 

We believe that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is a strength in our school. It permeates the Curriculum and children have opportunities to develop their understanding of SMSC and explore a range of issues and themes. Wolsey House Primary School has a long term coverage chart of aspects of SMSC. These plans are constantly reviewed and updated so that we can take into account our rapidly changing world.  Different learning opportunities that may arise under these headings. There are photos of the range of activities relating to SMSC on this website.

At Wolsey House Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all children have a well-rounded and balanced curriculum that promotes both academic education and a social education to prepare all children for the future. To meet both of these aims, as well as following the  statutory national curriculum we are developing our own school curriculum that allows all children to be engaged with the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and  Cultural) aims as outlined by the government. We have developed these ideas and merged them with the PHSE Scheme, JIGSAW and Route to Resilience to ensure that our children are equipped with the skills to take their role in today’s society in Britain. We have six strands that our school curriculum will focus on: Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural, Physical and Economic.

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

The spiritual development of children is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect or different peoples faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences

The moral development of children is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues

The social development of children is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with children from different religious, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflict effectively
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain

   The cultural development of children is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

The physical development of children is shown by their:

  • Development of a competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Willingness to be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Willingness to engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Knowledge of how to lead healthy, active lives

The economic development of children is show by their:

  • Willingness to develop knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society
  • Interest to take their place in society as responsible citizens
  • Development of skills and knowledge to manage their money well and make sound financial decisions

 

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