Values Based Education
We have always prided ourselves on being a caring school and this has often been commented upon by visitors to our school. Values-based Education seeks to focus upon things that often happen without thinking. It provides a structure for understanding how we should behave towards each other - adults and children.
A value is defined as ‘a principle that guides behaviour’ and as a school we believe that adopting values education further supports and promotes our aims and vision.
Values-based Education is about the whole school community - staff, pupils and parents and we want to ensure that everyone within it feels special and valued.
Since September 2014, we have been studying one value each month as a focus for assemblies, class lessons and activities in and around school. Values are referred to in our conversations with children and are built into class charters and agreements.
The cycle of values to be studied continues over two years and was completed in August 2016 and again in 2018 and 2020. From September 2020 we began the cycle again - focussing on two values per half term. The values are in pairs which compliment each other so that we can build on what has already been learned and give us greater understanding of their importance and how we might all put them into practice.
To further enrich our whole school curriculum and to integrate a more thematic approach, we have joined the Cornerstones Curriculum family. This is a nationally recognised approach for delivering 'outstanding' and truly 'enriched' learning opportunities.
It's the Cornerstones Philosophy to 'bring the curriculum to life'. Each stage provides opportunities for children to learn and respond in a variety of ways, keeping projects flexible and able to follow children's interests and needs.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.