At Old Cleeve we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain.
We encourage all children to be tolerant and respectful to those of different faiths and beliefs. This is done by providing the children with an understanding of the main festivals and key dates of significance to British culture e.g. Remembrance Day, and major political events such as elections.
We are forming strong links in our local community with other local schools and are participating in a range of out of school activities e.g. sporting events, and events in the local community.
Values Education at Old Cleeve C of E First School
At Old Cleeve it is our aim to raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere.
At Old Cleeve we give regular thought to how values can be used to support the child as a reflective learner and promote quality teaching and learning.
In our society children are increasingly encouraged through advertising to think of happiness as something which can be found simply in the material world. They are generally encouraged to experience life in a world which is external to their inner selves.
As a school community we believe that the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of values.
The values we focus on are:
These are at times addressed directly through lessons and assemblies but also permeate the whole curriculum. Either way, they are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We encourage children to consider these values, and thereby to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civil adults.
Implementing the Values Education Programme
We aim for a calm, reflective atmosphere which facilitates contemplation. Then the children get to know themselves better and develop a sense of responsibility for their own lives and happiness.
At the start of the year class rules are decided with the children: the rules are then real and meaningful for the children.
Opportunities are taken to discuss values throughout the curriculum.
As teachers, we try to live the values: we teach best by being role models.
Teaching and Learning
The elements of Values Education are:
Teaching and Learning about Values takes place in the following ways:
In order for the school’s purpose to be effective and for the values to be meaningful to the pupils, the staff understand that the basic needs of children are:
In order to try to meet the needs of children, staff try always to be consistent in their own behaviour and in their expectations of the children. They:
Throughout the school the development of the following skills which contribute to reflective thinking about values are encouraged:
Activities that promote Reflective Thinking
Teachers are especially mindful of the activities that promote positive thinking and incorporate these into their teaching as much as possible. These include:
The benefits that come when children are expected to be reflective about values are:
Children behaving more calmly and purposely.
Children able to concentrate and reflect more on their own behaviour.
Children being more self-aware and self-accepting.
Children being more considerate to others and less ego-centred.
Children taking a greater responsibility for their own actions.
The improvement of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Pupils knowing themselves better and being able to relate to others more effectively.
The approaches outlined describe how the school uses core values as a basis for its work. The success of our approach to teaching and learning is not easily measured but it is evident in the school’s positive ethos and in the personal qualities that pupils display in the community.
Old Cleeve School Vision
The school has a broad, balanced, engaging, challenging and exciting curriculum which allows all children to reach their full potential in a happy, stimulating, inclusive and safe environment. It is flexible, achievable for all, child-led and promotes links with our local and global communities
Relationships between pupils and adults are supportive, trusting, honest and built on mutual respect where adults lead by example in line with the ethos of the school.
Pupils are happy, engaged, hardworking, motivated, confident, determined, well mannered, respectful of others and caring. They are active and motivated learners who are developing learning for life in a Christian environment. They are well rounded citizens and willing to contribute to all aspects of school life.
All pupils receive individual targeted and tailored support which meets their physical, social, academic, mental and emotional needs. Children have outstanding and punctual attendance with all children wanting to be in school. The pupils full potential is achieved and there are outstanding links between school and home.
Parents are supportive and work effectively in partnership with the school to assist with their child’s development. The school utilises the skills of parents and the contributions of parents is valued by school.
Purposeful opportunities are provided for all staff to develop up to date and relevant training. All staff are performance managed effectively and through this opportunities for development are discussed.
The school learning environment is welcoming. It is stimulating, interesting, safe, creative, motivating and enriching. It promotes independence and caters for all learning styles. Most importantly it is fun!
The outdoor environment is stimulating, multi-sensory, colourful, friendly, welcoming, safe and rich with resources which are used effectively.
The school encourages strong, purposeful and well established links and relationships with other schools sharing excellent practice and expertise.
Old Cleeve is viewed as a positive, welcoming, friendly and outstanding school that is popular and integrated in the community.