Northaw C of E Primary School

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Vision & Values

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

In our school, which has a Christian Foundation, we aim to:

  • Create a safe, stimulating learning environment which supports and inspires the whole school community to embrace life-long learning 
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of children Teach, model and live by the Christian values we share 
  • Teach creatively in order to promote creative learning within creative classrooms 
  • Make pupils’ learning experience enjoyable, relevant, interesting and effective 
  • Encourage pupils to think, question and lead 
  • Enable pupils to become good citizens, now and in their future 
  • Develop the skills of and a joy in reading for all children 
  • Develop a growth mind set in pupils, colleagues and parents 
  • Work collaboratively to share ideas, skills and interests

The 6 Rs

At Northaw CE Primary we believe that children will become effective, lifelong learners if they possess the skills that will help them have a growth mindset and an ability to keep going even if they find things difficult.

The work of Professor Guy Claxton stresses the need to teach children tools and skills that will help to build their learning power and teach them how to 'learn to learn'. 

At Northaw CE Primary we focus on 6 main values which were based initially on the work of Guy Claxton. We have evolved these in order to suit our children and prepare them for their next stage in education. We believe we are all Living for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

As a school we believe that by developing these 6R skills the children will become more effective, life-long learners who understand why they learn and have a desire to continue to learn. We link this understanding of learning to our Christian beliefs and ethos. The two areas we believe are interchangeable.

The values are:


Reasoning:

To be able to think through problems and being ready to make sense of a given situation in order to either learn from it or to solve a problem or create something.


Responsibility:

Being aware of our roles and responsibilities, how we should behave, what we should do and why.


Resourcefulness:

Being ready and willing and able to learn in different ways.


Resilience:

Being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning, to keep going when things get tough. Stickability!


Reflection:

Being able to look back on our work, experiences, experiences of others and on the world around us and learn from this.


Respect:

Thinking about how we should behave appropriately towards our peers, adults, our own learning opportunities, our resources and our environment. 

British values

The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Northaw Church of England Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through discussion and open forums within their classes; through our House system; through interviews and through Pupil Voice. Our school behaviour system involves rewards (including house points) which the pupils are encouraged to nominate others for. Pupils are given leadership roles throughout the school and are encouraged and enabled to lead teaching activities and fundraising events.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and leaders from secondary schools and local churches are regular parts of our calendar and they help to reinforce the rules of law and responsibility.

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 of provision of a safe environment with the support of the strong foundations formed from our core values (responsibility, resourcefulness, resilience, respect, reflection and reasoning). Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately. We teach this through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons; and through our day to day conversations, expectations and modelling throughout the day.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour for learning policy has revolved around core values (6Rs), 'Respect’ is one of these values. Displays around the school promote respect for others. Respect is reiterated regularly in our classrooms, in our daily conversations and expectations and is expressed in our behaviour for learning policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and P4C. The school has a high-profile vocabulary around our core values which remain at the heart of all we do and so pupils understand their responsibility in respecting others. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Visitors from different faiths and cultures are invited into our school to share facts, beliefs and rituals with our pupils. 

British Values and our Curriculum:

In English lessons across the school we study the works of English writers and poets and spend time discussing the impact of their work on British society as a whole as well as at a personal level.

In History lessons we focus on important moments throughout British history and teach the events chronology to the children in order for them to gain an understanding of how Britain came to be: from the early British settlers, to the British Empire and up to modern day Britain. The pupils learn about key and important figures throughout British history.

Pupils learn about our Government and Parliament, Democracy and our British laws. Cross-curricular links are made to engage the children further in their learning and encourage them to think and question.

Further information:

Please click here to find out about mentoring for pupil wellbeing at Northaw CE Primary.