School Ethos and British Values
Little Stoke Primary School Ethos, Aims and British Values.
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Little Stoke Primary School Ethos
Little Stoke School is a purposeful learning community where both adults and children can develop skills, understanding and awareness. We expect high levels of achievement from everyone and encourage an attitude of hard work and responsibility. We aim to identify learning needs effectively and support individuals well; standing alongside children as they develop.
In this school the over-riding aim is to create a happy, stimulating and relaxed environment, where self-confidence and good relations may develop. Evidence of learning experiences and children’s ideas are highly valued by staff and, whenever possible, these are shared with a wider audience.
We believe that ‘ability’ is not a fixed concept; it can be encouraged and developed to ensure that all children from all backgrounds are able to dream, plan and achieve. We are a tolerant learning community that, within limits, will enable children to make mistakes and learn from them in order to develop resilience and determination. We want our children to have the highest aspirations in life and to have an open mind to the way their lives may change and develop.
We believe that, unless shown otherwise, parents know their children best. We work closely with families to ensure the school aims are met, providing high levels of care, pastoral support, advice and guidance.
We believe in self-expression through the confident use of language and the importance of children being able to form opinions, socialise well, communicate effectively and link ideas creatively. Our approaches to behaviour management focus on developing self-awareness, empathy, responsibility and citizenship.
Little Stoke Primary School Aims
To provide a happy, safe, school at the heart of the local community where pupils love to learn.
We believe that how we work and learn together is important. A place where adults and children enjoy being together makes learning an exciting part of every day.
To support the development of lively, enquiring minds in our pupils.
We believe that all children can find the confidence to discover amazing things about the world around them and learn about the opportunities and possibilities that are waiting for them as they grow.
To provide a curriculum that excites, challenges and inspires.
We believe in finding the spark that engages children, and takes them on an amazing learning journey. We believe in a broad, culturally inclusive curriculum that prepares our children for a fulfilling future.
To encourage our pupils to achieve academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
We believe in nurturing and encouraging children to find success in every aspect of their lives. We celebrate progress and believe that all children can achieve to a high level.
To provide high quality partnerships that improve the lives of all our pupils.
We believe in making strong links with parents, families and communities to ensure we set aspirational goals and our pupils achieve all they possibly can.
British Values at Little Stoke Primary School – please click the link below
We have a pupil forum which meets every month with the PSHCE lead to discuss issues raised across the school. The council has a direct feedback system to the head teacher and the CoG and can affect change within our school. Every child on the pupil forum is voted in by their class. Children also have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Pupils at Little Stoke know that their opinion matters and feel consulted about, for example, recent changes to the dinner hall systems, online safety and playground resources and support.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are
consistently reinforced at Little stoke Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Class Rules or playground expectations. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message. We encourage our pupils to be interested in the world around them, understand why systems work the way they do and to have and express an opinion so that laws always evolve and and commented upon.
At Little Stoke Primary 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 young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons. As a school we always discuss personal responsibility alongside the concept on liberty and freedom.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with
respect. We identify and discuss our cultural and individual identity, similarities and differences and we celebrate the diversity that our school holds. Respect for others in our school and local community is built on understanding and a belief that difference is healthy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Little Stoke Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Our multicultural pages on our website illustrate our commitment to exploring our diverse school community. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Our Learning Skills are once again ready to be altered and the new skills are named and described below. They apply to KS1 and KS2 and we will get dislays up at the start of term for these. We will award certificates in celebration assembly for these as we did with the old learning skills. We will no longer use the Language Drivers as the significance of using good word choices, correct terminology, technical language and the right words to express emotions is embedded in how we all relate to our pupils and part of our expectations as a staff team. The new learning skills are;
Inspire – Pupils inspire when they use language well, talk or write fluently with good word choices and with confidence.
Commit – Pupils show dedication to practice in order to get better, they re-draft and refine their work in response to accurate, targeted feedback.
Reflect – Pupils develop self-awareness and consideration for the needs of others.
Shine – Pupils shine when they ask questions, show interest, link ideas and explore the wider world.