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Our Vision Statement and Values

Our School Vision Statement:

 

“Working together to nurture, raise aspirations and promote life in its fullness. Through our Christian ethos we seek to develop happy, enquiring minds, a spirit of curiosity, respect, and resilience. We value every member of our school community for who they are and through challenge, support and building positive relationships, we pursue excellence in all we do.

‘Ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.’ Matthew 7.7

Our ethos and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

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As a Church of England Primary School we aim to earth our values in the wisdom and understanding of the Christian faith and particularly in the gospel values founded in the reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the Christian tradition that gives our values content and the story of Jesus that gives our values moral substance.

Our Pupils (through the Collective Worship Council), Foundation Governors and staff chose the following Christian Values for our school:

         

 

Year A

Year B

Term 1

Core Value: Perseverance

Core Value: Respect

Term 2

Advent and Christmas from Roots and Fruits 2

Advent and Christmas

Term 3

Core Value: Friendship

Core Value: Forgiveness

Term 4

Easter and Holy Week from Roots and Fruits 2

Easter and Holy Week

Term 5

Core Value: Service

Core Value: Courage

Term 6

Miracles of Jesus from Roots and Fruits 2 inc Communion Service

Words of Jesus or People Jesus Meets from Roots and Fruits 2

 

As love is the foundation of all values it has not been included as a separate value. Our values are based around love and caring for other people.

Each Value is the focus for acts of Collective Worship for a 5/6 week term.

 

How do we transmit our values?

  • Through the management ethos and values of our school. This ensures that the school environment is a safe and caring place where children can share, think about and experience ethical enquiry.
  • Through teachers’ example and use of moral language, which will help pupils internalise ideas of what is acceptable and not acceptable in the living, working community of our church school.
  • Through subjects of the curriculum.
  • Through collective worship where we explore community/ our Christian values.
  • Through teaching methods that convey respect for people, respect for truth, acceptance of responsibility for actions and a concern for justice and fairness.
  • Through learning that helps pupils comprehend imaginatively the equal importance of other people.

 

About Each Value

 

Perseverance

Jesus frequently encouraged his disciples to “endure patiently” the difficulties and obstacles they encountered and to persevere in the face of adversity. He himself trusted in God even when his enemies tried to stop his work and plotted his death.

'I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.' Philippians 4.13

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Moses sees the Promised Land  Numbers 20, Deutmy 31,34
  • Stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible including Down in the Well, A Time to Build, The Lost Sheep.

 

Friendship

Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationships made possible through Jesus.

'Encourage one another and build each other up.' 1 Thessalonians 5.11

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Jonathan and David                   1 Samuel 18
  • The Garden of Gethsemane         Matthew 26
  • Down through the Roof               Luke 5
  • The Helpful Servant                    2 Kings 5

 

Service

Jesus exemplified in his person, ministry and relationship with God, what it was to be called the 'servant king'. Christians believe that their calling is to follow Jesus' example and serve God.

'Serve one another in love.' Galatians 5.13

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • 'I do not come to be served, but to serve'  Matthew 20.28
  • Matthew 4. 18-20
  • The Paralysed Man      Matthew 9
  • A Widow and her Son  1 Kings 17

 

Respect

The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those whose response is one of respect are acknowledging God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world. Reverence takes this response a step further and includes aspects of worship such as awe and wonder.

'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' Matthew 7.12

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Matthew 25 34-40
  • The Last Supper                         Matthew 26
  • Zaccheus the Tax Collector          Luke 19
  • Moses sees the Promised Land     Numbers 20
  • Other areas discussed are the work of Mother Teresa and Francis of Assisi.

 

Forgiveness

For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.

'Jesus as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.' Colossians 3.13

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • The Story of the Lost Son       Luke 15
  • The Lords Prayer                   Matthew 2, Luke 11
  • The Emmaus Road                Luke 24
  • The Story of the Lost Sheep   Luke 15
  • Stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible including Jesus and the taxman.

 

Courage

God is always present in every situation. This Christian belief has led to great acts of courage. Through prayer people have found the strength to help them to be courageous.

'Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.' Joshua 1:19

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Moses and the Burning Bush    Exodus 2-4
  • A Miraculous Crossing              Exodus 14,15
  • Daniel and the Lions
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Rahab and the Spies                Joshua 2
  • 'Perfect love casts out all fear'  1 John 4.18

 

 

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