In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Pennington C of E Junior School
- The school has a supportive Christian ethos where pupils can be individuals, develop respect for others and be respected themselves. Christian values underpin all aspects of the school’s work and is explicitly explored in daily Collective Worship.
- Pupils are encouraged to be reflective during collective worship and in RE and PSHE lessons.
- The school follows the Hampshire Agreed syllabus for RE and this is supported by Understanding Christianity.
- Celebration assembly enables pupils to share and celebrate their, and other pupils', successes and achievements. Celebrating talents allows pupils to develop a sense of self.
- Pupils take part in prayer and are helped to reflect on how biblical messages are relevant to their lives today.
- Pupils visit special places e.g. St Mark’s Church and Winchester Cathedral in year 6.
- We have a rich and varied curriculum and seek to develop creative and imaginative responses to art and music. Pupils are encouraged to explore and develop that which inspires them.
- During the school day there is time for reflection and mindfulness in daily worship.
- Our values provide the basis for behaviour and this is promoted consistently through all aspects of school life and through the reward system highlighted in Celebration Assemblies and throughout the school day.
- Policies and curriculum planning provide opportunities for children to consider questions of right and wrong and explore values. Pupils and staff discuss the outcomes and consequences of actions.
- Pupils regularly raise funds for related charities and understand what is happening in other parts of the world.
- Pupils feel comfortable to express their views and show good sportsmanship.
- Children participate in community projects such as singing at the Pennington Village Christmas Event, taking part in the Open Gardens event and supporting the Summer event on Pennington Common.
- The school environment, through display etc., reinforces the values of the school community.
- Staff and children act as role models during everyday life, through their roles as Peer Mentors and Sports Leaders.
- We teach the difference between right and wrong and adults consistently model, through the quality of relationships in school, fairness, integrity, justice, respect and conflict resolution.
- Class expectations are drawn up by the children and teacher at the beginning of the year.
- Code of conducts are used for internet safety and bullying and shared with parents.
- Our PSHE curriculum allows children to explore their understanding of what is right and wrong and how our behaviour affects others.
- We foster a sense of community and inspire our pupils to be tolerant and respectful of difference. We promote equality through our PSHE curriculum and other subject areas and through our daily Collective Worship.
- We take opportunities to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Among others, we support, Children in Need, the Foodbank, Oakhaven and the Piam Brown children’s cancer ward in Southampton.
- New pupils adjust well to the school and are firmly accepted by their classmates.
- We develop our pupils’ leadership skills and give them opportunities to exercise responsibility: for example, through the School Council, Peer Mentors, Eco Team, Sports Leaders and Junior Librarians. We are also developing a Worship team.
- Peer Mentors – we have recently introduced our Peer Mentors and through this several children are being trained in playground leadership; they promote fair play and introduce games to the children at break times.
- School Council – meet half-termly to look at ways to improve our school.
- A range of before and after-school clubs are offered and are very well attended.
- Residential trips are offered in upper KS2 to promote positive co-operative experiences.
- Pupils join with other pupils from local schools to participate in sports contests and collaborate in teams to compete against other clusters of schools
- Every week, we hold an activities club on a Friday evening from 6 – 7.30pm to give children an opportunity to meet in a relaxed setting to play games and enjoy the company of their peers.
- We offer annual camps in the school grounds for upper and lower school which are very well attended.
- Year 6 have an annual residential to develop their team-working, resilience and social skills and, for many, this is their first time away from home.
- We recognise and nurture pupils’ particular gifts and talents. All are encouraged to be the best that they can be.
- Our new curriculum is designed to develop children’s cultural knowledge and understanding.
- We provide opportunities for pupils to participate in literature, drama, music, art, crafts and other cultural events and encourage pupils to reflect on their significance.
- We reinforce the school’s cultural values through displays, posters, exhibitions etc.
- We are focusing on the teaching of new vocabulary to close the vocabulary gap for our children.
- We are developing a programme to expose children to a range of composers, artists and writers to develop children’s cultural capital.