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‘A Christian Education – Life Lasting and Life Enhancing’

At STC we celebrate the whole child and have developed a holistic approach that nurtures success through care, consideration and love. We pride ourselves on our determined effort to do the very best for every child. That no matter the background of our children, we never put a ceiling on their ability or opportunities for success. Through our Christian values we demonstrate and lead the children to develop a sense of themselves and others. This also supports the British values. The introduction of three Curriculum Drivers (Community, Possibility and Heart and Soul) provides us with the opportunity to customise our curriculum content, with the aim of providing an ever more relevant and appropriate learning experience. Furthermore our values are supported by our Restorative Justice approach to community and behaviour, instilling an ethos of mutual respect and resilience. Our Compass4Life programme supports our Christian Values, especially responsibility. Though all of this, the children are given aspiration and hope that is often lacking from their personal backgrounds.

Family Worship

 

Every term each class will lead a Family  Worship on a Thursday. Please see the newsletter for the dates.

 

Our Leavers' Service will take place at St Peter's Church on Thursday 20th July at 9:30am. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the successes of Year 6 and to be able to say thank you and good bye to members of staff.

Our Christian and British Values

At St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary School, we have our six core Christian Values. These are visited regularly through our ‘Values Award’, ‘Values Beads’ and through worship and PSHE lessons, where we explore what they mean to us as individuals and as a school family. As part of this, we also link them to the 5 British Values.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rules of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of faiths and different beliefs and an awareness of what it means to be British. At St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary school these values are reinforced regularly in many ways throughout the curriculum, in our day-to-day expectations and in the following ways:-

British Value

How do we explore this in our school?

Democracy

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the rights of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
School Councillors are elected annually by their peers through a democratic process; teachers ask children to put themselves forward as candidates before conducting a class ballot. Similar processes take place to elect house captains, Eco-school representatives and the Worship Committee. The committees meet regularly to discuss issues raised in class meetings.

Pupil voice is actively encouraged in all classes throughout the school. Debates and persuasive writing from different points of views are important parts of Literacy, particularly in Key Stage 2. Ancient Greece and the birth of democracy is covered in varying degrees across the school. In Year 5 and 6 a whole term’s topic covers democracy and fairness in great depth.

All pupils take part in regular questionnaires about the school, putting forward their views and opinions as do parents in their annual survey.
 

Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced. Our whole school behaviour expectations/rules is based upon a Restorative Justice model. A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right. The children understand the need to

*tell the truth

*take responsibility

*change the behaviour.

Class rules are set by the children in each class at the beginning of the year and are discussed alongside the expectation for our core values. In each classroom is displayed a list of how to demonstrate the key values along with the consequences of not doing so. House points, certificates and other rewards are used for positive reinforcement of our school rules and expectations. Children are taught the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves, and are all made fully aware of the consequences if rules are broken. Laws or rules are also reinforced throughout the school in P.E. and in playing any sort of games both within and outside the classroom. Visits from people in authorities such as the police and fire service help reinforce these messages.

This is also supported within PSHE and RE lessons.

Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to make choices and decisions in lots of different ways throughout the school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. This includes child initiated activities in the younger classes, to volunteer for additional responsibilities such as class monitors, librarians, tuck shop monitors etc. and organising a variety of fund raising events, all of which contribute to and affect the life of the school. Through PSHE pupils are advised how to exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely when using the internet etc and through topics on safety and drugs.

Respect

Respect is at the heart of Restorative Justice approach to behaviour. For more details, please see our Policy for Enhancing Community Relationships and Learning at St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary School.

Adults model respect in their daily interactions with children, providing good role models, encouraging manners etc.
Talks from the NSPCC, Road safety team, E-safety work, visits from the community support officers all contribute to encouraging respect for yourself and others. Discussions in worship, and the use of stories help reinforce the meaning of respect and how it is shown. Our emphasis on good sportsmanship, being magnanimous in defeat, celebrating and rewarding success, all play an important part in promoting this value.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

We regularly celebrate diversity within our worship through stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Where ever possible, we encourage our children who discuss their faiths and beliefs and to share their first hand experiences.

Curriculum work in RE provides opportunities to learn about Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam, including visits to places of worship. Work on ‘Signs and symbols’ and ‘Religious leaders’ deepen children’s understanding and knowledge, alongside topic themes such as, ‘Come and join the celebration’, ‘Christmas in other countries around the world,’ all deepen children’s understanding of other faiths and beliefs. Whole school topics such as Carnivals and Celebrations allow us to celebrate festivals such as Chinese New Year. Stories from other cultures in Literacy and displays around the school, all enhance and promote children’s education and understanding of this value.

Awareness of what it means to be British

We value and celebrate being part of Britain with its diverse heritages and celebrate a variety of traditions and customs throughout the year, including national events such as Red Nose Day and Children in Need. Remembrance Day is observed each year, by children purchasing poppies and holding a minute’s silence, along with Pancake day and Royal family celebrations.

Through RE, visitors into school, our weekly ‘Open The Book’ worship, visits to church, celebrations at Harvest, Easter and Christmas and work on all Christian festivals, all play an important role in deepening children’s awareness of faith in our local community.
Topics developing an awareness of what it means to be British and a better understanding of what Britain is like include: Celebrations – births, marriages, christenings, saints days; The Battle of Britain, local History work looking at Tudor & Victorian buildings, Countries within the UK, local Geography work including characteristics of our local environment and the Suffragettes. Different aspects of British life are also studied and how they have developed and changed over time eg. inventions, discoveries, homes and medicine etc.

 

 

 

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