Vision and Values of the School
Our core values of Resilience, Perseverance, Curiosity and Kindness underpin all that we do. Our vision is for our children to develop these values, and grow as learners, to celebrate challenge and learn from mistakes together.
Our pupils are encouraged to be
Good Thinkers and Good Learners
by developing the key values of:
Perseverance…. Helps us to keep doing something even when it is difficult.
Resilience…. Helps us to feel OK about making mistakes.
Kindness…. Makes us friendly and considerate of other people’s feelings.
Curiosity …… Makes us eager to learn and ask questions.
At Village Infants we believe that children learn best when
They feel good about themselves. This will happen when they feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them. They need to perceive difficulty not as a failure but as an opportunity to embrace challenge and learn something new. This allows them to develop Perseverance and Resilience so that they are eager to learn and willing to try new things and not give up when ‘the going gets tough!’
At Village we promote the fundamental British Values of:
Democracy and the right to have your views heard, is a core value of the school. All pupils are treated fairly and have an equal right to be listened to and express their views. Our School Council is a focal part of pupil decision making. Members are elected at the beginning of each year to represent the views of their class. Meetings are held with the School Council Lead (Mrs Dean) every half term. Reports of meetings are available on the school website for pupils to share with their parents.
Pupil voice is also facilitated through weekly class assemblies where, whenever the need arises, children are given the opportunity to speak about issues that affect the themselves. their class/school.
Parents and Carers are invited to share their views of the school in an annual questionnaire and Parent Voice feedback forms. An open door policy and regular informal coffee mornings with the Head Teacher provide other opportunities for home/school information sharing in addition to regular meetings and curriculum workshops.
The Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from staff, parents, the LA and the community.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in everyday school life as well as in assemblies, class discussions, and when behaviour issues are dealt with. Pupils are taught to recognise right from wrong. The school rules (kInd hands, kind feet, kind words) are reviewed with pupils at the start of every academic year and pupils may agree on some additional class rules with their teacher. Pupils are taught the reasons behind these rules and supported to keep them. The latter are displayed in the school hall and every classroom. All displays are supported with visual images to ensure all pupils are able to have ownership of them regardless of ability or reading level. Pupils are encouraged to Stop – Think and Choose the Right Thing. Failure to keep school rules comes with a consequence but mistakes are used as opportunities to move forward with more wisdom.
The school has regular contact with the school police liaison officers. Thus providing a healthy link between school laws and laws of the land.
Before starting school, children, parents and the Head Teacher commit to our Home School Agreement.
Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a positive sense of self and understanding that others may have different opinions. This is done through assemblies, PHSE lessons and E-Safety lessons etc. We educate our young pupils and provide boundaries for them to: Stop – Think and Choose, helping them to make decisions that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. This is reinforced by the school logo: Good Thinkers, Good Learners. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms whilst understanding that their choices cannot compromise the rights of others.
Pupils learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through assemblies and curricular topics. They learn, at an age relevant level for infants, how important events in history have shaped our lives and what has made Britain and the world what it is today. Inter-faith festivals are also celebrated and our World Celebration Week encourages appreciation of things that are special to others worldwide. Pupils are taught about difference and diversity and also commonalities to help them appreciate the need to treat each other with mutual respect. [School Rules & Behaviour Policy] Sports activities also promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Our RE and PHSE curriculum, World Celebration week, SEAL lessons, Assemblies, School Rules, School Logo: Good Thinkers, Good Learners and listed policies reinforce the message of tolerance and respect for others. Pupils are taught to feel special
about themselves and respect the rights and beliefs of everybody else. They are encouraged to celebrate diversity and are supported by staff to express their feelings, and when necessary, to negotiate with their peers to resolve disagreements.
Every minute of every school day provides a wealth of opportunities to enrich the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils to give them the skills essential to be successful citizens in the community in which they live.
Home School Agreement
Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy
Teaching and Learning Policy
Curriculum Policies – RE, PHSE