ASKING QUESTIONS, SEEKING ANSWERS
Our school is a busy, friendly and caring place to be, where children are motivated to learn through our varied and exciting curriculum.
At Baschurch, we are committed to high standards of achievement for all our pupils. Our inspirational teachers plan exciting and creative experiences to ensure that the children develop confidence, curiosity and a love of learning.
We ensure that our school is a secure and stimulating environment that allows every child the opportunity to reach their potential.
As a Church of England school, we aim to work with the community to provide high quality education within the context of Christian Belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significant of faith, and promote Christian values through the experiences we offer to all our children.
The Baschurch Way
Our core values are demonstrated by our whole school community in The Baschurch Way:
- Be kind, supportive and treat others how you would like to be treated
- Be polite and show good manners in all that you do
- Show respect for our school and all the people in it
- Always try to do your best & ensure others can do the same
- Be fair, honest and forgiving
Promoting British Values Statement
British values are embedded in the life of the school. They are actively promoted through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and form a part of our distinctive Christian character. British and Christian values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching across the curriculum, within Collective Worship, and by a positive behaviour policy which allows pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attributes that will allow them to contribute positively to life in Modern Britain. These values and attitudes are promoted and reinforced by all staff and used to provide a model of behaviour for all our pupils. The way in which the school community behave and treat others is built upon a basis of respect, individual worth and Christian love, while recognising that many of these guiding principles are present in other faiths and cultures.
Democracy and communication is embedded in school life as the ‘voice’ of each pupil is valued and heard. Pupils are listened to by adults and taught to listen actively to one another, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions heard. Pupils have the opportunity to share opinions and ideas through the School Council. Elections of the School Council members are based on pupil votes after each child has shared their manifesto. We have Digital Leaders, who applied for their position and were chosen on merit. The DLs can make suggestions to the staff to support teaching of Computing and ICT. They collect the opinions of other children and provide feedback to staff. Children take part in mock elections alongside real elections and learn about how the election process works in real life situations. Children take part in debates in class – particularly in literacy and history. They have opportunities to research and prepare a point of view and debate with peers, hearing and responding to other people’s point of view.
Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether governing the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced. The children discuss and set their own classroom rules to ensure that they are relevant and clearly understood by all. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, the responsibility they have to uphold them and the consequences when laws are broken. They are taught the importance of right and wrong, in particularly relating to the schools Christian values. Our behaviour policy reflects these values and children are rewarded for upholding them. Children have also been involved in creating sanctions if the school rules are not kept. The school council worked with staff on these, then collected the opinions of their peers before the final version was published in the behaviour policy.
Expectations are reinforced through class teaching, daily collective worship and circle times.
We have annual visits from the fire service who work with children to teach them about this emergency service. Class 6 spend a day at ‘Life lines’ or ‘Crucial Crew’ workshops every year to ensure they know the guidance and laws relating to the emergency services, Childline, road safety, first aid etc.
Pupils at this school are seen as unique and valued individuals, each of whom is equally important. They are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely through many curriculum subjects, particularly in PSHE and e-safety lessons.
Children are encouraged and supported in making choices about their learning through regular children initiated learning sessions and Forest School activities. Initiatives such as Digital Leaders, School Council, Monitors, Prefects are opportunities for children to show they are valued and respected. In these roles they are able to use their strengths and talents to make choices and have a positive impact on others. Children are encouraged to raise money for charity and for the school ‘Friends’ association. Children take an active part in community events, for example the village fete where they display their art work, run stalls and perform music.
Respect is an important value to pupils and staff and is deeply embedded in learning and behaviour. Pupils understand that respect must be shown to everyone, whatever differences there may be. Respect underpins school life, in and out of the classroom. Respect is a key aspect of our behaviour code ‘The Baschurch Way’ and is one of our fundamental Christian values. We introduce and reinforce this value through collective worship, in PSHE, RE and other classwork. It is part of our ethos in PE. It is also taught explicitly through e-safety, where children must show respect to each other when blogging or contributing to the school website. Good manners are taught and expected throughout the school. Children are rewarded for good manners in the dinner hall by earning a place on the ‘Posh Table’. Children are rewarded for showing respects in all areas of the school by receiving praise and a ‘Baschurch Way’ certificate.
Children are taught to respect each other; children have responsibilities in school such as being Monitors, Buddies and Prefects and it is expected that they are treated with the same respect as adults.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
Christian concepts and values form an integral part of pupils’ daily learning but are taught alongside an understanding and celebration of different faiths, cultures, philosophies and beliefs. This tolerance is embedded within all subjects, particularly RE, enabling pupils to gain an enhanced understanding of the place of religion in a multi-faith world and their own place in a culturally diverse society. We have a range of multi-cultural resources to support this learning. We learn about the major festivals of other religions and celebrate these through themed work across the school (for example Chinese New Year, Holi, Diwali, Hanukkah). Children have the opportunity to attend Chinese Culture club as an extra-curricular activity each week. Parents of children with different religions have been encouraged to come and talk to the Reception class about their beliefs, traditions and cultures.
Our school is divided into 6 ‘House’ groups, each assigned a different continent. Every half term, children work with their Continent house group on an aspect of geography, history, religion, festivals, traditions, food or music associated with that area of the world. Through this, children learnt to work co-operatively with children from other classes, other age groups and other school staff. As they move through the school and the continents, they develop their cultural understanding and learn to celebrate the differences and similarities between ourselves and communities around the world.