Vision, Values and Ethos 2022-2023
We are a small Church of England primary school with big aspirations; nurturing caring and curious individuals who respect and value our world and each other. The heartbeat of our school is rooted in our Christian Values enabling all to flourish.
We look towards the parable of the Good Samaritan as our guide. We aspire for our school to be a place where all children are valued, where they feel safe, are happy and learn well. We want our school to have a warm, friendly atmosphere, which supports families, builds relationships and sets children up for a life of learning. We want our Christian values to guide our pupils along the right path and help them to achieve fulfilling and happy lives.
‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ - Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
Our school vision reminds us that leading by example and demonstrating those values we hold close is powerful and engenders a sense of community and advocacy for all. Our vision is big and firmly sets the emotional, social, spiritual and academic growth of our pupils at the heart of everything that we do.
As we journey together. we learn to live as good neighbours, demonstrating love, compassion, dignity and respect to all in our communities.
Through this we aspire to become global citizens, courageous advocates and people of wisdom and integrity.
Moreton Say CE Primary School provides a Values-based curriculum; values which are firmly aligned with our Christian ethos and rooted by biblical foundations. This means that we live, learn and teach by a set of values that will ensure our pupils develop the skills to be good citizens in the future. Our curriculum is underpinned by these values and these values are woven into our teaching and learning on a daily basis helping our pupils to develop improved social and emotional skills that will positively affect behaviour.
Our Christian Values are: Respect □ Hopefulness □ Kindness □ Courage □ Integrity □ Curiosity
Respect – This means valuing and celebrating our differences, being kind to one another, and following Jesus’ teachings to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Hopefulness – We approach all that we do with a hopeful 'can-do' mind-set.
Kindness – This means being kind, caring and thoughtful in everything we do, being tolerant and sensitive to others, and loving our neighbour as ourselves.
Courage – This means being brave and confident in standing up for ourselves and others.Aiming high and being positive towards our learning even when things can appear tricky.
Integrity – This is the quality of acting honestly and honourably - no matter who's watching!
Curiosity – We trust that our curiosity and faith will lead us to new adventures and opportunites and seek out these chances in life.
Why a values based curriclum?
“Why do we behave the way we do? What is it that drives us to give to charity or to help children to develop as happy, stable people? It is our values that determine our thinking and our behaviour. They are the principles, standards or life stances that act as guides to our behaviour. They are our beliefs about what is worthwhile, the ideals for which we strive. They are the standards by which particular beliefs and actions are judged to be good or desirable. They help us make decisions and evaluate the actions of others.”
(Dr Neil Hawkes)
Teaching children values improves pupils’ self-esteem, improves their behaviour and raises standards of learning even higher. There are 6 values which we teach and which drive the heartbeat of our school and enable us to, not only acquire knowledge, but enable us to flourish. Each half term we focus on one of our values during our daily worship, teachers also explicitly teach the half term's value in PSHE lessons. Wherever possible the value is taught and evidenced in other areas of the curriculum. Most importantly, adults in the school ensure that we are role-models for each of the values.
As a church school, our ethos is underpinned by a commitment to these Christian values. The ethos statement from our Instrument of Government states:
‘Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.’