Vision and Values
At Trawden Forest Primary School we have developed a rich and challenging curriculum within a happy and safe learning environment where all children feel valued as individuals and achieve their full potential in knowledge, skills and creativity.
We have created a happy, caring environment in which children feel safe and develop self-confidence and independence. Our children are encouraged to be considerate and show kindness and respect for others, while reaching their true potential. Working together for success we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and embrace challenge because:-
Every child matters; every moment counts!
Our vision is reinforced by our values and helps children to grow throughout their time in school.
Our key value at Trawden Forest Primary is RESPECT - respect for our friends, our family, our teachers, but most importantly respecting ourselves by living our school values each day.
Influenced by their love of learning in Forest School, our school council and children voted for each class to adopt a tree with matching values. These values were then adopted across school:
Reception - Holly
happy and helpful
Year 1 - Willow
willing and wise
Year 2 - Rowan
resilient and respectful
Year 3 - Sycamore
spirited and successful
Year 4 - Birch
brave and bold
Year 5 - Maple
motivated and moral
Year 6 - Elder
entrepreneurial and empathetic
At Trawden Forest Primary School we nurture every child and make every moment count. We want our children to be happy, healthy and successful, within our school community.
We aim to:
- create a happy, safe and caring environment where children feel secure and where they enjoy learning;
- value each child for their individual talents;
- help children to learn that good manners and consideration for others are vital qualities;
- promote good relationships between pupils and adults - where good relationships are underpinned by mutual respect and kindness.
- be friendly individuals, treat all fairly and listen to others sympathetically and attentively;
- develop children who have respect and strive for high standards in their learning and behaviour;
- prepare our children for the responsibility and experiences of adult life to enable them to develop as well rounded members of society within the world in which they will live;
- provide teaching and learning of the highest quality, treating our pupils as individuals and to take account of their individual needs;
- nurture children’s spiritual, moral and social development and help them to grow in self-confidence and self-esteem;
- ensure that all pupils benefit from a rich, broad, balanced curriculum presented in an interesting, exciting and imaginative manner with many opportunities for first-hand experience, practical work, investigation and learning through play;
- contribute to the life and work of the school with energy and enthusiasm;
- encourage parents and the wider community to work as partners with the school;
- be an inclusive school where we include all our children, staff, parents/carers and local community in our school family.
At Trawden Primary our pupils and their families are not from a diverse range of home backgrounds with the vast majority of children from a white British background. It is therefore important that we reach out to other schools and communities to help educate our children in the different beliefs and faiths of others. Trawden takes part in multi faith and cultural learning as part of the curriculum, invites visitors from different cultures and backgrounds into school and has developed links with a nearby school with a different ethnic make-up to Trawden.
We teach a themed curriculum which links with the national curriculum and incorporates British Values where relevant and appropriate. This learning supports the interests and understanding of pupils and aids them in becoming good local, national and global citizens of the future.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.
At Trawden Primary we actively promote British values in the following ways:
Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school. They are able to do this in a number of ways e.g. Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions; debating; curriculum planning; school council; questionnaires and surveys; assemblies.
Rule of Law
We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour. Each class draws up a charter together at the beginning of the school year setting out the expectations for that class. Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. This is supported by a Restorative Justice approach. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Trawden enjoys visits from services such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to help reinforce the message.
At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mind set in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way, e.g. P4C, UNICEF Children’s Rights and PSHE lessons. They have key responsibilities in school such as School Council, Play Leaders, ICT and Library Monitors, Playground Buddies, Reading Buddies etc.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of our school core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Links with local faith communities and visits to places of worship is promoted and people from different faiths are invited to school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied.
Our Anti-Bullying culture has been developed through our P.S.H.E curriculum and we participate annual in the National Anti-Bullying Week promoted by our school council.
At Trawden Forest Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To find out more about Prevent – CLICK HERE.