The Gospel values are at the heart of Catholic life and here at the Abbey we are proud to work in partnership with families and Parish to promote and teach children about the Gospel values.
Each month there will be a focus in school on one of the Gospel values that we will explore in our prayer services and assemblies.
The Gospel learning values are:
Your child is also learning how to learn and we are introducing a learning value each month based on the following aspects of being a good learner:
Being ready, willing and able to LOCK ON TO LEARNING
- Absorption: you become engrossed in what you are doing; you are unaware of time passing.
- Managing Distraction: you know what distracts you, you try to minimise distractions, you settle back quickly after an interruption.
- Noticing: you notice how things look, what they are made of, or how they behave, you can identify significant detail.
- Perseverance: you are not put off by being stuck, you keep on going despite difficulties and find ways to overcome them, you recognise that learning can be a struggle.
Being ready, willing and able to LEARN IN DIFFERENT WAYS
- Questioning: you are curious about things and people, you often wonder why, you play with ideas, asking "How come?" and "What if?".
- Making Links: you look for connections between experiences or ideas, you find pleasure in seeing how things fit together, you make patterns.
- Imagining: you picture how things might look, sound, feel, be; you let your mind explore and play with possibilities and ideas.
- Reasoning: you create logical arguments, you deduce what might happen, you look for evidence.
Being ready, willing and able to become MORE STRATEGIC ABOUT LEARNING
- Planning: you think about what you want to get out of learning, you plan the steps you might take, you access which resources you may need.
- Revising: you are ready to revise your plans as you go along, monitor how things are going, change your plans when you've had a better idea.
- Distilling: you mull over experiences, draw out useful lessons from experiences, think about where else you might use these lessons.
- Meta-Learning: you are interested in how you learn as an individual, know your strengths and weaknesses as a learner, are interested in becoming a better learner.
Being ready, willing and able to LEARN ALONE AND WITH OTHERS
- Interdependence: you know how much interaction you need with others to assist your learning, you make informed choices about working on your own or with others.
- Collaboration: you manage your feelings when working with others, you understand the ground rules of team work, you are able to work effectively as part of a pair or team.
- Empathy and Listening Learning: you put yourself in other people's shoes to see the world from their point of view, show you are listening by eye contact and body language, hear feelings and thoughts behind someone's words.
- Imitation: you are ready to learn from others, notice the approach and detail of how others do things.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.' These are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Abbey Primary Catholic School we are committed to serving our community and local area. In so doing, we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Abbey Catholic Primary School. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Voice interviews led by Phase leaders. The elections of School Council and Liturgy Team members are the result of pupil votes and all of these groups canvas the opinions of their peers.
At the end of Year 6 a number of awards are presented to pupils for their achievements. The awards are voted for by their peers so it is truly an honour to be nominated.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. A ‘Going for Gold’ chart is displayed in each class, it rewards pupils for following the rules and setting a good example. Children understand that if all class members follow the rules rewards can be achieved. This is reinforced through Abbey pounds.
Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police, Fire Service and local councillors help to reinforce these messages. A wide variety of after school clubs are available. Pupils have a choice of which club they would like to attend. We are very proud that children are beginning to develop individual interests and strengths through supporting teachers with delivery of these.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect.
All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular.
E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.
All children in Year 4 receive the opportunity for lessons in a musical instrument. As a school we fund a whole years’ worth of tuition for all pupils. Pupils have a choice to continue with this instrument if they wish.
Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, with the important commandment being, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Assemblies constantly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.
Abbey Values Certificates are awarded weekly in whole school assembly for children who are living Gospel Values and Abbey Learning Values. Parents are invited to share this celebration.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. The RE curriculum specifically teaches pupils about other world religions and visits are made to places of worship in each year band.
Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are always welcome in our school community. Each calendar year begins with Multi faith week, where all areas of the Curriculum focus on international studies and different faiths and beliefs.
We encourage all pupils to be individuals but also to take pride in wearing their school uniform and being part of the Abbey. Through a united uniform, pupils grow to respect each other.