At Buckton Vale Primary School we actively promote the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development across the school through our positive ethos and upholding of positive values and attitudes.
Our school community engages in assemblies that give children the chance to reflect and progress on their own spiritual journey. Buckton Vale provides opportunities for reflection through self and peer assessment in classrooms and their personal behaviour choices around school. Leading learners are promoted in all year groups to improve self-esteem and develop the self-awareness of others. Comments from teachers allow children to reflect on progress and our children are aware of their targets in core subject areas. Additionally as a school we provide opportunities for children to develop worthwhile relationships with others and discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences.
We actively encourage our pupils to think about their behaviour and be aware that making the wrong choices will result in consequences. We follow a whole school behaviour system with a big focus on following the school values and making careful and correct behaviour choices. Our school values are:
Aspiration to Achieve
These school values are visible throughout school and on our value reward cards that are given out for making good choices.
Our whole school assemblies uphold our drive for positive values and attitudes to learning and we celebrate children’s individual achievements collectively as a school.
Additionally we involve upper Key Stage 2 children in being peer mediators with a focus on supporting other pupils with social issues they may incur.
At Buckton Vale we consistently aim to ensure that our pupils develop and enhance their social skills. There is a significant focus on the importance of talk in enhancing the children’s learning and staff promote the use of talk partners to share ideas and seek out leading learners to support their peers. This skill also extends to peer assessment; an opportunity for children to praise each other’s work and suggest areas for improvement.
There is also importance given to the need for children to take responsibilities for different jobs throughout the school. Buckton Vale has a school council that includes representatives from across all age groups as does our eco-committee.
As our school enforces a strict no bullying policy we have worked to ensure that our pupils are made aware of the consequences of their actions.
We also work closely with the wider community and participate in many events to raise money for different causes. These include national events such as Comic Relief and Children In Need as well as causes in the immediate area such as our annual Harvest collection for disadvantaged residents around school.
Our learning also takes on the form of visitors into our school and educational trips to enhance the work done in class. Buckton Vale pupils are regularly complimented for their exceptional behaviour by visitors to the school. Our lessons can also actively promote children’s life skills in areas such as the value of money. PSHE lessons give children time to reflect and develop their social skills in a safe and controlled environment.
At Buckton Vale we are accepting of everybody’s beliefs and religions. Our learning encapsulates these beliefs and celebrates the diversity in our area. Our RE topics focus on religious celebrations such as Christmas and Diwali and aim to enhance the pupil’s understanding and acceptance of different viewpoints and beliefs. Our whole school assemblies and class assembly time focus on our drive for understanding and acceptance of others as does the teaching of Religious Education as both a stand-alone lesson and through cross curricular learning such as cultural dance in PE and viewpoints of religions in history. We reach out to those who are less fortunate in our immediate vicinity and in the wider community through local appeals for children in disadvantaged urban areas.