As a school we value and celebrate the heritages of everyone at Yew Tree. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. We celebrate traditions such as Harvest festival and we value and celebrate national events. We have recently held a curriculum enrichment day held around the theme of “red, white and blue” and remembered the wars that have affected our country and the armed forces.
As a school these values are reinforced in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team and eco council. Staff regularly interview pupils as part of our ongoing monitoring procedures when the pupil voice is sought on issues such as behaviour in school or the marking of work. Children throughout school agree their class rules with their teacher at the start of every school year. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their voices heard. We encourage children to take ownership of their own learning as part of the learning challenge curriculum.
The rule of law
The importance of rules and laws are referred to and reinforced often throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour issues. At the start of every school year pupils discuss and set their own class rules which provide a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. At Yew Tree we use the “Good to be green” behaviour management system which rewards desirable behaviour and has consequences for undesirable behaviour. We have visits from authority figures such as the police and fire service. Pupils are taught, during Religious Education, rules for particular faiths and rules are reinforced during other school subjects such as sports lessons.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE lessons and our annual safety week. Children are encouraged to make choices about their learning as part of the learning challenge curriculum, choices about how they record their learning and choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice based bullying have been carried out and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths visit school and share their knowledge with the children. Pupils also have the opportunity to visit different places of worship as part of the enhanced curriculum. Pupils at Yew Tree learn that they should treat each other with respect and we have a RESPECT code of conduct displayed throughout school.