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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Our Christian Values

Archbishop Cranmer C of E Primary Academy

 

Christian Values

 

Christian Values are at the heart of our school and guide how we treat each other. This ensures a sense of common purpose and mutual respect within our school community and beyond. Our Christian character impacts upon the achievement of each child, including academic and personal development of all learners, together with their well-being and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

 

At Archbishop Cranmer we have selected six Christian values all linked by our core value of love. Each half term we focus on a particular value through our collective worship and curriculum to help children explore what they represent.

 

The Six Christian Values that we have chosen are:

Autumn 1: Kindness

Autumn 2: Trust

Spring 1: Courage

Spring 2: Respect

Summer 1: Thankfulness

Summer 2: Responsibility

 

Our Learning Behaviours are

  1. Taking Care
  2. Aspiring to have a go: being creative and curious
  3. Acting with Integrity
  4. Working hard
  5. Being proud of ourselves

 

All underpinned by our core value of Love.

Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Matthew 22v39

 

 

British Values

The Department for Education state 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.”

At Archbishop Cranmer, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

 

Democracy

Democracy is embedded at the school. 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 opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our Pupil Parliament and regular questionnaires. The elections of the Pupil Parliament members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Democracy is also an element of, our PSHE curriculum ‘Heartsmart’ and during KS2 children have opportunities to explore democracy through the local and national political systems.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our Christian values are deeply embedded and form the basis of our code of conduct.  Each class also discusses and sets its own rules 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. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. In KS2 children also have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament to gain a deeper understanding of the legal system and its history.

 

Individual Liberty

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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect

The pupils understand that respect is essential in order that we exist in harmony with each other. It is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Archbishop Cranmer’s underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.

 

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our Christian value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Archbishop Cranmer enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies including visits to a range of places of worship and inviting pupils to talk about their own faith. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.

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