At school our Christian values of love, trust, hope and forgiveness are at the core of all we do. These four values along with messages taken from The Bible are taught throughout each day, in class, during Collective Worship and on the playground. Our aim is for our children, staff, governors and school community to demonstrate these values towards each other every single day. However we appreciate and respect there will be members of our school community who may have no faith or a different faith. We feel that the values of love, trust, hope and forgiveness are important regardless of each individual’s background, beliefs or culture.
We believe that our school curriculum must promote the skills, knowledge and attributes to ensure children grow up with confidence, high self-esteem and resilience. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development is key to ensure children are given every opportunity to flourish spiritually, develop socially, have a strong moral purpose and learn about their own culture and cultures of others. This is achieved through our PSHE curriculum which is carefully planned, led by the RE and PSHE co-coordinator to ensure each aspect of the SMSC curriculum is covered. (The long term PSHE curriculum map can be found under our Curriculum page.)
As a school with Healthy Schools status and being a Rights Respecting School, we aim to teach our children about the Unicef Rights of the Child which is just one part of the PSHE curriculum.
The Governing Body and school staff are clear about their statutory safeguarding responsibilities in our ever changing world and because of this, it is essential that the Prevent Strategy is understood by both staff and parents. We believe the aims of the Prevent strategy should be intrinsic to our whole school ethos, with children being encouraged to broaden their horizons, challenge and debate their ideas with respect and tolerance towards others at all times. A Governor newsletter sent home to parents in January 2016 includes an article about the national Prevent strategy, and the school’s role in meeting the requirements of this.
We encourage parents at any time to speak to school staff should they have concerns or questions.
Preparing our children to be confident and resilient British adult citizens of the future
Our curriculum provides many opportunities for our children to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. We embrace such opportunities to develop our children's understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
Through our curriculum we ensure our children have opportunity to learn about Britain’s democratic parliamentary system, the rule of law and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain. For example the Mayor of Winchester visits each year to talk with the children about democracy and we have had several visits to the Houses of Parliament for the School Council.
Being a small rural school in Hampshire we appreciate the need to ensure our children learn and appreciate the diversity of modern Britain and the world. As a result our long term curriculum map covers a wide range of topics. Details on these topics can be found under Curriculum.
Our Religious Education curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore and reflect. whilst extend their understanding of different faiths. For example our RE topics are based on the study of Islam for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, whilst Year 3 and 4 pupils study Hinduism. Key Stage 2 children have also visited the Medina Mosque in Southampton.
We have a comprehensive curriculum map for PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) which covers a wide range of topics including topics such as “RRR” (Rights, Respects and Responsibility), “Who decides?” which is focused on how British laws are made and the role of the government in Britain and “Getting on and Feeling Good” which includes respecting diversity and how to solve disputes. Our curriculum maps show in greater detail other topic areas studied throughout each term.