Aims of St James' C of E Junior School
- We aim to work together in partnership with parents, governors and the local community to provide an effective education for every pupil, regardless of ability, culture, gender, race, religious faith or economic or social circumstance.
- We aim to provide every pupil with the educational knowledge, skills, opportunities and resources to enable them to realise their full potential in an increasingly diverse society – both in the world of work and leisure.
- We aim to provide all staff with the opportunity to develop their professionalism in order that the quality of education is maintained at a high standard so that we deliver an ‘effective education’.
- We aim to affirm the Christian ethos and foundation of the School. We seek to preserve in all aspects of school life, the ethos, moral and spiritual values of the Christian faith, whilst respecting the other religious and cultural traditions of our community.
Our Shared Vision
- St James’ Church of England Junior School is a community school committed to addressing the educational needs of all the local people.
- Informed by our Christian values the school is committed to providing a safe, stimulating environment where everyone is valued equally and encouraged to develop their full potential.
- We place high value on working in partnership with all stakeholders and aim to encourage active participation in the life of the school.
Our Shared Values
- We feel that this positive approach to education is important, as it encourages the right attitudes, motivation and a real love for learning.
- The school aims to establish and maintain good relationships with parents and the wider community. It is by working in partnership that the children's best interests are served.
- The school strives to promote a supportive and caring environment where everyone feels valued and recognised, and there is a strong commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the children.
- The provision of challenging work at the appropriate level for each child helps to raise their self-esteem and gives them the opportunity to experience success and satisfaction.
- All staff are committed to the development of the whole child. High standards of academic achievement, behaviour and spiritual development are actively encouraged.
- We celebrate the cultural and religious diversity of our community.
Promoting British Values at St James’ C of E Junior School
The DfE have recently reinforced the 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.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At St James’ C of E Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules through ‘class contracts’. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the contract. We have a school council which meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St James’ C of E Junior School. Pupils are taught from entry to year 3 the rules of the school (Golden Rules). Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and other agencies help reinforce this message.
St James’ C of E Junior 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 young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education, as well as the ‘Successful Learning philosophy’. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety, RE and PSHE lessons. They also understand that with rights come responsibilities.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At St James’ C of E Junior School, and as a multi-faith school, we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. As a school we endeavour to work closely with families from different faiths in order to ensure that all children are included.
Vision Statement and Aims
At St. James’ C of E Junior school we recognise that assessment (formal and informal) has a pre-eminent place in education. It is integral to ensuring that every child, in our care, makes the necessary progress, regardless of their starting point or their language; social or moral standing.
Our aim at St James’ C of E Junior School is to produce independent learners. We encourage our pupils to be creative, imaginative and to develop a lifetime love of learning. Research has shown that formative assessment can improve both children’s motivation and capacity to learn.
We believe the key purpose of assessment is to move pupils on in their learning in order for them to be secondary ready.
We aim for all pupils in our care to achieve their full potential.
The outcomes of assessments will support the pupils become more involved in raising their own expectations.
Through assessing, recording and reporting on pupil’s work, we aim to:
• Enable pupils to understand what they have to do to reach end of Year and Key Stage expectations
• Allow all staff and pupils to plan more effectively
• Involve pupils and their parents/carers in their learning
• Provide our school with information to evaluate learning and teaching
• Give pupils constructive feedback on their achievements and areas for development, in order that they learn more effectively
• Ensure that our practices in this area adhere to the equal opportunities policy of the school
At St James’ C of E Junior school we aim develop the love of learning and life in a caring Christian community. We value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
• Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
• Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
• Support for equality of opportunity for all
• Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
• Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do in tandem with the Christian values we have identified as a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Junior School which underpin the whole of our community. These values are the foundation of our school’s vision, aims and ethos, the design of our curriculum, all policies, planning and the school’s management and governance. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
Over the next year we aim raise the profile of British values by making clear and explicit links in planning, whole school events and celebrations.
Collective Worship Vision
At St James’ C of E Junior school we aim develop the love of learning and life in a caring Christian community.
As a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Junior School we identify Christian values which underpin the whole of our community. These values are the foundation of our school’s vision, aims and ethos, the design of our curriculum, all policies, planning and the school’s management and governance. At St James’, we value collective worship and it is an affirmation and celebration of the Christian foundation values and ethos of the school. As a school with a diverse multicultural population, with members actively committed to other faiths, we aim to be inclusive in our worship such that all members of our community feel welcome and valued.
Over the next academic year our aims include:-
• Use of pupil conferencing to gain an insight into children’s view of Worship
• Further developing the role of the Worship team to include self-planned acts of worship
• Improving links with local church and places of worship
• Inviting speakers from local organisations, charities and other faiths into school.
As a school, we aim to ensure that our pupils are prepared for the challenges of a digital future; including the use of ever changing contemporary technology.
Geography Vision Statement:
St. James C of E Junior School aims to provide a high-quality Geography education that inspires pupils with a life-long curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. With the goal of extending pupils’ knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural human environments. In conjunction with a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how they interact.
History Vision Statement:
St. James C of E Junior School aims to provide a high-quality History education, nurturing a deeper, impartial understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world.
History should inspire pupils to learn from the mistakes and triumphs of the past, allowing them to ask perceptive questions and weigh evidence. The aim is that pupils will develop perspective and understand the complexity of societies and relationships in an exciting and engaging way.
Maths Vision Statement
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’
National Curriculum 2014
At St James’ C of Junior School we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude. We encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in mathematics and become confident mathematicians.
• To foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.
• For our children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and perceive themselves as mathematicians.
• To broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world.
• For our children to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.
• For our children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
• To teach the children to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
• To empower children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
Vision for teaching and learning Mathematics
“Good mathematics teaching is lively, engaging and involves a carefully planned blend of approaches that direct children’s learning….the pitch and pace of the work is sensitive to the rate at which children learn while ensuring expectations are kept high and progress is made by all children”
(The Primary National Strategy)
Vision Statement for MFL
At St James’C of E Junior School we value the ability to speak additional languages. We aim to nurture the ability to communicate with others through language. Modern languages taught at St James’are stimulating and exciting; extending children‘s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Studying languages provides the ideal opportunity to gain an insight into other cultures and ways of life in order to value differences whilst at the same time breaking down barriers and prejudices in the community
Mrs Emma Faulkner- MFL Coordinator
Mrs Angela Anderton- Head Teacher
Music Vision Statement.
Music is an integral part of the life of St James’. The children sing every day and perform regularly in the local church. We have taken part in iSingPop and in Young Voices at the NEC. This summer the children performed a musical version of The Tempest. The children sing carols in the city centre at Christmas. We use the skills of expert members of staff for this, and in our regular music lessons.
Music is an emotional subject and many of the songs that we sing reflect our core values and our Christian ethos, helping us to celebrate our diversity and our togetherness in a rapidly changing world.
We will be using Charanga music this year, which is an online music scheme. It is based on years of expert musical research and non-specialist staff can use it with confidence. The children will be set up with their own online accounts so can be set work to do outside of school. These are called ‘Moon Missions’. We will continue to use our music specialists to enhance the children’s musical education, and to take our singers and musicians out into the wider community to perform. These will be opportunities to improve written and maths skills as a part of the music making process.
We are helping to instil and nurture a love for music in the children. Each child has the capability to make and respond to music and our overarching aim is to give them the confidence to do so, as a love of music lasts for life.
PE and Sport
It is our aim to create opportunities for all children, both in school and in the community, to further enjoy sport through competition and engagement.
We will recognise the sporting talents of pupils and extend these skills by further developing links with local sports organisations.
Children will leave St James with at least basic competencies in a variety of sports; including swimming.
At St James’ C of E Junior school we aim develop the love of learning and life in a caring Christian community. At St James’ C of E School we see Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHE) as being at the centre of all that we do. Through our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.
Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community. They learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Children gain an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and are introduced to some of the principles of prudent financial planning and understanding. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life-long learning.
At St James’ C of E Junior school we aim develop the love of learning and life in a caring Christian community. RE is central to the purpose of St James’ C of E Junior school because as a church school we see that the Christian faith informs all aspects of our life together and commits us to a search for truth. As a school with a diverse multicultural population, with members actively committed to other faiths, we celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils. Religious Education in this school is provided through the use of the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus 2011-2016. This document defines the principal aim of RE as:
“…to engage pupils with questions arising from the study of religion and beliefs so as to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
RE in St James’ C of E Junior school explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world. It enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life and challenges them to think for themselves whilst they explore and investigate these questions. RE is taught in such a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. It is not the practice of this school to preach to or seek to convert children. Values education permeates the RE curriculum at St James’ C of E Junior school.
Over the next academic year our aims include:-
• Use of ‘big’ questions to frame our learning
• Developing the use of RE working walls to build a picture as these question are explored which will then be kept as evidence of learning.
• Developing our tracking, monitoring and evidence system
• Improving links with local church and places of worship
• Developing a new scheme of work for St James’ in line with the new Understanding Christianity initiative from the Church of England and the revised Agreed Syllabus due to be launched in Summer 2017.