Our vision and values art project is underway and the children are enjoying working with our visiting artist, Mrs Sue Faux. The project outcome is based on a Mappa Mundi – a historical map that illustrates what a society knows and what it believes is true (which can include truths but also myths). The images describe buildings, animals and natural landmarks that the community knows well, closer to the centre of the map, and images relating to “myths” further to the outside. Having discussed the brief with Sue she suggested we chose this method saying, “This seems synonymous with the position of pupils moving further afield as their education progresses and with the school’s Christian values finally chosen as Thanks, Courage and Love. Chilton Foliat has a long and interesting history and a Mappa Mundi would enable us to illustrate the past, present and future in the same piece, as well as creating an opportunity to explore the history of the area.”
The project will culminate in the putting together of the final piece on the floor of the hall so that parents and pupils can view their work on Friday afternoon. When the building works in the hall have finished, it will be mounted on the wall. There is also a vision and values power point on the website, showing our progress towards the vision goal so far.
Chilton Foliat Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Church School and as such we promote a clear Christian ethos through:-
Vision and Values
‘We strive to improve heart and mind’
Cor et Mentem Colere Nitimur
At Chilton Foliat Primary School we honour our educational heritage, supported by a strong Christian ethos. We strive to provide a diverse education that inspires children to develop a thirst for knowledge. This is delivered in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment promoting self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning. We encourage strong partnerships and positive relationships amongst pupils, parents, carers and the wider community.
Underpinning the distinctive Christian ethos of the school lies a values curriculum which give focus to many aspects of life at school. A different Christian value is adopted in each of the six terms. Children and staff discuss and reflect on each value during Collective Worship, circle time and in and around the school on a daily basis. These are also linked with appropriate lectionary readings and other biblical references supported by local clergy, and Open The Book on Fridays. Values are shared with parents through newsletters and a home-school value sheet is taken home providing fun activities for the family alongside topics to stimulate discussion and reflection on that value beyond the school.
We believe incorporating these values help to encourage our children to gain self-esteem and self-worth, they become more willing to get involved with decision-making, they become more engaged with the school and they learn better self-control through thinking more intelligently. Relationships improve, with people in the school valuing each other, gaining a better understanding of themselves and the world around them, and providing an additional tool to resolve disagreements.
When we actively engage with values we start to understand their implications for making choices about our attitudes and responses. A Values-based approach encourages reflective and inspirational attributes and attitudes. These can be nurtured to help people discover the very best of themselves, which enables them to be good citizens and prepare them for the life of work. It equips children with social capacities that help them work with, and relate to others effectively. It provides them with the self-esteem and confidence to explore and develop their full potential.
Although we explore a different Value each term, we frequently return to those we have discussed previously. Values have become an embedded part of our Christian Distinctiveness especially within the vocabulary and actions of both staff and children.
The children are encouraged to continue living out the value and discussing them outside of school. As a result, for each value, The values for 2018/2019 are:
Autumn Term One: Respect
Autumn Term Two: Friendship
Spring Term Three: Courage
Spring Term Four: Forgiveness
Summer Term Five: Compassion
Summer Term Six: Generosity
PSHE is promoted through Circle Times, using SEAL resources and opportunities for pupils to talk about and share ideas and feelings.
Children across the school are given a voice through the School’s Council and through class agreements on Golden Rules.