We welcomed back our Muslim friend Imran, who came to visit the school again to answer our questions about what it means to be a Muslim and how his faith makes a difference.
The children were eager to look at the special aretfacts and listened to Imran's responses with great respect.
Dear Mrs Alkureishi
It is ours, and every school’s responsibility “to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Norton in Hales CE Primary School we promote these values in the following ways:
Children decide upon their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Every child and staff member abides by these rules. The children and staff actively engage with each other to create harmonious learning environments where everyone is responsible for the rules.
Norton in Hales CE Primary School has a School Council to which members are voted in each year by their peers. Children write a statement to support their proposal to be their class representative and the children decide who will best represent them. Children understand that a place on the School Council comes with the responsibility of expressing their peers’ needs and interests.
Democracy is demonstrated through the children regularly getting opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.
The school’s vision and values statement was created in collaboration with the children and parents. All children, parents, and carers as well as members of staff and governors were consulted in the development of this statement.
The Rule of Law
Behaviour and safety at Norton in Hales CE Primary School is good and is seen as key feature of life at the school and the entire school community. Children know what is expected of them, why rules are so important, and what the consequences are if they do not follow them. Children at Norton in Hales CE Primary School are well aware of what an exciting curriculum they learn in and that their sustained good behaviour enables them to become good learners.
Norton in Hales CE Primary School is a safe place for children and cultivates an atmosphere in which children can make choices about their school life in a supportive environment. We educate our pupils to know that they have boundaries within which they may make choices safely, through the provision of a nurturing mind-set and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. From the very start of their school life children are encouraged to challenge their personal best by making them owners of their own learning. Children regularly have next steps shared with them, whether verbally or with written feedback in books so they know exactly what they can do to progress.
The respect demonstrated by the staff, children, parents and school community at Norton in Hales CE Primary School is a feature of the school’s ethos and values. The school and children are continually receiving positive and complimentary comments from parents, visitors as well as the general public when out on trips. The ethos of our school nurtures this understanding of mutual respect and it underpins the engaging and exciting teaching and learning that happens here. School life at Norton in Hales CE Primary School abides by our values of: Kindness, Courage, Determination, Enthusiasm and Respect. The children and all staff connected to our school understand these and work in a manner that encourages everyone to achieve to their highest ability.
Respect for those of 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. Other faiths are studied with interest alongside Christianity during RE which is taught as a core subject. At Norton each class learns about another major religion as part of the RE curriculum this is complimented by whole school theme days such as Diwali. During whole-school assemblies we celebrate and learn about the religious festivals that happen throughout the school year. Therefore the carefully planned curriculum fully embraces the schools ethos of “You are a child of God. You are wonderfully made, dearly loved and precious in his sight. Before God made you, he knew you. There is no one else like you! This ensures that children who attend Norton in Hales CE Primary School have a deep understanding of their similarities; differences and uniqueness and are fully prepared for life in modern Britain.