Values and Ethos
Smile ~ Play ~ Learn
The teaching of British Values is an integral part of our ethos. All members of our community are respected, valued and given opportunities to express themselves.
There are 4 key threads that we promote to ensure the children have a variety of experiences and opportunities which will prepare them for future life in Modern Britain, these are:-
- Democracy: children having views, valuing each other, talking about feelings, turn taking, sharing, working together and developing enquiring minds
- Rule of law: managing feelings and behaviour, consequences, learning right from wrong, rules
- Individual liberty: developing confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, taking risks, talking about differences
- Mutual respect and tolerance: learning about how you want to be treated, similarities/differences (families, faiths, community, culture).
Children are at the heart of everything we do, and we ensure their voice is heard.
Children: Are happy, healthy & safe, confident, independent, active and resilient learners; have a high self-esteem, are able to self-regulate and challenge themselves; feel part of the school and wider community and learn to work with others through cooperation and negotiation; develop positive attitude and become life - long learners; show respect for themselves, others and the environment.
Practitioners: Value the culture and background of each child and build good relationships with parents and children; are good listeners and engage in active conversations with children in order to use their knowledge and experience to move each child’s learning forward; are active learners and work to develop their own practice and develop their own strengths and interests further; are good team players and show respect and care for others as well as their own well-being.
Parents: Contribute to their children’s learning journey and have opportunities to develop their own understanding of their child’s development through discussions, meetings and workshops; are ready to share their own experience and cultural background and feel part of The Wharf community; are partners in their children’s learning and develop trust and a readiness to talk to staff about their concerns; develop their own confidence and self-esteem and feel able to attend workshops, parent conversations and celebrate successes.