Aims and Vision
“Excellence for All”
where we will work with parents and carers to:
• enable every child to fulfill their learning potential, with education meeting the needs of each child,
• help every child develop the skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed for the next phase of their educational career.
The principle purpose of Windy Nook Primary School is to provide high quality education to enable pupils to achieve success.
We believe that children should be encouraged to become independent, to develop self esteem, to make decisions and to take responsibility for their own actions. They should be enabled to reach their full potential through a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the National Curriculum.
In order to achieve this, we endeavour to create an atmosphere of mutual consideration and respect regardless of age, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, social or home background and family circumstances.
At Windy Nook Primary School we use a wide range of curriculum topics to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children. Teachers endeavor to locate and use a range of resources to promote understanding of different faiths. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. We have found this approach to be enriching for all children as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our wider community and the world.
As a Rights Respecting school, the framework of the UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) teaches children about their rights and responsibilities as local, national and international citizens.
At Windy Nook Primary School, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our School Council whose members are voted for by the children, in addition to Right Respecting Class Champions, Listening Buddies and Sign Squad. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view. As a Rights Respecting school, we promote pupil voice, and as adults, we are the duty-bearers of supporting children’s rights.
Children are given responsibility to run activities such as peer mentoring, support out-of-school clubs and lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play buddies, monitors and mentors, and they help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour, and each class writes their own charter to explain the mutually agreed rules of their classroom.
- Rights and responsibilities
- Having a positive attitude
- Building confidence
- Raising self esteem
- Life – long learning
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
Throughout school, there are a range of themed events aimed at teaching British values from an early age. We always commemorate Remembrance Day by observing a silence and support the work of the British Legion in buying and wearing poppies. The centenary of WW1 was noted through creating themed floral tributes around the school site.
As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation, and, where relevant, we consider these through the “lens of rights”. We celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George. Most recently, we have raised money for the NSPCC and for the charities benefitting from Comic Relief events following international crises.
In Key Stage One, Year One pupils always learn about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service in relation to the rule of law.
In Key Stage Two children have had lessons to “Show Racism the Red Card”, and they learn to speak French together in a weekly assembly. Our Sign Squad learn to sing songs and accompany this with British Sign Language (BSL).
This is a small sample of the activities which help embed mutual respect and tolerance of difference.
Together, all children have been learning about life in Kenya, and have been excited by an exchange of teachers between north-east England and Kenya supported through British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school day.