At Cheddar Grove children are encouraged to question, discuss, and celebrate their own and other people's values. The children’s opinions and behaviours are regularly challenged through classroom discussions and extracurricular activities, and they are given regular opportunities to showcase their talents and develop a mutual respect for one another.
The rule of the law
From a young age children are taught to understand what is right and wrong. They gain an understanding that the correct behaviour is essential for their safety and well-being, as well as for the harmony of the school.
The school follows a consistent and fair approach when dealing with behaviour. The schools KS2 behaviour system (C-System) allows children to take responsibly for their individual actions, and gives them the opportunity to change the course of their behaviour. This consistent approach prevents behaviour from escalating, allowing children to clearly understand the schools expectations and consequences if they do not adhere to these. KS1 uses a simplified version of this system.
The ‘Safe House’ is a quiet place that children can visit if they need to talk to a member of staff; this is aimed to promote self-esteem, as well as confidence, and allow children to feel listened to. It is also a place where issues regarding bad behaviour can be addressed. Children are given the opportunity to discuss their actions and have time to reflect on how they will change their behaviour in the future. Targets are often set with the children to support them in their learning and social skills.
Consistently good behaviour is acknowledged to a very high degree. Children who are always trusted in their behaviour are awarded a ‘Trust Licence’. This is a very high recognition and is looked upon by the school community as something really special. Children who have received a ‘Trust Licence’ are congratulated by having special privileges.
In KS1 children are given the opportunity to learn about public services such as the Police and the Fire Service through school visits. They take part in question and answer sessions and learn though real life experiences.
Through school assemblies, circle time and PHSE opportunities children are taught how to earn trust and respect, and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
Individual liberty and mutual respect
The school offers children the opportunity to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence in a variety of ways. This promotes respect and individualism and offer children the opportunities to show initiative and lead in these areas.
Weekly ‘Learning Hero’ assemblies celebrate the children’s achievements over the week. Children are proud to be given an award and to hear the positive comments from their teachers. Some classes also use this as an opportunity for children to take part in a class vote.
Anti-bullying guardians are children who have been elected by their peers because they have demonstrated the ability to independently deal with friendship issues and prevent bullying. These pupils have been presented to the school as children they can approach in the play ground for support or friendship.
Our school Learning Mentor regularly conferences and supports children who may need advice, guidance and educating on dealing with friendship and behaviour issues.
Ten Year 5 children are developing their leadership skills as ‘Play Ground Sports Leaders’. These children were selected by an external trainer after the cohort presented their case for being selected. The children spend one lunch time a week organising games, supporting the dinner ladies and helping to organise the lunch hall. The children are working to becoming ‘Gold Leaders’ who, when in Year 6, will be able to train the next team of Year 5 leaders.
This year the school has been involved in the Bristol Together Programme. Through this project Year 5 pupils have been teamed up with a school with a contrasting ethnic demographic. Through football they have been developing a range of social, communication and co-operation skills when working with children from different backgrounds.
Children at Cheddar Grove are encouraged to celebrate their individual talents through events such as the ‘Music and Arts Festival’ and year group productions. This year over 100 children took part in the festival showcasing their talents in singing, dancing, poetry and art to their peers, parents and the wider community.
Every year the school hosts ‘Multi Activities Day’ for Year 6 pupils from the 7 Malago schools. The children involved come from a range of backgrounds and it gives them the opportunity to meet some of their potential secondary school classmates.
Through the Healthy Me Club’ the school has been involved in the Bristol Cultural and Green project. An event was hosted with over 100 children from 3 local primary schools. The project aimed to unite schools from a range of social-economic areas and allowed the children to work together to learn about staying healthy.
The ‘Forest Schools’ programme has been used with KS2 Pupil Premium children to instil confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in woodland and natural environments.
Cheddar Grove has a vast array of clubs ranging from gardening to drama and sports. This year over 350 places have been filled in sports clubs, and specific groups such as Pupil Premium have been targeted. Some of these children took part in inter-school, intra-school and county competitions.
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is achieved through computing lessons, assemblies and through PHSE lessons.
At Cheddar Grove we actively encourage children to volunteer and participate in a range of events. Children are always eager to take part in these to raise money for local and national charities and some have organised events such as a ‘Cake Bake’ themselves.
As a community school we strive to infuse community spirt and involvement at any given opportunity. Events are regularly organised that invite the further community into school. These range from Remembrance Day celebrations with War Veterans to Teddy Bear Picnics with parents in the Nursery.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At Cheddar Grove children are taught about a range of cultures, beliefs, and traditions through a creative and imaginative curriculum. They are encouraged to respect themselves and others, as well as identify and eliminate any prejudice or discriminative behaviours. Children are taught about a range of beliefs to raise the profile of different cultures within the school.
Through the use of clubs and workshops run by groups such as Unique Voice children are empowered to lead on the elimination of discrimination, raise the profile of different belief’s, and prevent discrimination.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted though the syllabus for Religious Education. This supplemented by assemblies led by teachers and religious leaders.
Children are also given the opportunity to gain an understanding of different faiths and beliefs themed days. These are used to mark celebrations such as Diwali and Chinese New Year. Themed days are also used to explore countries around the world allowing children to develop a tolerance and understanding of different cultures.
In Year 4 links have been developed with a Spanish school to give children the opportunity to make friendships with children from a different culture. The children have been sharing letters with a pen-pal throughout the year.
Through the ‘Bristol Together’ project children have been given the opportunity to spend time in a school in a different cultural area. They have developed friendships with a group of children and have experienced different cultures. The children have kept a diary of their experiences and will be sharing these with KS2 at the end of the programme.
At Cheddar Grove children have the right to say what they think should happen and are encouraged to participate in conversations when adults are making decisions that affect them.
Assemblies have been used to educate children on democracy, for example informing children of the country’s voting system. These were held in KS2 around the time of the General Election.
Within the classroom children are regularly given the opportunity to vote. This may simply be for a ‘Learning Hero’ of the week or to select someone to represent the school or their class in an event.
The school has elected ‘House Captains’ in order to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
Democracy is promoted through assemblies and PHSE opportunities in class.