At the heart of our caring community lies a welcoming village school, which fosters and encourages all to be curious and resilient lifelong learners. Through valuing everyone, we aspire to achieve. In PSJ, we care.
This vision drives our school improvement plan, and the acronym CARE spells out our new school values for this year. Speak to your children about how they can develop and demonstrate these values in and outside of school.
School Values: we CARE
These will be displayed, modelled, learnt and celebrated throughout our school.
CURIOSITY = To ask questions and seek out knowledge to become better learners. To become critical thinkers who are inquisitive about the world around us and our place within it.
ASPIRATION = To learn from, and be inspired by, the best. To have the highest aspirations and expectations for ourselves and others, and consistently work hard to achieve these.
RESILIENCE = To develop the ability to bounce back from adversity, failure or challenges and see them as necessary steps of learning and development. To learn from mistakes, learning and developing new strategies and skills.
EQUALITY = To ensure all individuals in our community and the wider world are treated fairly and equally, no matter their race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Be the change you want to see in the world.
We have bought many books to engage children in these key areas—stories are a great way to introduce new and sometimes challenging ideas in a safe and inspiring way.
Alongside these are our school drivers. These underpin what we learn about here at PSJ, especially designed to influence our children and the community for the better. We choose to weave these into lessons, assemblies , books we read and inspirational people we aspire to be like. This year, in preparation for being global citizens of the world, our drivers are: Inclusion and Diversity.
We aim actively to promote common values that support young people to leave school prepared
for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. We encourage children to develop a global perspective and to appreciate that these values are not just British values, but are western liberal democratic values, shared by many countries and peoples around the world.
The Key Values we promote are:
These values are promoted through our curriculum, not just in lessons, but through assemblies and specific activities designed to raise their profile.
Celebrating Vision and Values in our School:
As part of our wider learning, we are focusing on 50 people from around and world and History. Our teachers spent time deciding who were the most inspiring role models for our children.
Over the year, we will be exploring these inspiring people in more detail and why they are such motivating individuals. We will be adding work around these people as we move through the year.
This year, the focus for Black History Month is 'Proud to be'. In school, we will be exploring this idea and looking at our ispirational people from the BAME community. Children will be creating work around these people. Please look out for this and images of some of the fabulous work the children have created.
For more information about Black History Month, click the link below.
In Year 2 we have looked at a range of members of the black community who have made a significant contribution to society, both here and abroad.
In our work about the Obamas we learnt about the significance of Barack Obama becoming the first African/American president of the USA as well as his and his wife’s work to make children’s lives better.
In English, we found out about Nadya Hussian by asking questions and then used a fact file to find the answers. We were inspired by her job as a chef to make samosas, applying our learning about instructions to create our own recipes that we can try at home.
In class we have also discussed the role Marcus Rashford has played in highlighting the need for free school meals. We have also introduced Mary Seacole as a significant figure in History and are looking forward to finding out more about her in our History topic later in the year.
In Aqua, Fern and Jade, we looked at several inspirational Black people from history.
We explored the impact of Rosa Parks in our Guided Reading lessons and learnt how she was pivotal in starting the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped end segregation and discrimination, at least on the buses.
Next, we learnt about Martin Luther King Jr and how he championed equality through peaceful demonstration. We watched his famous “I have a dream” speech, filmed during his March On Washington protest in 1963.
Finally, we found out about Nadiya Hussain and how she went from being a mum to winning the Great British Bake Off. We also learnt how she overcame her Panic Disorder in the process and read her book “My monster and me” which gave us tips on how we could reduce our own anxieties. We did of course cook one of her cake recipes and enjoyed eating them too!
In Sky and Sapphire, we have looked at four inspirational black people throughout recent history; the olympian Jesse Owen, the singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, the astronaut and scientist Mae Jemison and the artist Frida Kahlo.
We looked at the success of Jesse Owen and how he was unfairly treated as a black man by not being allowed to take part in the celebrations despite his incredible achievements.
In Guided Reading, we learned about the career of Stevie Wonder and his outstanding musical achievements as well as his resilience in overcoming his visual impairment. In Art, we look at the work of Frida Kahlo and created our own art inspired by her work. Finally, we looked at Mae Jemison, how she was inspired by others to pursue a career in science and how she has inspired others by becoming the first African American woman in space.
In Year 5 we have really enjoyed learning about the lives and achievements of inspirational black people. We have admired the talent, resilience and drive of Simone Biles, and produced dynamic pastel pictures to celebrate this.
In English, we have written poems modelled on one by Maya Angelou, which demonstrates her positivity and determination. In RE, we have looked at the teachings of the Dalai Lama and made prayer flags, and we’ve learned about the life of Nelson Mandela.
Indigo and Purple
This month, the children in Year 6 have been celebrating Black History Month.
Black History Month has provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of truly inspirational black individuals across all genres of talent and ability. Year 6 have enjoyed learning about BHM and have completed: a Biography on Benjamin Zephaniah, an inspiring assembly about Laverne Cox, reading and comprehension on Malala Yousafzai and a beautiful portrait of Chantelle Brown.
Our children have learnt a lot from these short but informative lessons and are very proud of the work they have produced.
The Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership Trust has chosen Blueprint for All (Formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) as its charity trust of the year. This charity was chosen because of the excellent work they have done to support disadvantaged children, but also tackle prejudice and discrimination. Partnership schools will run a number of events to fund raise as well as raise awareness of the issues associated with prejudice, fairness and disadvantage.