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Values Based Curriculum

Values Based Education

Our vision:

Teaching our pupils to have core values is at the heart of everything we teach and woven throughout our curriculum. Through our values based curriculum we enable our pupils to have a developing understanding of what our values mean and look like in school, at home and within the local and wider community.We strive every day to treat each other with respect, show honesty, and express love for each other and value our friends, family and community.

Every day, we give our children opportunities to show responsibility, to learn though work and play, taking pride in all they do and achieve.

We expect everyone to appreciate equality and individuality, patience and determination when faced with challenges.

We understand and appreciate that friendship is one of the greatest gifts we can have and share.

With aspiration our children can reach for the stars and do anything or be anyone they choose to be!

  Through trust and thoughtfulness, we aim to build a community of kindness and togetherness.


Everyone at Girnhill strives to live by our school values to make sure that we are being the best that we can possibly be!                                                                                                                                                                            

At Girnhill all pupils are taught how values underpin everything school does and this gives a meaningful context for British Values and SMSC, supporting their understanding of how they underpin our society. As a values-based school we ensure that British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out throughout the wider values-based philosophy that infuses the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide opportunities for further understanding of these concepts so that pupils can embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application. The skills and attributes developed through the teaching of values enhance the curriculum and pupils’ learning behaviours; raise attainment; attendance and pupil wellbeing.

At Girnhill Infant School, we follow a yearly cycle which we have designed specifically to meet the needs of our pupils. As a whole school we focus on a chosen value each month. Every child is initially taught the meaning of this value via a whole school assembly, which parents/carers are invited to attend, then in classrooms discussions/lessons take place to enhance pupils' understanding. Throughout the month, staff identify pupils who demonstrate or have a significant understanding of the new value, this is rewarded with a values sticker. 

How can I help my child at home? 

The value of the month newsletter is emailed home and can be found on the website. Parents are encouraged to talk their child about the value of the month, its meaning and how this can look like at home and in the community. Parents are encouraged to share with school ways in which their child has demonstrated the value of the month whilst at home or out and about. 

Respect is due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others

Honesty is a moral character that implies positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity & truthfulness

Love is an intense feeling of deep affection 

Responsibility is something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required

Equality is every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents

Patience is the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties

Determination is the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is very difficult

Friendship is a friendly relationship, or the state of being friends 

Aspiration is a hope or ambition of achieving something 

Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something

Thoughtfulness is the quality of being kind and thinking about other people's needs


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