Kingsclere CE Primary School
Kingsclere Church of England Primary School aims to inspire happy, confident, successful, responsible children with a lifelong love of learning.
At Kingsclere CE Primary School, our curriculum is supported by a set of learning values. These Values have been carefully chosen by the whole school community and their aim is to determine our thinking and behaviour around being a successful learner. Through teaching, learning and upholding the learning values, we are developing a set of skills and attitudes which prepare our children for the modern day world and enable them to be confident, successful and responsible adults with a lifelong love of learning. This vision is underpinned by the Christian values we share: love, trust, forgiveness and integrity.
Each week we lead a special values assembly, where the children are asked to reflect on an aspect of a value within their own and other people's lives. Class teachers also explicitly teach the 'Value of the week' in PSHE lessons. Wherever possible, our school learning values are taught in all areas of the curriculum. Most importantly, adults in the school ensure that they are role-models for each of the values.
Our Learning Values are represented through a set of learning shields. Each Shield carries its own colour and symbol (designed by the children of Kingsclere CE Primary School) to represent its meaning.
Curiosity: Within our learning, we take a questioning and exploratory
approach. We discover all possibilities. We are safe in the knowledge that there is more than one solution.
We are interested in all aspects of our world.
As a boy, Jesus spent time in the temple listening and asking questions (Luke 2:46). Jesus reminds us to ask questions and look for answers, for e.g. "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
Working Together: By developing collaborative skills, we ensure we learn
from each other, that we communicate effectively and become responsible members of the whole school and wider
community. By working together we develop a sense of team spirit and 'togetherness'.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
In proverb 27, it reminds us, "People learn from one another, just as iron shapes iron.".
"Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (Thessalonians 5:11)
Creativity: We encourage creative learning through developing our
imagination and our ability to generate new and different ideas. We celebrate and nurture our skills of
inventiveness and individuality. We utilise our problem-solving and reflection skills.
We are encouraged to identify our skills and strengths and use these every day, being thankful to God for providing us with such talents.
"Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given to you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things; immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress." (1Timothy 4:14-15)
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2)
Independence: We develop our independence by taking responsibility for
ourselves and our learning. We manage our own learning by thinking for ourselves, and by being organised
and prepared. By planning and setting our own learning goals, we develop the confidence to take risks on
We are reminded to "Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." (Galatians 6:4-5)
Challenge: We embrace challenge by pushing ourselves out of our comfort
zone. We listen carefully to the feedback we are given about our learning and reflect on what will be our
next step to success. Challenge helps us to grow into strong learners.
We are reminded that God is with us through all challenges.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." (Psalm 16:8)
Thinking: We reflect, play with ideas and make connections in our thinking.
We build self-confidence so we are able to challenge ourselves to think in different ways, ask questions and
search for meaning.
Paul and Timothy remind us to think positively. Sometimes we cannot control circumstances but we can control how we think about them.
"Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8)
Resilience: We develop positive attitudes towards challenges so that we
are able to learn from our mistakes and build on these experiences. We are focused and committed to achieving
our goals. We have the desire to improve ourselves and achieve our best by never giving up.
We are reminded not to give up. "Be strong and don't give up for your work will be rewarded." (2 Chronicles 15:7)
Joshua told his people in the Old Testament to be resilient: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
Four Christian values of FORGIVENESS, LOVE, INTEGRITY and TRUST provide the basis of our school community's ethos. These values are at the heart of our school and through Collective Worship, PSHE, class, group, individual work and play they support the child's whole school experience.
We describe our Christian values as those principles and characteristics displayed by Jesus throughout his ministry and teaching and by His own example. Recognised by Christians as integral to their faith, such values are nevertheless universally esteemed by people of any faith, or none, as values by which to live a good life. They help provide our school community with a moral code by which to live and a standard against which to evaluate life's experiences, make moral decisions and choices, and to prepare for a future as part of a multicultural society.
Forgiveness is a core value for our church school because it is at the centre of the life of Jesus. In the Easter story, Jesus shows the ultimate act of forgiveness by forgiving those who crucified him.
At school, we remember Jesus' teachings and use these to help us respond appropriately when we have been wronged. We learn the importance of accepting an apology as well as giving one in order to ask for forgiveness. We try to forgive others in order to maintain peace, wholeness and harmony.
Ephesians 4:32: "Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ, God forgave you."
Love is a core value for our church school because love is at the centre of God's messages. In the bible, love means, selfless service to others-putting others before ourselves. In John's gospel, Jesus says, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (15:V13).
We show Love at Kingsclere CE Primary school by showing respect for one another's beliefs and feelings and showing goodwill, affection and concern for other's welfare. We learn to understand the significance of 'loving thy neighbour' and treating others as they wish to be treated.
Matthew 22:37-39): "Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your mind."
This is the first greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself."
Integrity is a core value for our church school because integrity lies at the heart of Jesus' decision making. In the bible, integrity means tolerance, patience, humility, courage and faith. In the bible it says, "To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice." (Proverbs 21:3)
At Kingsclere CE Primary School we show integrity through making the right choices, knowing what is right or wrong and acting upon the mistake we make. We aim to build a moral compass within ourselves to ensure we can make the right decisions and be a person of good character.
Proverbs 4: 25-26: "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you."
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways"
Trust is a core value for our church school because it is at the centre of God's actions. In the bible, trust means putting yourself in the hands of another in the hope that they will not let you down. In Daniel's gospel, it tells of how Daniel was saved from the lions because of his trust in God. "The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God." (Daniel 6:23)
At Kingsclere CE Primary School we show trust when we put our faith into the actions of others without question or doubt. We are encouraged to take on responsibilities, placing us in a position of trust. In this way, we grow to understand the importance of commitment and reliance.
Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
What our values mean to us
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How We Experience God
Through our Christian values of love, trust, forgiveness and integrity, we are helped to understand God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit - the Holy Trinity.