Benton Dene Primary School Vision Statement
Working together with parents and governors, our dedicated team of staff share high expectations for our children to achieve to the best of their abilities, both within the classroom and beyond.
We create a love of learning by challenging every child with an ambitious curriculum brought to life by inspiring and innovative teaching and delivered with a passion for all children to succeed.
All learners are supported in their journey through school within a happy, stimulating and inclusive environment. Our commitment is to guide our children to help them become confident, successful learners and reach their potential in a diverse world.
Benton Dene Primary School Curriculum
At Benton Dene Primary School we pride ourselves on our outstanding curriculum, which helps all children to succeed in their academic and personal development through quality first teaching. Working together with parents and governors, our dedicated team of staff share high expectations for our children to achieve to the best of their abilities, both within the classroom and beyond. We create a love of learning by challenging every child with an ambitious broad and balanced curriculum brought to life by inspiring and innovative teaching and delivered with a passion for teaching and learning. All learners are supported in their journey through school within a happy, stimulating and inclusive environment.
We deliver a skills based curriculum that helps pupils to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in line with the statutory requirements set out by the National Curriculum, but also customise our curriculum to capitalise on the experiences and backgrounds of our pupils. We place particular emphasis on the core skills of English and Maths, as we believe this opens up the rest of the curriculum to our pupils. In addition to this, we provide a rich PE provision. We believe that this inspires teamwork, reliance and dedication. Our commitment is to guide our children to help them become confident, successful learners and reach their potential in a diverse world.
Our highly skilled and determined staff believe that is the fundamental right of each child to receive a good education. They plan their differentiated curriculum content to provide breadth and opportunities for all pupils. We place a great deal of importance upon exposing children to a variety of experiences and making learning 'real' through regular visits, visitors, artefacts and multi-media stimulus to engage pupils' interest and inspire meaningful learning. Our curriculum content is all underpinned by an unwavering commitment to lifting the aspirations and aims of pupils by embedding the fundamental British Values and the development of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding to enable them to make positive contributions in our rich and varied society.
British Values at Benton Dene Primary School
At Benton Dene Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education (SMSC) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies/collective acts of worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Benton Dene Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council and House Captains are based on pupil votes. Children recommend each other for the Head teacher Values Awards which are awarded to individual children (or classes) who show they are modeling the values of respect, responsibility, perseverance or creativity. The children have worked together and agreed a code which we at Benton Dene Primary School actively work and live by; these are our ‘Benton Dene Do’s. This code is available in each classroom and actively used by children and adults influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour management is aligned to an agreed set of codes (see above) and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the ‘Benton Dene Do’s’ they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. House Points have been introduced recently to reward children for always following the Benton Dene Do’s and living their life by the chosen set of rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty :
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child–led learning, e.g. through our ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’ and planning and delivering child led assemblies and extra curricular activities.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Benton Dene Primary School. Assemblies are based on ‘ SEAL/SuccessThemes and Values for Life’ and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates and as part of our agreed codes.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We celebrate ‘European Day of Languages’ as a whole school encouraging children to research and discover differences and similarities between us and our European neighbours. Likewise we use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries such as Brazil .