Primrose Lane Primary School is a values-based school.
Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our thinking and behaviour. Some commonly held values include thoughtfulness, respect, trust, love, friendship, courage. There are lots more values and many overlap.
Some values are quite tricky to understand and difficult to do every day; others are easier to spot and simpler to do.
Sometimes we forget about the values that are really important to us; we are too busy or we don't actually know what the values are.
At Primrose Lane we look at values in detail so that we all have the words to describe them to each other and know how to spot them in ourselves and in others. We weave the values into our curriculum in order to give a broad range of opportunities for them to be reflected upon and used in the life of the school community.
We celebrate when people are showing values. Parents and carers help their children to understand values at home and celebrate when their child shows them.
It's not just children who need to learn about values, adults have to think about them too and sometimes need to remind themselves to slow down and think about what is really important to them. Staff at Primrose Lane try to live the values at the same time as the children: that way we can all learn together.
Values education is not just something that helps you to learn when you are younger; it is a set of tools that you will carry with you all your life. Understanding values will help you to make difficult decisions even when you are a grown-up.
To feel valued is a special thing and something we want to make sure everyone experiences at Primrose Lane.
At Primrose Lane Primary School we focus on 22 important values. These 22 values were chosen by the staff and pupils and encompass key values for life across all cultures and religions. They were initially matched to key events in the year which would act as springboards or learning points. For example: Caring or Friendship in September to set the tone for the new school year, January Hope or Tolerance for the New Year, Courage in July as pupils move to new schools or freedom as the holidays start.
Our Values are covered over a two year cycle:
September – responsibility, October – friendship, November – peace, December – thoughtfulness, January – caring, February – love, March – tolerance, April/May – honesty, June – co-operation, July - courage
September – trust, October – respect, November – freedom, December – understanding, January – hope, February – appreciation, March – patience, April/May – quality, June – happiness, July - unity
With each new cycle we aim to deepen and enhance understanding through building on opportunities for links to everyday school life, the curriculum and community events. Reflection and deeper thinking are key to this.