At Branston Junior Acacdemy we focus on the development of the whole child. As well as supporting pupils in developing their academic skills we aim to support children in their growth as people- focusing on supporting their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Below we outline just some of the ways we support pupils at this school to develop into accepting, kind, confident and well rounded individuals who understand the key British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
We think that child development is central to children's development in school as people and as pupils. During a recent INSET day our staff completed comprehensive research on child developmen to ensure that our expectations are in line with realistic stages of development. If you would like to explore our finding please follow the link below (please use Google Chrome);
How do we develop children's social development?
- A House system of mixed year groups which encourages all ages of pupils to mix and work as a team
- We have peer mediators, who are year 6 pupils who support other pupils in the school to resolve arguments and disagreements
- We have a wide range of extra curricular activities which allow children to get involved in a range of activities with other pupils
- We have an outdoor activity week which enables pupils to communicate with each other and promotes teamwork skills
- There are opportuntities for pupils to go on residential to Rand Farm and Low Mill to develop their social skills, teamworking skills and supportive skills outside of the school enviornment
- We actively promote the use of talk partners, group work and open ended investigation and activities to all pupils to communicate about their learning
- We hold coffee mornings for year 5/6 pupils to provide them with an opportuntiy to communicate with the public
How do we develop children's moral development?
- We have a clear behavior system which puts the child at the cente. Encouraging pupils to be responsible for their own actions and considering positive ways of improving behavior when required
- Branston B's- lead the way in everything we do (Be Respectful, Be Careful, Be Kind and Gentle, Be Responsible, Be the best you can be)
- Each classroom has a think it talk it box. Which allows pupils to seek advice from each other during R time.
- Children understand the concept of democracy through the use of the school council and house captain.
- We regularly explore what is happening in the news as part of class assemblies to develop an understanding of right and wrong, an appreciation of fact and opinion as well as inspiring an interest in politics - particualrly in year 5/6
- In every year group we teach PSHE and follow the SEAL programme of study which looks at a range of moral issues such as bullying and understanding other people's emotions.
- During whole school assemblies we promote positive values through a range os assembly themes
- Every Friday we have a whole school celebration assembly where we praise excellent work and excellent behavior.
How do we develop children's spiritual development?
- We follow the Lincolnshire Syllabus for RE lessons
- We make visits to the local church
- We visit a wide variety of places of worship to develop an understanding of other religions
- We have a wide range of visitors come in on different religions to tell us about their faith
- In whole schools assemblies we learn about a wide range of religions, beliefs and festivals
- We actively encourage children to speak about their own faith and beliefs
How do we develop children's cultural development?
- We are very proud of our links with schools around the world, including Poland, Guadeloupe, Sicily and Bangladesh and have secured funding from the British Council in order to support us in developing and maintaining these connections
- We strive to learn about the world around us and explore how other people live
- Children are given the opportuntity to speak to pupils from other schools about their education experience
- We frequently have visitors from our partner schools who share what life is like in other countries
- We actively encourage children to share their own cultures and heritage.