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St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School

Faith | Family | Future

Curriculum and Vision

St Mary’s Farnham Royal a community founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential

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"Strong provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development means pupils’ personal development is good." - Ofsted 2015

Children

  • Faith:  Considerate well-mannered community members, respectful of Christian values and of other's differences
  • Family:  Happy, proud, confident children who have high standards
  • Future:  Self-aware, independent learners able to challenge themselves and well equipped for the future

     

Adults

  • Faith:  Approachable adults who understand and respect the Christian values of the school
  • Family:  Kind, caring, role models, aware of children’s individual needs and consistent in all that they do
  • Future:  Adults passionate about teaching and learning ensuring progress for every individual through high expectations & continually striving to challenge & develop themselves

Parents

  • Faith:  Friendly & considerate role models providing good values for all children
  • Family:  Support their child in everything they do by extending learning at home and being an active part of the school community
  • Future:  Actively involved and interested in school life & the future of their child

"The school promotes British values well and pupils take a pride in their understanding of why it is important to follow the rule of law, and they enjoy learning about important traditions, such as Remembrance Day. They are respectful of others and their views, and value the diversity of their classmates, such as the different languages they are able to speak. They have a good understanding of democracy, for example, through the elections to the school council." - Ofsted 2015

Curriculum Rationale

Dr Tom introduced us to four Gem Powers which help us to be kind, stay focused, bounce back, have courage & be resilient:

What is the Gem Project?

It is a strategy for rewarding good learning behaviours. Gems are rewarded to the class, not to the individual, they are recorded by the class teacher and class areas for development are then identified. As per the advice of two other schools using this strategy, we are currently focusing on Diamonds and so whilst the children will be aware of the other Gems they are not collecting them yet.
 

Pupil Voice - The Gem project has helped me...

‘The gem project has helped me to concentrate and to listen to the teacher and classmates’ (year 5)

‘It helped me to be kind’ (year 3)

‘It helps me to behave and work well’ (year 2)

‘It has helped me find my inner power and sparkle’ (year 6)

‘Because I know what power I’ve used by my certificates and cards’ (year 6)

‘Focus on my learning to be the best that I can’ (year 4)

‘Has helped me to help people to get more diamonds and think fast but try my best as well’ (year 4)

‘helps me not to get distracted also to help people and if I make mistakes I can bounce back and I can solve my own problems’ (year 4)

 

Gem Behaviours

 

Diamond Power

I will take responsibility for solving problems and use different strategies to help. If I get stuck I will ask a good question. I will recognise when I can do things for myself and when I need help.

 

Ruby Power

I will be kind to others and make them feel good about themselves.

 

Emerald Power

I will be a brave learner and always try my best. If I get things wrong or make a mistake I will bounce back and have another go.

 

Sapphire Power

I will focus and engage with my learning and help others to focus as well.

 

How will I know how my child is doing?

The Gem Project is very much focused rewarding the class for learning behaviours and  we recognise that it is important to know at home how well your child is doing, so we have ‘Gem cards’. ‘Gem cards’ are  a form of communication with home, there is no reward for their accumulation as it is about valuing the learning behaviour, not collecting cards. Weekly certificates  also focus on Gem behaviours.

 

How can I support my child & the strategy?

Display the Gem behaviours at home & discuss with your child when anyone in the family demonstrates Gem behaviour. 

"I find the reading method to be excellent. Overall the way school is managed shows you care

about children. Keep up the good work" - Parent Survey Nov 2018

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