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Gospel Virtues

Pupils at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School are growing to be:

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.

Gospel Virtues

Each half term, the children develop their understanding of two new virtues and strive to apply these to their everyday lives.

The children have the opportunity to write how they have applied these virtues onto a leaf and display it on our class Virtues Trees. At the end of the half term, the leaves of children who we believe have been exemplary in showing these values are placed onto our larger tree, so that as the year moves on, the children’s demonstrations of the Jesuit virtues will fill its branches.


We focus on two virtues every half term. Children who have shown these virtues in a special way are shown on our corridor virtues tree.
 
In every class we think about living by our focus virtues. We reflect on our thoughts, words and actions and gather these on our prayer tables.

On entering our school, you can instantly see how important our faith is to us.
 
We try to live out the commandment of 'Love one another as I have loved you' by reaching out to communities at a local, national and international level.

Visit the Catholic Education Service website (external link) to find out more.

Multicultural Term

As part of our promotion and understanding of British Values and our Catholic ethos, we are once again holding a multicultural term. This is a chance for all children to study at depth a different culture and faith.

The Diocesan Education Service describes the purpose of Multicultural Education 'as an opportunity for children to grow in awareness and appreciation of their own cultural heritage in order to develop a sense of pride and self-worth in who they are and, at the same time, to grow in awareness and appreciation of other people.' This also reflects the DFE British Values curriculum of ‘tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs’.

Each year group has a different faith to learn about:

  • Nursery - Catholicism
  • Reception – Church of England
  • Year 1 – Judaism
  • Year 2 – Sikhism
  • Year 3 – Catholicism (linked to sacramental preparation)
  • Year 4 – Buddhism
  • Year 5 – Islamism
  • Year 6 – Hinduism

All classes have the opportunity to visit a place of worship connected to their chosen faith. Then all children will share their knowledge and learning through a whole school Multicultural Showcase Assembly where all parents will be invited.

Please also visit the Peace Garden as there are example of Art work displaying the learning of each faith.


Nursery
 
Reception

Year 1
 
Year 2

Year 3
 
Year 4

Year 5
 
Year 6

Current Virtues

Generous and Grateful

 
 
 

Class Prayer

We take our prayer time very seriously and the class prayer areas reflect the current liturgical season and a focus for children to pray. We also use the prayer areas as a reflection of the current half-term virtues.

Here is a selection of prayer areas across the school.

 
 
 
 

This is Year 6’s prayer area which also reflects the work of their Confirmation. It was so good that we had to display all their work so that other children and visitors to school would have a chance to see it.

Corridor Displays

Our faith is important in all aspects of our school life. When you enter our school you can see how Jesus is at the centre of all that we do. We have corridor displays, which are updated regularly, that focus on key scripture and morals for each year group.


Nursery: Noah's Ark.
 
Reception: Creation.

Year 1: The Garden of Eden.
 
Year 2: The Old Testament.

Year 3: The Ten Commandments.
 
Year 4: Abraham and Isaac.

Year 5: The Creation Story.
 
Year 6: The Ten Commandments.

British Values

Promoting British Values at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'

As a Catholic school we follow the Gospel teachings – to love God and love one another. We follow the example set by Jesus.
We believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
We show our love for others through contributing to the common good.
We show our love for others through respect for all members of God's family and as such reject all discrimination of any kind.

This forms the basis for all that we do at St John Bosco and ensures British Values are an integral part of this.

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class that they feel will represent their classes views. School council candidates were required to prepare campaign speeches outlining their suitability for the role and their vision for the school. The school council is actively involved in the life of the school and in decision making processes.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these choices wisely.

Mutual Respect

This is a fundamental part of our Faith and school ethos. Pupils have regular discussions and assemblies on what respect means and how it is shown to others.

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. Each year group completes an in-depth study on different cultures and faiths through International Studies and this is also part of the RE scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of Worship.

Easter Celebrations

As part of our Easter celebrations we focus on the Miracles of Jesus.

In 2016, Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 presented special assemblies about different miracle stories. Reception and Year 6 were responsible for our Mass.

Below, you can explore our assembly presentations to gain a flavour of what our assemblies looked at during the week.

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