VISION, MISSION, ETHOS & VALUES
Alongside academic excellence, at Basildon want our children to grow to be happy, resilient kind people. As a small school we are proud to be able to provide a nurturing environment where every child’s individuality is celebrated and developed. Our excellent PSHE curriculum teaching children how to understand their feelings and emotions. As a church school, spiritual development is central to our ethos. We encourage children to explore their own believes as well as understanding and celebrating the beliefs of others. Behaviour across the school is excellent, we teach our children to be intrinsically motivated rather than relying on a reward system. We believe that children should take ownership of their learning, through teaching our Thinking Skills curriculum, our students learn how they can achieve more and be successful.
The breadth of our curriculum is designed with three goals in mind:
To give pupils appropriate experiences to develop as confident, responsible citizens;
To provide a rich ‘cultural capital’;
To provide a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.
1. Appropriate experiences
We have developed a curriculum driver that shapes our curriculum, brings about the aims and values of our school, and responds to the particular needs of our community:
Diversity – which helps pupils to develop an understanding of the world and its people, to recognise and celebrate similarities and differences.
2. Cultural capital
Cultural capital is the background knowledge of the world pupils need to infer meaning from what they read. It includes vocabulary which, in turn and alongside our oracy approach, helps pupils to express themselves in a confident, mature way.
3. A coherently planned academic curriculum underpinned by the curriculum driver, our academic curriculum sets out:
a) a clear list of the breadth of topics that will be covered;
b) the ‘threshold concepts’ pupils should understand;
c) criteria for progression within the threshold concepts;
d) criteria for depth of understanding.
Our mission at Basildon is to prepare children for God’s world. Our values are Excellence, Respect and Resilience, based on Philippians 4.13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
These are the values that are articulated by the whole community. We strive for academic excellence while fostering a nurturing, supportive Christian culture to ensure every child thrives and achieves their full potential.
Basildon has had a primary school for 140 years, so we have a long and proud history of serving this community. Our efforts today will be helping to build a better future. We are always looking for ways to develop our curriculum and resources to provide the education our children deserve with the skills they will need for life in the 21st century.
Whilst working hard to allow all children to achieve their academic potential, we know that real happiness and success cannot be found without well-developed social skills and good emotional health. We also believe that our Christian foundation gives us a structure within which to develop our spiritual awareness. This is reflected in our strong relationship with the local parish church of St Stephen.
We promote British Values at Basildon CE Primary School.
OUR CORE CHRISTIAN VALUES
Excellence: Incorporating the Christian values: Wisdom, Creativity, Hope.
Underpinned by the verse: 2 Corinthians 8:7 ‘But as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you.
Resilience: Incorporating the Christian values: Courage, Hope, Endurance.
Underpinned by the verse: Joshua 1:9 ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
Respect: Incorporating the Christian values: Peace, Forgiveness. Truthfulness, Reverence
Underpinned by the verse: 1 Peter 2:17 ‘Show proper respect for all people. Love your brothers and sisters in God’s family. Respect God.