At Freeman’s Endowed Church of England Junior Academy, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. The British Values of rule of law; democracy; liberty; mutual respect; and tolerance are embedded in the daily life of our school.
To do this our children will develop;
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.
'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.'
1 John 3:18
As a Church of England school at the heart of the community, Freeman’s Endowed Church of England Junior Academy is committed to enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential, to grow in mind, body and spirit and to serve their local community. We provide a learning community where our pupils aspire to achieve excellence and develop as confident, respectful, valued citizens. We learn to love God, each other and ourselves through our Christian values of Kindness, Forgiveness, Truthfulness, Love, Perseverance and Acceptance. These are all rooted in Love.
Our School Values
- Kindness ‘Show kindness to my family because I have shown kindness to you.’ Joshua 2:12
- Love ‘You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Mark 12:31
- Forgiveness ‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32
- Truthfulness ‘Walk with integrity, be righteousness, speak with truth.’ Psalm 15:2
- Perseverance ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Philipians 4:13
- Acceptance ‘Accept one another, just as Christ has accepted you.’ Romans 15:7
Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. As a Church of England academy, our vision is deeply rooted in a strong Christian tradition. We develop happy, young people with enquiring minds, a spirit of curiosity, respect for themselves, others and the environment so that they will have the skills, resilience and adaptability to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our School works in partnership with parents, our local church and the wider Diocese and Trust to nurture confident and responsible children who respect other faiths and adopt positive roles in the community.
Our Christian values are promoted in all aspects of school life and we encourage all members of our community to promote an ethos where care and respect is shown to everyone. We are inclusive and welcoming to those of all backgrounds and faiths; all individuals are respected, supported and nurtured.
We believe that our school provides a stimulating learning environment, encourages excellence, actively promotes British values and enables children to achieve their full potential.
- To help our young people to strengthen their own faith and beliefs, while developing and showing respect, tolerance and understanding for different faiths and cultures in the school and wider community.
- To create a happy learning environment where all children feel valued
- To encourage children to feel confident to challenge themselves.
- To support our pupils to develop independence, resilience and self-belief.
- To develop a strong relationship with parents, carers, the community and the church
- To value the achievements of the members of the school community and celebrate their successes both within and outside of school.
'Growing in grace and knowledge with God's love.' 2 Peter 3:18
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Freeman’s. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term. We also value and celebrate national focusses, recent examples being; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Roald Dahl Day, Chinese New Year and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned throughout the year to collaborate with the wider community and world.
Further to this, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:
Geographically: Our geography curriculum ensures that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:
- its coasts, rivers and mountains
- where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world
Historically: Key moments in British history are studied throughout our history curriculum
British Values are an intrinsic part of life at Freeman’s and evidence of this can be found below.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Freeman’s. Democracy is central to how we operate. An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its own budget and is able to effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has hosted fundraising activities and helped to provide equipment for our school grounds as selected by the children. The Council is actively involved in providing teachers with feedback.
When elected, the school council representatives also vote on which Year 6 candidates they would like to become Head Boy and Head Girl. Again, the election of the Head Boy and Head Girl representatives reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc.
Another example of democracy is ‘pupil voice’. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
Parents’ opinions are also welcomed at Freeman’s through methods such as parent questionnaires, surveys at parents evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters.
Rule of Law
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
- Cycling Proficiency lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
- During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about how they can improve their learning
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE JIGSAW lessons. We use the JIGSAW resource across the whole school which also links to assemblies.
Collective worship is used to both explore and support the school’s values. By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:
- Be effective and successful learners
- Make and sustain friendships
- Deal with and resolve conflict evenly and fairly
- Solve problems with others by themselves
- Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety
- Be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals
- Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
- Work and play cooperatively
- Compete fairly and win or lose with dignity and respect for all competitors
- Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others
- Understand the value of the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the rights of others to have beliefs and values different to their own.
- To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.
Children in Year 5 and 6 are given key roles and responsibilities such as Play leaders and Worship Leaders. Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular and Lunch Time clubs, pupils are given the freedom to make choices about what they would like to partake in. Children at Freeman’s are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour at Freeman’s. Children and staff are polite and kind. We listen and respect each other. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally. We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly Celebration Worship which is held on a Friday.
Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.
Freeman’s is proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos and R.E curriculum.
Our central aim to 'prepare children for the future' drives us towards ensuring that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
- Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in art and music by considering cultures from other parts of the world
- Celebrating cultural differences through assemblies and displays.
- Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Daily collective worship reflects and teaches our children tolerance for different faiths and beliefs. We have our school prayer which the children collaborated on and which encompasses a shared belief and value.
- Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions of the groups are taken into account with all activities.
- Whilst instances contrary to our values are relatively rare, each is treated seriously in line with our policies and expectations.
At Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy, we are committed to the broadest educational offering; our aim is for our children to join us on a learning journey, which will equip them for their future. We want our children to leave us at Year 6 with a range of skills, deep knowledge, a love of learning and ambition. We recognise that for pupils to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital.
Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. The term ‘cultural capital’ is not new. It is a complex theory that comes originally from the field of sociology, which involves the study of society, including relationships, social interactions and culture. It is important to recognise that everyone has cultural capital - knowledge, skills and behaviours - and that these accumulate over time through many different experiences and opportunities. Cultural capital is understood to contribute to success in life, for example, being able to perform well in school, knowing how to talk in different social groups or societies, accessing higher education and being successful in work or a career.
Each subject taught within the school day makes its own contribution to pupils’ cultural capital development. At Freeman's, we want to celebrate the uniqueness of us all and share our differences and individualism beyond the curriculum. We also want to offer as many experiences to our children to broaden their cultural capital. As such, we offer the following extra-curricular clubs and experiences to our children:
- Educational visits linked to our topics
- Learning about people in our community such as professional athletes
- Bringing financial skills to the primary curriculum
- We get creative in the kitchen
- Develop our nature garden all year round
- Supporting our local community through our Harvest celebration
- Embracing our local environment
- Visitors share their cultures, traditions and expertise
- History-themed days help us understand how history has shaped our future
- Celebrating different cultures, traditions and faiths
- Sports clubs including: running club, netball club and multi-sports
- Street Dance dance group
- Chess club
- Cookery club
- Den building club
- Art club
- School Council gives our children a voice
School will be closed today (Monday 25th January) for all pupils due to the adverse weather conditions. Teaching staff will still be providing remote learning for children at home. Please contact your child’s teacher by email if you have any questions about remote learning.
If your child is learning from home, they will be able to access all of the work on Google Classroom. Resources, videos, tasks and more can all be found in the 'Classwork' section on the Google Classroom.
All live teaching will be done over Zoom. An invitation to access Zoom will be sent to your child and a timetable will outline when live lessons will be.
Teachers will also be setting work on CENTURY Tech, an online learning platform the school has just signed up to.
Children are able to access their Accelerated Reader accounts at home so they can continue to develop their skills in reading.
White Rose Maths is the Maths scheme we use at Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy. Videos and tasks will be set in the Google Classroom to supplement the live teaching of Mathematics from our teachers.
Your child's class teacher might set work from Oak National Academy. The link below is an FAQs page for parents all about Oak National Academy.
We use Purple Mash for our computing scheme of work. Purple Mash also offers lots of activities that children can access whilst learning from home.
As a school, we use Times Tables Rockstars to help our children develop their fluency in times tables. This is a fantastic resource to use at home with your child to develop their recall of times tables facts.
Additional online Resources across all subjects
- NRICH- Click on the primary hub to access maths problem solving activities for children.
- Topmarks Daily Ten and other maths games.
- CrickWeb - interactive cross curricular activities
- Mathsframe - Hundred of maths games
- The Maths Factor - Free online maths lessons from Carol Vordeman
- Lego Maths - See how much you can learn with the simple Lego brick!
- Times tables quizzes (with answers!)
- More times tables games
- Chess - Learn to play the ultimate strategy game
- White Rose Maths - Maths for every year group
- My Money - Resources to support using money from Young Enterprise
- Join the Maths World Cup
- Authorfy - Masterclasses with authors and creative writing activities
- Oxford Owls Free e books for children aged 3-11
- Love my books – activities for children from 0-9 and links to you tube book readings.
- David Walliams - listen to David read a story every day
- Audible - Free stories to stream in 6 languages
- Teach your child to Read Free e books with guidance
- Reading for Pleasure Ideas to support you to love books!
- Classic Reads Read along with some classic full length stories
- Authors telling stories- listen to real authors read their books online
- Roald Dahl activities - Exciting things to do indoors with all of your favourite characters
- Harry Potter at home - Bring the magic of Hogwarts to your front room....
- Go on a Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen
- Discovering Books - Learn to draw the Gruffalo,create a miniature book and make a talking animal
- Books Trust - fun at home with authors and illustrators
- Globe TV treat yourself to a little Shakespeare...
- SpellingFrame - Learn and practise spelling rules
- First News - free downladable newspapers
- ThinkuKnow - a great website to work through age appropriate online safety activities with your children with Home Activity packs and parents' guides updated fortnightly.
- BBC Own It! - Useful advice and games for upper KS2 children.
- NFU Education- Science and STEM resources.
- Topmarks Science
- Wow Science
- Plants and Growing food - Find out more about where our food comes from
- Watch animals - LIVE from Edinburgh zoo. (Penguins, pandas, tigers and koalas)
- Experiments you can do at home
- More animals - this time feeds from Australian zoos
- Primary Science resources - ideas for all National Curriculum topics
- Zoo School! Join educators from London Zoo for games, activities and live tours!
- National Geographic Kids - games, competitions and interesting fact files.
- Mapping activities
- Weather activities
- Fieldwork lessons- live online with downloadable supports
- Kew Gardens virtual tour - See a whole world of wonders from your sofa!
- Weather experiments from the Met Office
- Explore famous galleries and picture collections
- Online drawing lessons
- Make your own playdough and create your own sculptures
- Draw with Rob - Learn some amazing drawing techniques a step at a time
- Get creative with hand and foot prints
- Visit the Picasso exhibition at the Royal Acacdemy
- Join Katherine's Art Club
- DuolingoKeep up with your Spanish learning - buena suerte!
- BBC Spanish - Get active with your greetings! Hasta luego!
- 123 Spanish fun
- Free live musical events
- Music from The Royal Albert Hall- See what's going on - for free!
- Have a singsong - with words and music. Updated weekly!
- Junior music at home
- Mindful Monsters Magical family moments
- Looking after ourselves at home - information and support from Cues-Ed who have worked at Elfrida before.
- BBC supermovers - great ideas for learning whilst keeping your children active.
- Cosmic kids – yoga and mindfulness fun for children
- Joe Wicks Body coach - Online PE lessons at 9am
- Go Noodle - movement and mindfulness for the whole family
- 10 Minute movers simple and quick activities to keep active
- Change4life reasons to get moving...!
- Easy sports activities Download and give them a go
- Yoga at home
At Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff and recognise that everyone experiences life challenges that at times can make us vulnerable and in need of additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better through developing good emotional literacy skills
- support children to feel comfortable to share any concerns or worries they might have
- use Personal Social and Health Education lessons to support children in their understanding of the different relationships they might have
- provide guidance for individuals to develop their social skills in order that they can form and maintain healthy relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure that all children know that they matter
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to become emotionally resilient and manage setbacks by teaching them how to develop a growth mind-set
- support children to become independent in an environment where it is okay to make mistakes, knowing that this leads to new learning
Every child's mental health is important at Freeman's and this is why we have adopted the Thrive approach in our setting.
To find out more about Thrive, please visit: https://www.thriveapproach.com/