We have our own carefully designed 11 values, which are inter-linked and explicitly taught to children to accompany British values. Children are taught how these values will enable them to thrive within school, and in their later lives. Each child will be supported to understand are imperative attributes.
Let us explain to you about our Values and why we have chosen them:
We have a love for all the children within our school. The staff at Fetcham Village Infant School love teaching, we love teaching our children, and we love working at our school. Children will be taught what it means to love, how love can best be shown and experience how it feels to be loved.
The strong and positive relationships between children, staff and the wider community are a huge factor in the school's success. We realise that a relationship is firstly built and then successfully maintained with trust. In order for the school community to teach the children about relationships, they need to trust the staff and each other first.
Children at Fetcham Village Infant School will learn to firstly respect themselves, before being able to respect each other. To be an active Global Citizen, children need to be able to understand themselves and other people. They will learn to look at others and be able to identify their strengths, inspiring them to make informed choices about what they would like to become.
At Fetcham Village Infant School we have the privilege of helping children grow up without prejudice and learn empathy. Children will learn to appreciate similarities, but also differences. Whilst developing their critical thinking skills, children will be able to communicate their own preferences positively, logically and peacefully.
It is our role as teachers at Fetcham Village Infant School to teach children the difference between an imaginative story, and a lie with unkind intentions. Explaining and exploring these differences with children can help them to understand what lying is, and why it is wrong, and this understanding underpins other activities which help to develop honesty.
Children at Fetcham Village Infant School will experience a range of emotions. Helping children to identify those emotions will support their own resilience and understanding of themselves. Ultimately, staff will work tirelessly to provide children with opportunities to feel happy and provide them with skills and strategies to make others feel the same.
In an ever-demanding world, children at Fetcham Village Infant School will be taught how courage and determination can support their own growth and development. A key responsibility of the staff is to challenge the children but support them when they make mistakes. Children will therefore understand that mistakes help us learn and grow for the better.
We want to help the children at Fetcham Village Infant School realise how working alongside others with a teamwork approach is truly a wonderful experience. In order to do this, children will firstly be taught to appreciate their own value to others, then identify and value other children's assets. Learning at Fetcham Village Infant School is a collaborative process, routed in effective and positive communication. Co-operation goes beyond this and extends the children's social skills further.
In order to support children to be emotionally literate, to love themselves and love others, we take the opportunity to teach the children the importance of caring. We model this importance by letting the children experience how we can show care for them. We teach the children skills and strategies to show care and discuss how we can care for different people in different ways.
In order for children to feel as valued members of our school community, we support the children to understand the benefits of being a member, whilst carrying out a range of roles. Children have a wide range of opportunities as they travel through our school, both in their classroom, in and around the school and in the wider school environment. Children thrive with responsibility and understand that our school is jointly owned by them.
By teaching the children the characteristics of being a good friend, they soon display the qualities desired to be able to communicate, play and learn effectively with a wide range of children. Educating children about choices supports their decision in who they want to form relationships with. To extend their knowledge, we provide them with the skills to maintain friendships and empower them with the resilience and understanding of what to do to improve a relationship.