Our Christian school exists to provide a welcoming environment where everyone is cherished and challenged to fulfil their potential. The three values we embrace are: Belonging, Believing and Becoming.
Rooted in Mark 4:30-32, we develop and grow children’s character through ‘The St Wilfrid’s Super Rules’ – Be Ready, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. In order to build character, we define the behaviours that we expect students to demonstrate. We want to support our pupils to grow into future ready citizens who are: polite, respectful, kind, grateful and selfless. We believe that, as pupils practise these behaviours over time, they become habits that positively shape how they feel about themselves and how other people perceive them. As Aristotle said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
At St Wilfrid’s CE Primary school, we seek to promote Christian and British values in our policies and practice. Our activities and the way we manage learning and behaviour, clearly reflect British values. Our Christian Values are closely linked with our St Wilfrid’s Super Rules and help the children to develop as they continue through school and their faith journey. We ensure our vision of Belonging, Believing, Becoming impacts on our school community from in the classroom to being at home in the hope that our whole school community flourishes. This includes the use of Class Dojo, Gold Award and Character Development Awards – these bring school and home together as students are celebrated for not only adhering to the Super Rules, but going above and beyond.
As a Rights Respecting School, we believe our behaviour curriculum ensures children are:
- healthier and happier
- feel safe
- have better relationships
- active and involved in school life and the wider world
We believe all children should know there are three key behaviour principles at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, known as the Super Rules. These are to:
- Be Ready
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
At St Wilfrid’s, we teach children the reasoning behind the key principles:
- Children are Ready to Learn because they value their education and want to make the most of every opportunity to learn.
- Children are Respectful because all staff and pupils deserve to be treated with respect when they come to work or school.
- Children are Responsible because they want to keep themselves and others safe and it is good to take ownership of their actions.
We use STEPS to politeness, SHAPE your words and DUMLUMS to support our three St Wilfrid’s Super Rules:
Outside of School Expectations
Teaching the Curriculum
The curriculum is taught explicitly during the first week in Autumn alongside the traditional National Curriculum subjects. Children learn the content of the Super Rules Curriculum so that they can recall the information and act upon it. At the start of each term, the Super Rules Curriculum is revisited with pupils and is continually reinforced during the year. This is taught explicitly, and, as set out by Barak Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’, includes regular quizzing to check and strengthen retention. Teachers also model behaviours and ensure that students have many opportunities to practise them (particularly in the first few days of each term). For example, a lining up order should be taught in the classroom but must be reinforced in different locations and times throughout the school day, for example, lunchtime or playtime. It is expected that all pupils will know the content regardless of context.
All staff must know the details of the Super Rules Curriculum and must model it and teach it explicitly and continuously in order to main the high standards we set. By doing so, we create a culture where pupils feel safe and are able to learn in an optimised environment and where teachers are free to teach unimpeded.
While this curriculum is intended for all pupils, it will be applied differently according to individual pupil needs. For example, pupils who have ASC may find it very difficult and uncomfortable to maintain eye contact with adults. Sensitivity must be applied at all times when teaching the behaviour curriculum. Adaptations will be made in liaison with SENDCOs.
The St Wilfrid’s Super Rules must be followed at all times to become better learners and build positive habits which will help everyone to be successful through life.