Yorkley – Opening children’s eyes to a brighter future, showing them what they can achieve through creativity, drive and excellence. Working together to nurture and inspire, giving the children the confidence and ambition to meet future challenges.
At Yorkley our aim is for each child to leave our school equipped with the skills they need for lifelong learning. Parents, governors and staff of Yorkley School agree that these skills consist of:
- Building good relationships with adults and other children
- Developing skills especially in literacy, maths and computing
- a sense of well-being and lead a safe and fulfilling life
- being morally and spiritually aware
- being adaptable and resilient
- having high self esteem
- being an independent learner and decision maker
- teamwork and co-operation
- sense of responsibility and discipline
These skills will be developed across all subjects.
Ideas from our children:
Our motto is “Valuing learning, learning to Value”.
Our values are Partnership, Perseverance, Patience, Practice and Pride. These link together to give children the “Power” to achieve and develop into responsible citizens.
Our school poem highlights these values:
We persevere just keep on trying,
Practice helps us be high flying.
We take our time and wait our turn,
Patience is a skill we learn.
We work together as one big team.
Partnership is never mean.
We should never have to hide,
We try our best, so we have pride.
The Yorkley values show us how,
We have the power to learn right now.
Poem written by Mrs Creber.
At Yorkley, we promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance as well as Christian Values including faith, love, forgiveness, responsibility, service, trust and unity.
Below are some examples:
Democracy: Children allowing others to learn. Listening to each other and showing respect towards each other, e.g.
- Voting, applying for monitor/ school council roles
- Play leaders / buddy roles
- House captain roles and responsibilities
- Voting within P.E lessons linked to effort and behaviour.
The Rule of Law:
- Our School rules – understanding there are sanctions / consequences for not following rules
- Taking part in the Coleford mock trial annually
- Cycling training
- Codes of conduct within our policies
- Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions (Golden table, house points, star of the week, effort marks, head teacher and deputy head stickers, Governor Awards).
- Working with the local community which includes charity work, the police, fire service, local council, etc.
At Yorkley School pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, e.g.
- Pupil voice frequently undertaken by leaders within the school
- Participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs
Motto of Yorkley School “Valuing learning, learning to value”
Introduction of our 5 values = Pride, Practice, Patience, Partnership, Perseverance = Power.
- School Council
- Ethos and Behaviour policy
- Anti-bullying week
- Open the book assemblies
- Inter-house competitions
- Bennett the monkey – a listening monkey who the children can write to
- Working with the local and wider community, including outside agencies
Tolerance of those of different faiths:
- Through assemblies
- R.E curriculum
- PSHE curriculum
- Themed weeks
- Visits and visitors
Year 5 and 6 children have been learning about Parliament
“First of all, we had an assembly where we learnt about Parliament. We found out that Parliament is made up of three parts: House of Lords, House of Commons and the Monarch (Queen or King).
We discovered how laws/bills get passed. Firstly, the House of Commons decides on a law/rule, then they pass their draft bill to the House of Lords who either agree it or suggest some changes. Once they both agree, the bill can be written up in neat and sent to the Queen to decide whether she approves it or not. If she is happy, she signs it and it becomes law.
After break, we worked in teams and formed our own Political Parties. We then had to create a manifesto (what we plan to do if we are elected/chosen to be in charge). We had to decide what we would do to improve our school, such as: horse riding lessons, a giant Science laboratory for big explosions and mazes where each dead-end contains a quiz question or challenge to solve! We had to share our manifestos and present them to the rest of the class so they could vote for their favourite. Although we had a winning team, they only won by a few seats and did not win over 50% of the overall votes. They had to join up with two other teams and form a Coalition Government so they would have over half the seats in Parliament!
It was really fun and we learnt loads!” Class 5
Class 3 have been learning all about King John and how he was an influential king of British history. They learned all about what the Magna Carta was and how it shaped Modern Britain’s laws and rules. We created our own class Magna Carta’s using ‘old’ paper [Mrs Payne used up a lot of the staff teabags to do this!] and then we copied our draft copy onto the paper in our best handwriting. We have displayed some on the wall and the rest are rolled up like scrolls in a basket for all to admire.