We are fully committed to supporting all our children to achieve their best potential in a fun and supportive environment. We believe that children who enjoy school are the most likely to succeed and to go on to become life-long learners.
"Strive to be the best!"
This statement outlines the key British values we actively promote at the school.
Four Oaks Primary School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. We are an inclusive school.
At Four Oaks we uphold and teach pupils about British values which are defined as:
These values are taught explicitly through PSHE and R.E. We also teach British values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. During our collective acts of worship and whole school assemblies we reinforce and celebrate British values.
Democracy is valued at our school. Pupils have an opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected pupil groups which include School & Sports Council, Arts Council and Reading Ambassadors. These elections were based on pupil votes. This supports an understanding of how citizens can make a positive contribution to their community and how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process. The School Council represent their classes and also influence how the school is run such as choosing an offer of milk to drink at lunchtime and choosing the names of the shelters in the school playground. The Sports Council also gather the views of their peers and have presented ideas for activities at break and lunchtime. Classes have the opportunity to vote on their choice of rewards for good behaviour and excellent attendance.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the day. Each class discusses and agrees a class contract. We promote, reward and celebrate positive behaviour for individuals, groups of children and classes. The behaviour code and traffic light system clearly inform the children that actions have consequences. We welcome visits from the Police and Fire Services.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to work independently. In PSHE and Computing lessons they learn how to keep themselves safe within a supportive environment. Pupils have a wide range of Extra-Curricular activities to choose from. Our lunchtime menu is published and includes hot and cold options and children make healthy choices.
We encourage good manners as the basis of good behaviour. Pupils and all staff are polite to each other. Children learn that their behaviour can effect the feelings of others. Year 6 have the motto “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. During SEAL assemblies children display their work and explain their learning. Art and Dance from different cultures widens our children’s experiences. The school also has good relationships with sports coaches and young coaches from the local high school. Good sporting attitudes are modelled and expected from coaches and players. There is plenty of opportunity to work alongside visitors and local community groups in the school such as in Bluecoat Art Club and Football Clubs.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is largely white British. We teach these values through our PSHE program and in RE. Respect and tolerance are important to us.
Our Bluecoat Art Club is attended by young adults with Learning Disabilities and Four Oaks pupils. Pupil Voice has been extended to include the Sports Council. In History and Geography pupils have gained knowledge and understanding of Liverpool and the similarities and difference between communities in other parts of the World. We celebrate the Chinese influence on Liverpool by teaching Mandarin as well as the European language, French.