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Ethos, Values and Attitudes

At TPS we strive to develop the ‘whole child’ to maximize his or her potential academically, personally, social, emotionally and spiritually, to become rounded citizens and life long learners who are confident and self assured people. We do this by providing a caring, family atmosphere within our inclusive school, plus a plethora of opportunities during these primary years, from which they may in their future lives, recall in a positive way when faced with decisions. These opportunities come through our rich creative curriculum, enrichment clubs which include every child, overnight educational visits for more adventurous activities, as well as the possibility to travel to London and abroad to Russia or China, from our international partner school links. Having a Hearing Support Base has enabled us to teach all children British Sign Language – a real string to their bow, to be able to access such a skill.

There are 3 different strands to our Values and Attitudes work at Townfield.

The first strand is called ‘Success Through Character’.  In 2014 we gave all staff, parents, governors and children a list of 20 positive character traits. We asked them to tick the three traits that they felt were most important in a person. When counted, the top three traits were respect, responsibility and perseverance. Children are rewarded on a daily basis for displaying these traits around school by receiving Bear Points, or being made their class' Bloom Bear of the day.  Achievement is recognised through a weekly assembly where a child can be nominated as Bloom Bear of the Week and wear a golden tie.

The second strand in our Values and Attitudes work is the ‘Bloomtrigger’ project. This is a very innovative project where children can help to protect the Brazilian rainforest by winning house points for being respectful, responsible and demonstrating perseverance. Once a child has collected 20 Bear Points, they are awarded a ‘Bloom’. This Bloom can then be planted by the child by logging on to their online accounts. So their excellent behaviour is helping to save the planet

If you would like to read more about this project please visit the website:

http://www.bloomtrigger.com/

The last of our three strands is UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award.  This means we have been recognised as embedding children's human rights in our ethos or culture.  All children are made aware of the 54 articles that make up the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and sign a class charter saying they will uphold the rights of children at all times.  We have achieved the Level 1 standard and hope to begin work towards Level 2, UNICEF's highest award, in the very near future.

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