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Vision and Values

Our Vision

At Merton Junior School, we pride ourselves on our clear vision and values which are at the heart of everything that we do. Our school’s vision has been designed and written by our staff, underpinning our school ethos and values.

 

Our vision is to develop:

·         Happy and resilient learners who enjoy learning and approach challenges with confidence and a wide range of skills

·         Responsible citizens who contribute positively to society, showing great moral compass and respect for all, working well both independently and as part of a team

·         An engaging learning environment where everyone feels valued, challenged and safe 

 

What are the aims of our curriculum?

Our curriculum is based on a holistic approach, engaging the head, hands, heart and soul of the individual and is built upon our Learning Values: independence, interdependence, thinking, creativity, spirituality and emotional intelligence interwoven with our HEART Values:

Our HEART Values
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Our ‘HEART’ values are central to the way we work together, with the children and the whole community. We hope that our values will help children understand that there are some central beliefs that people hold. We encourage children to consider these values, thereby developing their social, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral understanding. We aim to develop children as reflective learners who will grow to be considerate citizens who understand their own and others rights and responsibilities. The children are introduced to the core values through collective worship, PSHE and RRR. Our values are promoted by the behaviour and high expectations of all adults in the school.

Our Learning Values
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Thinking
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Learners will:

  • Articulate reasons for their thoughts and actions, making judgements based upon evidence they have been given.
  • Generate and extend ideas by suggesting a hypothesis, applying imagination and looking for alternative outcomes
  • Feel confident to select the most appropriate method for expressing their thinking in a variety of ways
  • Question information as well as their own and others opinions
  • Be curious about the world around them and be receptive to new ideas

Creativity

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Creative learners will:

  • Explore a range of different possibilities, not just accepting the first answer
  • Be enthusiastic about their learning
  • Be passionate about their work, wanting to achieve the best that they can.
  • Use their imagination, seeing no limit to what they can do
  • Apply their knowledge to a range of skills, implementing these in the best way possible for the desired outcome

Emotional Intelligence

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Emotionally Intelligent learners will:

  • Build open, honest and trusting relationships with both peers and adults
  • Reflect on their own emotions and why these impacted on the actions they took in different situations
  • Value the thoughts and ideas of others and listen to others
  • Communicate with other children and adults effectively
  • Recognise other people’s strengths and weaknesses 
  • Adapt successfully to changes
  • Sustain self-motivation and motivate others through different activities
  • Show empathy towards others  

Independence

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Independent learners will:

  • Be motivated to achieve the desired outcomes
  • Reflect on their learning allowing them to improve and extend themselves
  • Take responsibility for assessing their own learning allowing children to set their own personal goals to improve
  • Plan their own pathways to the given outcome of learning
  • Verbalise confidently their own successes and identify next steps for improvements
  • Problems solve, form an opinion, question, challenge and reason

 

 

Interdependence

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Interdependent learners will:

  • Work together
  • Accept and have respect for other leaders in groups
  • Respect and actively listen to others
  • Discuss the value of the ideas of others 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of group work and be able to suggest alternative options as a team
  • Be willing to take on a variety of roles within a group
  • Support and encourage other team members
  • Demonstrate tolerance of other members of a group
  • Adhere to given roles within a group

Spirituality

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Spiritual learners will:

  • Verbalise a sense of connection to something bigger than themselves, typically involving a search for meaning in life
  • Have a positive outlook, focused on searching for reasoning
  • Be willing to take on challenges they may not have previously imagined were within them 
  • Not be limited but will instead seek methods and solutions to achieve goals and dreams

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