School Strategic Vision
The staff, governing body and children believe that all children at Ladycross should:
- celebrate the diversity of cultures in our community and beyond.
- have a strong sense of self-expression and identity.
- have an understanding of the world and their place in it.
- be part of a society that is compassionate and caring.
- be prepared for life in modern Britain and the wider world.
We will do this by nurturing values of compassion, co-operation, resilience, inspiration, kindness, thoughtfulness, hope, courage, patience, responsibility, honesty, trust, resourcefulness, communication, respect, loyalty and understanding.
We also promote the values and ethos of UNICEF’s Rights of the Child.
- The right to have a childhood, including protection from harm
- The right to be educated, including all girls and boys
- The right to be healthy, including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care
- The right to be treated fairly including changing laws and practices that discriminate
- The right to be heard including considering children’s views.
At Ladycross, we have developed our curriculum to promote our core values. The curriculum ensures that:
- The Ethos and Vision support all children and families in an inclusive atmosphere.
- We remove barriers to learning so that all children can succeed.
- Every Child Matters is embedded throughout school.
- Health and personal education is reinforced through sustainable travel initiatives, healthy eating week, environmental workers, and health professionals.
- Books, jigsaws, poster and other school resources show diversity, cultures, beliefs and religions in a positive way.
- The Teaching and Learning policy upholds the 7 protected characteristics of discrimination
Throughout their school journey we celebrate our central values with activities to engage all learners.
In the Early Years Foundation stage
- Images around school show diversity and tackle stereotypes
- School sponsorship of a child in Africa, tiger in India, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
- A ‘Festivals’ topic is planned
- Chinese New Year activities including food, stories and music
- Multi-cultural clothes and stories
- ‘You and Me’ topic about diversity
- Visit to the Chapel and meeting the workers
- Learning about Christianity – Christenings, Weddings and Festivals
- African music activities
- Stories from other cultures
- Learning about Diwali
In Years 1 and 2
- China, Kenya and India topics in classroom were linked to school dinners and music activities such as African drumming workshops.
- Studying Christianity and its rites and festivals including weddings and christenings, and visits to the parish church as a place of worship.
- Learning about Judaism and its beliefs and practices.
- Learning about how people make choices based on their faith – Ghandi, Mother Theresa
- Studying Hinduism included visiting a Hindu Mandir, sweet tasting, wedding ceremony, diva lamps, rangoli patters and mendhi.
- Creation stories from other faiths
- Learning about our country and capital city, the Great Fire of London, national landmarks, great Britons, Queen Elizabeth I and II, Boudicca.
- Learning about childhood in “Erewash of old” with Ethel Swann, a local resident.
- Being part of the local community has included activities such as a ‘Singing Cafe’ in Year 2 for families, the School Choir visiting a residential care home to perform and meet residents, and a summer concert for parents and families.
- Discussing “Philosophy for Children”, discrimination and rights.
- Creating a display of children’s “big questions” and answers.
We also have a school wide list of the 50 experiences we want our children to have before they leave to promote character building, and enable the children to see our values in a visible and experiential way, and begin to understand their local area and heritage, and the wider world. We begin with the children’s world and experiences and grow outwards.
- Visit a Hindu temple
- Build a model of a London landmark as a team
- Go to Sherwood Forest and act out Robin Hood’s story
- Debate how people’s beliefs have influenced the choices they made
- Explore an Edwardian Seaside
- Take part in P4C
- Play African drums
- Cook an authentic Chinese meal
- Visit a cathedral
- Visit Nottingham Castle and the Goose Fair
- Star in a show
- Pond dip for creatures
- Sing in a foreign language
- Dress as an Evacuee for a day
- Take part in Kenya day and make a necklace
- Sponsor and write to an African child
- Make a Christingle and turn the lights out
- Perch an owl on your hand
- Play a competitive sport
- Enter a writers competition
- Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Work with an artist
- Put on a street party
- Watch chicks hatch
- Hold a giant mini beast
- Have an election
- Teach someone else something new
- Sing in a choir
- Stroke a Christmas reindeer
- Look after a pet
- Build a den outdoors
- Be a story book character for the day
- Dig a huge hole
- Paint an artwork on a canvas
- Read the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Play with Victorian toys
- Raise money for a charity
- Act out the events in the life of a Great Briton
- See a show at the theatre
- Build a sculpture
- Climb through a tyre tunnel
- Raise butterflies and set them free
- Be a super hero for the day
- Hold a starfish
- Visit the residential home
- Stay away from home for a night
- Cook Indian food
- See a pantomime
- Hold a singing café
- Hold a wedding