At Carr Junior School we aim to prepare our children for life in the modern world. We offer a variety of activities to help our children with their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, embedding the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
As our pupils grow as individuals and progress through school we are committed to ensure that they achieve, not just academically, but also spiritually, morally, culturally and socially, in order to be prepared for life in the modern world.
Children are provided with opportunities to:
- explore and reflect upon their own beliefs, religious and otherwise.
- learn about themselves and the world around them.
- understand human feelings and emotions, the effects these may have and how to cope with them.
- ask questions that will develop their critical thinking and deepen understanding.
- use imagination and creativity in their learning.
- reflect of their experiences.
- The children understand the importance of rules to keep them safe and happy both in school and in their everyday lives in the wider world.
- We have a clear moral code which is consistent throughout school.
- We encourage children to take responsibility for their actions through our coherent behaviour policy and restorative approach.
- We promote measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria through our engaging curriculum and assemblies.
- Our curriculum is centred around creativity allowing children to learn collaboratively and work together co-operatively, teaching resilience and teamwork skills.
- We provide a safe and stimulating environment within which to understand, explore and debate social issues.
- We foster a sense of community and belonging with common inclusive values that ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion feel safe and happy.
- Our creative curriculum focuses on topics to embolden children to develop personal qualities (e.g. respect, kindness, forgiveness). It also incorporates Bloom's Taxonomy questioning to develop critical thinking while encouraging an acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British Values.
- Through our restorative approach, children are taught the skills needed to communicate with others and resolve conflicts effectively.
- We provide opportunities for pupils to explore and reflect on their own cultural assumptions and values.
- As part of our curriculum 'Big Idea' and theme weeks, children are provided opportunities to explore, develop an understanding of and respect different faiths and cultural diversity in our local, national and global communities.
- We extend pupils’ knowledge and use of cultural image, recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents through our exciting sports opportunities and extra-curricular activities.
At Carr Junior School, we strive to nurture our pupils as members of the global community. Our key priorities in developing global citizens are:
Thinking critically and asking questions.
Exploring local, global and local-global issues.
Applying learning to real-world contexts.
Exploring complexity within issues and considering multiple viewpoints.
Exploring issues of social justice (or injustice) both locally and globally.
Taking opportunities for informed, reflective or productive action.
By focusing on these priorities throughout school we are actively working to develop thoughtful, aware and proactive individuals who understand some of the challenges faced by local, national and global communities. By being aware of global issues and considerations, our children have the opportunity to develop their own values and ideals and can aim to make a difference in society.
Spiritual and Religious Education
RE at Carr Junior School explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through Christianity, and other major religions of the world. We follow and enhance the local City of York Syllabus.
RE enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. RE is taught in such a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others, whether they have the same beliefs as ourselves or different ones, and therefore contributing to a cohesive and compassionate society.
In our RE lessons we have lots of fun inquiring, exploring and reflecting on all of the main world religions. We have very interesting visitors who come into school to tell us all about their faiths and what they believe. We also go on visits to experience different places of worship.