At St Silas we encourage children to take responsibility and have several groups of children across the school who contribute to the decision making process and ethos of the school. When children are appointed to these roles, they sign an agreement and act as positive role models to the rest of the school. The pupil voice groups are linked to different aspects of our values. Within the Love value team there is a collective worship pupil voice group which plans and leads worship. Within our Thankfulness value team there is a Eco Warrior pupil voice group which looks for opportunities to reduce our use of plastic and improve our environment. Within our Belonging value team is an ethos team that looks at how we treat each other within our school and contributes to our behaviour policy and playground activities. These pupil voice opportunities are always developing and there are lots of opportunities for children to take part.
At the beginning of each year, every class nominates and votes for their ethos team representatives. This team meets regularly to discuss ideas put forward by themselves or members of their class, organise charity events and contribute to the day to day running of the school and events such as anti- bullying week. They also form part of the interview panel when appointing new staff and their views are listened to and taken into account.
There are 4 value teams in our school. You will be given your own value team when you arrive.
Every September, the children in Year 6 hold a manifesto and the rest of the school vote to elect 8 Value Ambassadors to lead our value teams. The Value Ambassadors have the responsibility for reading certificates out weekly, in our celebration assemblies, collecting value points , organising value team games and assisting with the end of term value team quiz. They are also responsible for promoting their value across the school, thinking of ideas to raise the profile of their value and leading worship based on their value.
As each timetable is slightly different your own class school councillor will go through this with you when you arrive so don’t worry. All you need to know for now is that school starts at 8.30 and finishes as the 3.05.
There are lots of rewards in school to encourage us all to take pride in our learning and grow up to be respectful people. They include;
Traffic light system
Half termly treats.
Visits to Mrs Battersby and Mrs Moss
Star learner assemblies and profiles.
Bronze, silver and gold ‘cards’
If you don’t follow our golden rules or values there are consequences in place.
Every term there are a range of different clubs which you can attend. They range from homework club to cooking club. They even run over the school holidays too so there is no chance you will be bored. Theres a breakfast club which you can attend from 8.00am everyday where you can have a delicious hot chocolate and slice of buttery toast. What better way to start your day?
Every class has a morning playtime where children from year 3 to 6 can buy a snack. This has to be paid for but it often a nice treat to see you through the rest of your morning. There is also an AstroTurf, middle play deck, bottom play deck and an outside garden for you to enjoy in this time.
Teaching and Learning
All of our teachers are fun and add humour to our lessons. They are always firm but fair which every child. Our lessons are always interesting and teachers use resources to help. Displays around the classroom can also help you with your learning.
Year 6 Prefects
Our Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to take on extra responsibility by taking on the role of Year 6 prefect. For this role children are required to apply by completing an application form and attend an interview. Successful candidates are then given the responsibility of assisting the younger children when walking to Church, being a year group classroom helper and delivering messages around school.
School Worship and Assemblies Team
The School Worship and Assembly Team have a defined role in shaping the values, ethos of the school and contribute to Collective Worship. They contribute to and evaluate ethos based events such as Interfaith Week, Prayer Day and Anti- Bulllying week and are consulted regarding the development of Collective Worship. They regularly evaluate worship and update the whole school values in action powerpoint.
A group of Y3 and 4 Pupils act as Play Leaders at lunchtimes. These pupils organise a range of activities for other children to participate in at lunchtimes.