On Monday 1st December we held a very successful parents information evening with specific information on Maths and English courses. The evening was very well attended and it was wonderful to see so many parents supporting their child’s learning. You can find the presentation from the evening below, in PowerPoint and PDF formats. Please remember […]
We will be upgrading our website at the weekend to include new features and a lot more information about our Academy. We will try to keep the distruption to a minimum but, please expect some breaks in service whilst we perform the upgrade and b…
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Education
The main aim of Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural education is to provide knowledge and understanding; prepare young people for later life and wider society; and to develop responsible attitudes. It is the key to ‘developing the whole child’.
At Burton End Primary Academy we believe that the development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve. We aim to provide a broad education and a range of experiences that provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
British Values in a diverse community
The fundamental values that we share as British citizens are: a belief in freedom and individual liberty, democracy, mutual tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs, accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting and upholding the rule of law.
Keeping our children safe and ensuring that we prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. Our shared values within the Academy are underpinned by our Policies, our behaviour towards one another and the range of opportunities and experiences we provide.
How do we develop these values?
Children should develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Here at Burton End Primary Academy, our Edison Curriculum focuses on eight core values, including tolerance, respect, justice and integrity, and these are taught explicitly through whole school and Key Stage Assemblies. Teachers embed these values consistently when teaching. RE has been delivered consistently at Burton End following the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.
This year we are using a newly purchased scheme, called ‘Discovery RE’, across the school in order to ensure fuller coverage of a wider range of world religions, in line with recent changes to the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered in each year group.
Our Conditions for Behaviour and Learning Policy includes the following:
a) To promote the development of a range of personal qualities and interpersonal skills such as courtesy, respect and sensitivity to the needs of others.
b) To promote the development of good personal relationships.
c) To promote equal opportunities and value individuals regardless of gender, race or disability.
We have a Pupil Forum consisting of 12 representatives, two from each class, who stand for nomination and are voted for by their classmates. The Forum meets regularly to discuss improvements that could be made in school, to discuss pertinent school issues and to work together on promoting whole school events.
Further Information about Assemblies
Assemblies are very important at Burton End Primary Academy as they provide children and staff with a time of collective worship and reflection. They are also occasions on which traditional British values are covered implicitly.
Monday – A whole Academy assembly which focuses either on an Edison Core Value, a religious festival, a traditional event such as Remembrance Day or a talk from a visitor. A song is included usually from the Out Of the Ark Assembly Series, as is a prayer or time of reflection.
Tuesday – A Key Stage Assembly led by the Phase leader including a story linked to a moral or cultural item. A song and time of reflection is included.
Wednesday – A hymn/singing practise for Key Stage 1 led by a music specialist playing the piano; An in-class assembly led by children in the class for those pupils in Key Stage 2.
Thursday – Each class presents an assembly once a term and the theme is usually linked to a topical religious festival, cultural event or the children’s recent learning. For example, Class 1S led an assembly recently on Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.
Friday – Each Key Stage has its own Celebration Assembly where good attendance and exemplary behaviour and learning is celebrated. A song and time of reflection is included. Constant links are made to our Conditions for Learning and Behaviour Policy.
Harvest festival is celebrated each year – the past three years we have collected non-perishable goods for the local food bank.
Diwali has been celebrated in assembly on alternate years.
A special Christmas Assembly and Carol Service takes place in a local church – three different churches in the town have been visited over the last five years.
Chinese New Year has been celebrated in assembly on alternate years.
An Easter Assembly takes place each year featuring both religious songs and songs about Spring time and new life.
An assembly on Sikhism took place in June 2014.
Children at Burton End enjoy listening to visitors leading assemblies. Over the year we have regular visits from ministers and vicars local to the town who lead assemblies, as well as assemblies led by adults and older children visiting from our partnership Secondary Academy or from the local community, such as a Librarian.
When asking a new visitor to lead an Assembly we follow the advice given by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education Inclusive School Improvement Service Suffolk – Visiting contributors to RE and Collective Worship Guidance for schools.
Dear Parents / Carers
Due to the school closure on Friday 21st November the dates for the Book Club have now changed to :-
Tuesday 25th November to Tuesday 2nd December 2014.
This week the children in Reception have been learning about the different jobs people do in our community. We visited the school kitchen and the caretaker came to talk to the children. We had visits from
I am very pleased and proud to say that Burton
End became an Academy on 1st November. This
new status will help us ensure that we continue to
provide the very best education for our
children. We are excited about developing our
links with the other schools in the Castle
Partnership in order to provide an exciting and
dynamic, all through curriculum for the children
We look forward to celebrating becoming an
Academy with you all in the near future – further
details to follow.
Students from across our academy came together today to mark Remembrance Day. In both halls students gathered to join with people up and down Britain and consider the sacrifices others have made for our freedom. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years […]
Following an excellent sixth Form Pathways Guidance Evening on Thursday 6th November you can now find the key materials to download here. Below you will find links to view our brochure, subject information booklet and also to relevant application documents. Brochure Subject Info Downloads
We welcome you to meet staff and students, find out what’s on offer at Castle Manor Academy Sixth Form and learn how the post 16 experience is developing. The evening is happening on the main site of Castle Manor Academy, on 6th November 2014, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. More details here.