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Freeman’s Junior Academy believes that all children have a right to grow up and learn in a safe and secure environment. If we have any concerns about a child's safety we will speak to you as parents in the first instance. Often through us talking things through the concerns that have been raised are explained or further support is arranged and we move forward from there. Very occasionally we have concerns are raised that we may feel, that by talking directly with you, may put the child more at risk. In some instances these cases are then referred to Social Services.

This procedure enables us to protect children at risk and we make no apology for taking the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.

Unfortunately this means that we risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which upon investigation proves unfounded.

Our Safeguarding Policy is below and we remind parents to speak to us if you are worried. If you are worried about a child outside of school time you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 1000.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads

If you believe that a child in our school may be at risk, please talk to one of the designated senior persons. These are:

  • Mrs Fiona Hull (Principal and Lead DSL)
  • Mrs J Radcliffe  (Deputy DSL)
  • Mrs K Holder (DSL)
  • Miss K Mack (DSL)
  • Mrs C Medcalfe (Family Support Worker and DSL)

The Underwear Rule (from NSPCC)

The Underwear Rule from NSPCC

Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse – without using scary words.

Follow this link to the 'Let's Talk Pants' website. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or
worried.

At Freeman’s, we believe that Religious Education plays a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development, preparing learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and helping them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

We follow the County Agreed Syllabus, “Growing Together”, as determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). Our syllabus reflects that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It also makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the view that 'Every Child Matters' and helps to promote community cohesion.

The Agreed Syllabus aims for pupils to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, and
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Religious Education is taught weekly as a discrete subject. As a Church of England school, we prioritise the teaching of Christianity, which accounts for two thirds of our programme of study. Further units of study provide in-depth coverage of three other major religions including Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism as well as the opportunity to examine other religious beliefs and attitudes such as Humanism.

Through RE lessons, we help children to both learn about and to learn from religion and belief. The units of study are all question-based and lessons are planned which allow children to be active, thoughtful, reflective and expressive in their handling of questions about beliefs, religion, spirituality and values. We aim to include elements of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection within our lessons.

We use a varied range of teaching and learning strategies in order to make Religious Education dynamic and challenging for all pupils. These include whole class lessons, pair and group discussions, drama, role-play, ICT, visits, outside speakers, audio-visual stimuli, artwork and the use of religious artefacts.

Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education. Parents do, however, retain the right to withdraw their children from RE. If you have any concerns, in the first instance we would encourage you to talk to your child’s class teacher who can direct you to the RE Subject Leader if you need further information.

Below are our Worship and Religious Education Policies.

As a Church School, we hold a daily act of Collective Worship for our pupils. They are Christian in nature and have regard for the family background and the ages and aptitudes of our pupils.

Collective Worship provides the opportunity to worship God within the rich tradition of Christian prayer and worship. We aim to foster a sense of fellowship by bringing all members of our school community together at the start of each day for times of celebrating, sharing, reflecting, responding and praying in an open and sensitive climate. Individuals are invited to explore and deepen their spirituality and to respond both in their own lives and within the community.

Through Collective Worship at Freeman’s, we aim to strengthen a sense of belonging and a sharing of values, including Christian, School and British Values. In addition, we aim to stimulate the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. Through Worship, individuals will develop an understanding of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, hear and respond to the teachings of the Bible, experience prayer and prepare for their daily experiences and responsibilities with the belief that God is involved in every area of life.

Our Acts of Worship contain elements of the following:

  • Consideration of, and response to, the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the Bible.
  • Praise and Prayer to God.
  • Exploration of the symbolism within the Christian faith and the Anglican tradition.
  • Respect and tolerance for people of all faiths, races and cultures.
  • Promotion of fundamental British Values.
  • Participation in hymns and songs.
  • Invitations to participate and observe.
  • Recognition of, and response to, the spiritual dimension of human experience.
  • Ritual and ceremony, stillness and reflection.

Worship is led by a wide range of members of our teaching and leadership team with contributions also being made by the children. We benefit from regular Christian visitors who lead our worship, including Reverend Christine from St Barnabas Church, the CSALT team (Christian School Assembly Link Team) and the CAT team (Christian Assemblies Team). Pupils and staff are involved in evaluating the effectiveness of Worship.

Some of our Acts of Worship take place at St Barnabas Church, where parents are invited to join us as we celebrate important times in the school and Church year, including Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.

If a parent of a pupil requests that their child be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious worship at the school, the pupil will be excused until the request is withdrawn.

Below are our Worship and Religious Education Policies.

At Freeman’s Endowed (C of E) Academy we aim to provide all our children with the best possible education in preparation for secondary school and beyond. With this in mind we are developing our curriculum to further meet the needs of our children. We have chosen to implement the Cornerstones curriculum as we believe it will enable us to create a stimulating,
engaging and aspirational curriculum for all.

Cornerstones provides us with a curriculum linked to the national curriculum and covering the key skills that the children need to master in Key Stage 2. Each year group will undertake six integrated learning projects during the academic year. These integrated learning projects are broken down into four distinct sections. These are:

EngageDevelopInnovateExpress
 Hook learners in with
a memorable
experience.
Set the scene and
provide the context
for learning.
Ask questions to find
out children’s
interests.
Provoke children’s
curiosity using
interesting starting
points.
Teach knowledge to
provide depth of
understanding.
Demonstrate new
skills and allow time
for consolidation.
Provide creative
opportunities for
making and doing.
Deliver reading
writing and talk
across the
curriculum. 
Provide imaginative
scenarios that
provoke children’s
creative thinking.
Enable and assess
children’s application
of previously learned
skills.
Encourage enterprise
and independent
thinking.
Provide opportunities
for collaborative
working and problem
solving. 
Provide
environments for
reflective talk.
Provide opportunities
for shared
evaluation.
Celebrate success.
Identify new steps for
learning. 

 A school where everyone aspires to be their best!

As a Christian school in the heart of Wellingborough, Freemam's Endowed CE Junior School is committed to creating opportunities for all of our pupils which will enable them to achieve their full potential and live successful lives in the future. We have high expectations for all of our pupils and support them to develop high aspirations for themselves. We believe that our children deserve the highest quality of teaching and learning experiences, delivered by staff in a welcoming setting that values hard work, determination and respect. Our school’s Christian values are central to school life and enable the children to understand the importance of growing into a responsible, caring citizen.

We aim to

  • Create a happy learning environment where all children feel valued
  • Encourage children to feel confident to challenge themselves.
  • Support our pupils to develop independence, resilience and self-belief.
  • Develop a strong relationship with parents, carers, the community and the church
  • Value the achievements of the members of the school community and celebrate their successes both within and outside of school.
  • Help our young people to strengthen their own faith and beliefs, while developing and showing respect, tolerance and understanding for different faiths and cultures in the school and wider community.

Our vision is  based on our core values of FORGIVENESS, ASPIRATIONS, HONESTY, RESILIENCE, RESPECT AND FAITH.

There are many examples of our values in the Bible and they are deeply embedded within the Christian Ethos of the school.

Forgiveness :

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’” Matthew 18:21-22.

Aspirations:

The aspirations of good people end in celebration; the ambitions of bad people crash.Proverbs 10:28

Honesty:

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.James 1:26

Resilience:

Jesus Christ told us that we would have tough times, but He also reminded us that He would always be with us. If He’s always with us, then He will help us. Be strong in Him and seek peace by keeping your mind on Him. We must stop dwelling on the bad. Resilient Christians look past their troubles and put their mind on Christ.

Respect:

“Respect your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise added: “so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.” Ephesians 6:2-3

Faith:

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10.52

Year 3 Curriculum Maps

Home Learning

Spellings are given out on a Monday related to a specific pattern or rule. Children are then quizzed the following week. Every few weeks children will be given a mixture of spellings from the previous weeks. Spelling shed is a useful tool to practise spellings.
 
Children are given a times table to practise weekly. This is also set on Monday.

How you can help

Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis. You could use the questions in their reading diary for ideas. Ensuring that your child is regularly practicing their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practised; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.

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Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy

Westfield Road

Wellingborough

NN8 3HD

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