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Aims, Ethos and Values

THE SCHOOL: VISION AND VALUES

Isambard Brunel Junior School is an academy located in the North End area of the city of Portsmouth. It is housed in a Victorian school built over one hundred years ago. We share a site with Meredith Infant School and the majority of our intake comes from them. Most children go on to attend The Portsmouth Academy or Mayfield Secondary School.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in Old Portsmouth on 9 April 1809. He was one of Britain’s most famous and successful engineers. He is the inspiration for our values and our vision.

BRUNEL VISION

Building Bridges:

…to great exam results in school, college and university because you’ve become great learners and independent thinkers

…to a place where everyone gets on with each other because creed and colour are understood and celebrated

…to the life that you dream of because you have a great career and unlimited ambition

BRUNEL VALUES

Brave

Respectful

United

Nurturing

Excellent

Learning

 

THINKING SCHOOL ACADEMY TRUST VALUES

Transforming life chances by …

Providing an educational framework that promotes the development of effective habits and cognitive structures

Challenging everyone to aspire to and strive for personal excellence

Enabling each individual to realise their potential and have mastery of their own destiny

 

THINKING SCHOOL ACADEMY TRUST VALUES

Child first

Aspire

Challenge

Achieve

THINKING

We teach the children various thinking tools to help them with their learning and to prepare them for life outside school. We were accredited as a Thinking School in February 2017.

Habits of Mind are the sixteen habits that great learners show all the time. They are:

Persisting                                                                                          Managing Impulsivity

Listening with Understanding and Empathy                                   Thinking Flexibly

Thinking about Thinking                                                                 Striving for Accuracy

Questioning and Posing Problems                                                 Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision              Gathering Data through All Senses

Creating, Imagining, Innovating                                                     Responding with Wonderment and Awe

Taking Responsible Risks                                                               Finding Humour

Thinking Interdependently                                                             Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

 

Thinking maps are diagrams that help with different thinking processes.

Analysing whole objects and parts brace map                             Causes and effects multi-flow map

Classifying and grouping tree map                                              Comparing and contrasting double bubble map

Defining in context circle map                                                     Describing bubble map

Seeing analogies bridge map                                                     Sequencing and ordering flow map