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Our Vision


Welcome to Barnham CEVC Primary School, a small school in the beautiful rural village of Barnham in Suffolk. 


At Barnham CEVCP we aim to create a school full of learning, adventure and discovery in which children feel safe and secure. We offer high quality teaching that embraces our school values and strives for excellence. We aim for all the children at Barnham CEVCP to develop a love of learning, build individual strengths and talents to become confident and independent citizens.


As a team we are committed to exciting teaching and irresistible learning.


We work closely with our local community to enhance both community life and the children’s learning experiences, please visit our Community pages to find out more about our local and global community links.

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

Values for Life


Our aim is for our school to become a place where we can all develop; both spiritually and morally, in turn becoming better prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

The children will take time every half term to explore each of the values. 

  Autumn 1  Autumn 2  Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1 Summer 2




hope reverence friendship truthfulness courage responsibility




belonging thankfulness love creativity peace trust




During the process of creation, God realised that it wasn't good for people to be alone.  Human beings need others to love, and others to love them.  We need to be in friendship with each other, and with Him.


Picture 1


Reverence is a deep feeling of respect and love for God. It’s those moments of feeling in awe, moments of glory, moments of knowing that you are valued by someone who is greater than yourself. It’s also respect and love for those around us, for our world, and for ourselves.



Reverence Newsletter



Hope gives us energy and keeps people going through difficult times. For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn hope into reality. For Christians, hope is more than a general feeling that things will get better. It is a hope rooted in the character of God: he is faithful to his people and can be relied on. He is like a strong rock and his promises can be trusted.


Hope newsletter



Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3.13)


Forgiveness is to stop blaming someone for their mistakes.
Forgiveness is to accept an apology.
Forgiveness is to stop feeling anger towards others.





Forgiveness newsletter



'Peace' means much more than the absence of war or conflict.  The Christian understanding of peace includes healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It's about harmony, stability and security within a community, where people flourish because they are nurtured.  It means building understanding and tolerance and being inclusive.  And that's what our school is about!


Peace newsletter



God created us to be like him - able to use our imagination to create something amazing!  It can be anything: a piece of writing, pictures, dance, song, music, drama, modelling, gardening, cooking, building.  The list is endless!


Creativity newsletter





Dear God,


Thank you for all of the people who fought in the wars for us. 

We are thankful that we have time every year to think about all of the people who died to help us have the lives we have today.



Written by Squirrel Class

What does Thankfulness look like in our school?



We all depend on each other: everyone is needed and valued and each person is important to our whole school family.  Outside of school we are in fellowship and love with each other as family, friends, communities, our nation, humanity, the created world!  We are like webs of love criss-crossing the world; surrounded and sustained by God's love.


We are all made by our loving Father to be unique and yet in love we all fit together somehow in a glorious jigsaw puzzle!  Here is a picture made by the children which shows just how we feel:

Belonging Newsletter



At the heart of responsibility is respect for ourselves, other people and the world around us as the creation of God.  So we take responsibility for:


  • ourselves - looking after our bodies and minds as well as taking care of our feelings and actions
  • tasks that we share
  • helping others, even those we may never meet
  • looking after our planet and all the plants and animals on it


We don't have do it all ourselves - it's all about teamwork with each other.  We can always ask God to help us too!

Responsibility Newsletter


How can you teach your children to be brave?


Give them Love  

When children are sure of their love from family and friends then they are confident that they can meet the trials of trials of daily life.

I John 4:18 - There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


Give them Heroes 

Teach children about great heroes of faith and men and women who walk bravely through life today.

Romans 15:4 -  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hoped.


Give them Courage 

Be a courageous role model to your children.  Let them see you make difficult decisions to do the right thing.

II Timothy 1:7 - For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 


Give them Experience 

Let your children know who has influenced your life and explain why. 

Philippians 1:13, 14 - So that is has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.  And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.


Give them Encouragement 

When your child is going through tough times do not stand on the sidelines.  Encourage them, counsel them and, if need be, help them.  Let them know you are there if they need you.

Isaiah 41:6 - They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.





What does truthfulness mean to us?


Truthfulness is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships.  If we are truthful then other people can trust us.  Trust leads to respect for people and for the way that they live their lives.  It means that we can rely on people when we feel vulnerable, for example trusting our friends to look after us and not tease us.  This respect leads us to be more truthful and more caring with each other.  



When God made people, one way they were like God was the ability to offer and receive the gift of friendship.  However, when people chose to betray friendship (with God or each other), this gift became broken.  People often chose to hate others, turning friends into enemies.  But the Bible story shows how God never stopped longing for friendship with and between all people.  Finally, Jesus came in to the world so that everyone could see the 'forever friendship' that God offers.  It is a friendship that is 

greater than the power of revenge, hatred and death and, when Jesus rose from the dead, it was made available to anyone.  Again and again God shows through the stories in the Bible how hatred can be turned into love and enemies can become friends.

This is the good news that Christians are called to pass on to a broken world.


Friendship in Hedgehog Class

Friendship Newsletter



One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 11:24-25


A Generous Promise

Christians believe that God is generous and He wants us to be generous too.  One way He rewards our generosity is by taking care of our physical needs.  The best thing about being generous is that when people see our generosity, they will thank God.



Questions for discussion:

1.  What is a promise?

2.  Read Psalms 37:26 and 2 Corinthians 9:7-10.  What does God do for those who        are generous?

3.  Read Proverbs 11:24.  On the other hand, what happens to those who are selfish?

4.  What will others do because of our generosity?