School Values and Assemblies

Assembly Schedule

Assemblies play a big part in school life at Potton Middle and we are so pleased to be able to hold assemblies together again!

Active Assembly

It’s a great way to kick-start the week with physical activity throughout our school, inspiring pupils to get active with moves they can practice in the playground or at home, and introducing sports and activities they might enjoy.

Voice and Values Assembly

Our weekly Values assemblies start at the beginning of the month with an introduction to the new value of the month. Each class contributes to these assemblies throughout the year alongside their class teacher in a class assembly. We learn more about the Value of the month and also award Value’s Certificates.

Every month, one Values Champion is chosen from each class across the Federation from Year 1 to Year 8. To celebrate and congratulate them how well they have demonstrated the Value of the Month, the Values Champions are able to attend breakfast with Miss Coppenhall on a Friday morning.

We enjoy eating croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and fruit juices, whilst talking about our school. Conversations are led by the children, as we discuss together how we are feeling at school, what we are enjoying and what the adults can do to help things to become even better. The children are always very honest and open about their feelings, and we always leave with very full tummies too!

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall September Value Unity

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall October Value Respect

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall November Value Responsibility

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall January Value Happiness

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall February Value Trust and Honesty

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall March Value Thoughtfulness

Singing Assembly

We love to sing at Potton Lower School, and our assemblies are no exception to this. We sing a range of songs from pop songs to musicals, traditional songs to funny call and response songs. We also work towards performances throughout the year.

Birthday and Handwriting Assembly

We celebrate weekly birthdays during this assembly. Every child receives a birthday card when their birthday is due, and the whole school wish them a happy birthday through singing to them and hearing about their birthday plans. We also hand out certificates for great effort in handwriting.

Whole School Assembly

Teachers take it in turns to lead a whole school assembly. These can be based around the teacher’s own interests or relevant events currently in the news or from the past.

KS3 Assembly

This is time for KS3 pupils to think about their futures, including transitioning to Upper School and potential career paths. We enjoy hosting a range of visitors during this assembly too.

Celebration Assembly

We end the week celebrating the successes and memorable moments from the week. We share certificates received from outside of school as well as hand out certificates for the hard work completed that week. It is a lovely way to end the week.


Values Write Up 2021-22

What is Values-based Education?

Values-based Education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and develops students’ social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.

The positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. It quickly liberates teachers and students from the stress of confrontational relationships, which frees up substantial teaching and learning time.
It also provides social capacity to students, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.  Find out more and visit

Values-based Education IS British Values, PSHE and SMSC

Values-based Education (VbE) is truly transformational, providing a structure for a positive ethos that impacts on the whole school community. It has a direct influence on the entire curriculum, and most specifically on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), and of course on the teaching of British Values.

Values-Based Education and Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural Education (SMSC) 

The framework of VbE offers an assured foundation for the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils. School assemblies and lessons focus on the values progressively so that pupils deepen and challenge their understanding. Through exploring a selection of positive values in depth, pupils learn what these mean to them and their lives, and what application they have for other people and the wider world. The enactment of these values in shared behaviours, shared language and spiritual reflection across the school enables pupils to develop both their cognitive understanding and their personal ‘Inner Curriculum.’ Moreover, the practice of VbE infuses the ethos and culture of the school, meaning that a child’s entire school experience furthers their spiritual, social and cultural development