Promoting British Values in our School
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Northaw Church of England Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is extensive within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through discussion and open forums within their classes; through brainstorming their ideas about what they would like to learn about a given topic; through our House system; through interviews and through Pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour system involves rewards (including house points) which the pupils are encouraged to nominate others for. Pupils are given leadership roles throughout the school and are encourage and enabled to lead teaching activities, fund raising events and monitoring duties.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school and class Collective Worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Leaders from Secondary Schools and the Church, are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. The children in Y6 complete a day’s workshop each year to learn the importance the law in readiness for transition to secondary school and more independence.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education and with the support of the strong foundations formed from our core values (responsibility, resoursefulness, resilience, respect, reflection and reasoning). Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately. We teach this through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons; our SEAL activities; our Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions; and through our day to day conversations, expectations and modelling throughout the day. Pupils are given opportuities for choich through: choice of challenge within a lesson; choice of how they record; or choice of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities. In our school we believe it important to give pupils the freedom to make choices as part of their education and preparation for life.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values (6Rs), 'Respect’ is one of these values, and pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, our daily conversations and expectations, and as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and P4C. The school has a high-profile vocabulary around our core values which remain at the heart of all we do and how we behave so pupils understand their responsibility in respecting others. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Visitors from different faiths and cultures are invited into our school to share facts, beliefs and rituals with our pupils.
British Values and our Curriculum
At Northaw Church of England Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.
In KS2, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held. A Rememberance Service is held in Church each year in order to teach the children to reflect on the occassion.
In KS1, there is a strong focus on the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a role model by the children as they find her work and approach to making changes to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring.
In English lessons across the school we study the works of English writers and poets and spend time discussing the impact of their work on British society as a whole as well as at a personal level.
In Histoy lessons we focus on important moments throughout British history and teach the events chronology to the children in order for them to gain an understanding of how Britain came to be: from the early British settlers, to the British Empire and up to modern day Britain. The pupils learn about key and important figures throughout British history, for example leaders such as King Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill; or inventors such as Isombard Kingdom Brunel and Alexandra Grahem Bell. Pupils learn how the lives of these key people, their deeds and accomplishments, impacted on the development of British society.
In PSHE and P4C lessons our pupils learn about and discuss our Government and Parliament, Democracy and our British laws. Cross-curricular links are made to engage the children further in their learning and encourage them to think and question. For example, year 5 and 6 studied ‘The Balled of Charlotte Demond’ and through poem this learned about Victorian laws and compared them to modern British laws. They learned about the Jury and legal system and held a court case to discover whether the accused in the poem was actually guilty.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, given opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country. Our Queen's Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with parents invited to a 'street party' event held in the playground. Traditional children's party food was served to all!
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily acts of collective worship which uphold traditional British Christian Values. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE, P4C and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.
Also visit the curriculum page for information on what Philosphy for children is and how we teach it.
Please click here to see our RE policy.
Please click here to see our Collective Worship policy.
Please click here to see our SMSC policy.
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