Our curriculum is under pinned by the ethos of the British Values curriculum. The values are:
- Whole school democracy
- Rule of law: school law and law of the land
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of other faiths
Opportunities to teach and learn from these values are threaded through our curriculum consistently. We understand that the society we live in is diverse and therefore, our curriculum and life within school reflects this. By promoting British values, we want all of our pupils:
- To have good manners and respect for themselves and others
- Develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- Acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- Promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling children to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
- Encourage respect for other people
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England
We promote and reinforce British values in the following ways:
Our RHSE curriculum encourages all aspects of respect for democracy and the democratic process.
The annual election and work of our School and Eco Councils reflects British democracy. Each class from Foundation Stage to Year 6 vote for representatives, which gives classes a say on the decisions that are made at our school. The councils meet regularly with Mrs Wakefield and Mrs Medley to discuss how they want to bring about positive change within our school. Our councils are very proactive in having their voices heard.
All pupils complete annual questionnaires, where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
We organise charity work through our Mini Vinnies throughout the year support a range of charities and organisations, including CAFOD and Candle Lighters.
Our local Councillor Richard Forster, and MP Yvette Cooper visit our school for a question and answer session with our Year 5 and 6 pupils.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced. Pupils are taught the rules from an early age in the Foundation Stage. The pupils are aware of the consequences of not following the rules in our school community.
Pupils learn to understand the difference between right and wrong in all aspects of school life throughout the day. There is an opportunity for children to put right what has been done wrong, wherever possible.
Through RHSE, pupils are given the opportunity to understand aspects of civil and criminal law and discuss how this might be different from some religious laws.
Pupils in our school expect and receive a fair system where actions are always respectfully justified.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws; that they exist to govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involved and the consequences when laws are broken. They understand that rules are there to keep us safe.
Visits from local authority figures such as the fire bridge, the local community police officers, MPs and governors demonstrate to pupils how rules and laws are an integral part of a safe and happy Britain.
What it means to be British
We celebrate the role of Britain both historically and in the present. We want pupils to have knowledge of and be proud of their British heritage and the cultural and historical traditions that we are renowned for the world over.
Throughout the year we celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms this means we celebrate events such as Christmas, Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Remembrance Day.
Our curriculum reflects, celebrates and teaches pupils about diversity. For example, in RE pupils learn about other faiths. Within RE lessons, the pupils explore these faiths and we discuss others to look for any similarities and differences. They compare and contrast marriage customs and naming ceremony customs, for example.
In Geography, pupils learn about their own locality. They also learn about Britain’s place in Europe as well as other aspects of its rich heritage.
In History, pupils learn about key British figures such as Queens Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. We study in detail key periods of British history including the Great Fire of London, the Tudors, the Victorians and the Second World War.
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express out views and beliefs as an integral part of what it is to be British.
Our 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 young people to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our RHSE, e-safety, and drug awareness lessons.
Our pupils are encouraged to give their opinions and share these ideas with due regard for the feelings of others.
As part of our RHSE curriculum, we place a huge emphasis on the social and emotional learning of our pupils and feel we send them off to secondary school as well rounded individuals.
We celebrates achievements both in and out of school in our weekly Virtues assembly.
Pupils may choose to take part in our range of extra-curricular activities.
They are involved in their own learning and respond to their learning by feedback systems and self-review of marking.
We promote diversity through our work about different faiths and cultures. RE and RHSE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Throughout school life, pupils are encouraged to discuss between people such as their faith, ethnicity, disability or gender. Each class has an inspirational person who has faced adversities in life and has achieved highly. They also discuss differences in family life such as looked after pupils or young carers.