TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Victoria Road Primary school.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014).
At Victoria Road Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets every month to discuss issues raised in class meetings. The council can decide upon many aspects which affects all children within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. The school is also divided in to houses. Each house votes in their house captains and they also vote on the charity they would like to support that academic year. The children put forward their chosen charity and the reasons behind their choice. The children then vote on the charity they would like their house to support.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those in the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Victoria Road Primary school. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are displayed in classrooms along with our behaviour reward system. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police help reinforce this message.
At Victoria Road Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. At the start of each topic, children are asked what they would like to know, this is then covered to allow the children to have a personalised learning. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices. Pupils are actively encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PSED and RE lessons.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Victoria Road Primary school is a diverse school. We promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures in RE, assemblies and through topic. Religious Education lessons and PSED lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. The children have opportunities to visit places of worship.
Examples of these can be seen throughout our school;
Reception - Reception have been thinking about people who are special to us and why. We have been making relationships with our new classmates and talking about what makes a good friend. In circle time we thought about how we can all be good friends and how important it is to be kind and helpful to our friends.
next term we will learning about super heroes and people who are superheroes in real life!! This will include people in our families and people who help us in our local community!!
Year 1 - Year 1 are excited for their police station visit next week to learn about who helps us in our local community. We have been learning about rules in our classroom and about laws in our country. In PSED we will be voting for things and understanding how a democracy works!
Year 2 - Year 2 have visited the local policde station this term and found out about what being a policeman is like and about the rules and laws in our country. We have also been visited by the local PCSO's several times to discuss safety and looking after ourselves during Halloween and Bonfire Night. We have been learning about Real Life Heroes and have video called a real-life soldier to find out how he helps us and protects our country.
Year 3 - Year 3 have been discussing the importance of rules and laws. We have been trying really hard to follow our school and classroom rules daily. The importance of laws was demonstrated to us in our whole school assembly by Rhema Theatre Productions. It showed without some laws and rules life would be absolutely CHAOS! Year 3 decided RULES are COOL!!
Year 4 - The children participated in a school vote on which foods they would like to see on the menu next year.
Year 5 - Year 5 will be taking part in harvest festival and leanring about the historical signifcance of this important festival. They will also be learning about Remembrance Day and designing their own memorial for the National Arboretum. Later in the year, many exciting activities are planned inclusing e safety Week where we will learn about tolerance and Keep Fit Feel Fab Week.
Year 6 - Year 6 exploring and discussing Brexit its impact on UK. We will also be looking at the arrangements for the forthcoming Royal wedding in May 2018. Year 6 have also been dissecting the poem Flanders Field and wrote some of their own Remembrance poetry for our Governor Mr Hailwood.
Have you seen our British Values display? This is an interactive display so have a look at the questions and write your responses on a post it note on the display.