In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Children are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
• rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Rule of Law
We have been thinking about the four core strands of British Values in our PSHE lessons. The first core strand we have looked at is Rule of Law. Rule of Law means that we all follow the same rules. Each class demonstrated how they implement this value in their class. Some examples can be seen below:
In year one, the children discussed the rules for their class. They worked together to think about how they are going to follow the class rules. They then discussed the consequences of not following the rules. Miss Cavanagh explained to the children how they must follow the rules in the classroom, on the playground as well as whilst being in and around the school.
In Year 2 the children gathered to think about ‘what makes a super classroom’. The children came up with ideas such as ‘making friends, being kind, listening to others, being friendly’. Mrs Russel, explained to the children that a super classroom has all these components because of rules. If we do not follow the rules which is to be kind to one another, it would not be a nice place to be. Mrs Russel spoke to the children about the importance of following the rules both in and outside of school.
In Year 3, we had a ‘debate’. We looked at what a school would be like if there were no rules at all. The children could say unkind things, hurt others, distract others when they are trying to learn etc. The children had to think about how this would make them feel, what impact would it have and if they thought they would be able to learn in this environment. We then looked at our school rules. We discussed what it meant in terms of right and responsibility. The children decided that a school where there are rules and respect is a much better place. We then created our own class rules which the children have agreed to follow. We spoke about the consequences of breaking the rules (both in and out of school) and how we can ensure that we are always doing the right thing.
Year 6 also discussed the importance of rules in the classroom. The children understood the importance of following the rules and had a good understanding of laws outside of school and what the consequences are for breaking these laws. The children signed the rules poster and put this up in their classroom.
In Nursery we learn to follow the routines of nursery understanding that it is important for everyone to do the same.
We take care of our resources and learn to put them away carefully.
We line up nicely at snack time and follow our class rules.
Nursery In nursery the children learn to share the toys and begin to understand that everyone needs to have a turn. The enjoy working as a team and valuing people’s opinions and ideas.
We also use our Jigsaw scheme and Peter, to show how we are feeling and talk about how others might be feeling. We encourage the children to take responsibility for their own needs giving them the chance to develop self-esteem such as choosing their own milk or water.
In Reception, the children completed an activity for mental health. Below you can see the children accessing the Hello Yellow mental health day provision – sharing the resources beautifully and taking selfies sensibly with the class iPad.
In year 1 during our PSHE lesson the children were able to listen to other’s opinions as well as respecting other’s opinion even if they do not agree. The children were able to act these scenarios out to their peers and discuss.
Individual liberty- Year 6 were invited to take part in Stalybridge Town of Culture project with a local artist. They were asked about their ‘Views of Stalybridge’ and produced a piece of artwork.
In Nursery we like to know that everyone gets an equal chance to sit on the special chair. We ask the children who they think should sit on it and then we count the votes. Sometimes we ask another child to choose the person for the special chair too!
In Reception, the children use cubes to vote for their favourite story every day which is read at home time.
In Year 1 we use a book voting station to encourage children to vote for a story of their choice to be read before home time.
Democracy- Year 6 have been learning about how democracy works in the UK by marking UK Parliament week in class.
In Nursery we learn to work together as a team and share our toys. Through RE we learn to respect our world and look after it.
In Reception, the children have been learning to share, wait for their turn and sitting beautifully in a circle during an English/food tasting lesson. Children shared their opinions about each food type and were encouraged to respect the opinions of their friends, even if they were different to their own. Below, you can see the children in Reception are showing respect during prayer and liturgy. They discussed God’s beautiful world and said a prayer for the world. Children had the opportunity to share their own prayers for their own intentions such as praying for mummy who is poorly of for their pet in heaven. We sang If I were a Butterfly and took part in the actions together.
In Year 1 we have been showing respect during our time with Jesus. We have been discussing the children’s experiences and feelings about neighbours and saying what they wonder about neighbours, both locally and globally. The children were able to ask and respond to questions about their own and other’s experiences and feeling about neighbours. The children were able to respect and value others’ opinions during our lesson and were able to sit patiently and wait their turn.
Mutual respect- A group of Year 6 preparing our time with Jesus for the rest of the class- praying for one another, our families and communities around the world.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In Nursery we develop our understanding of other faiths and tolerance through role play. We learn that all children share different experiences and have different faiths and beliefs all around the world.
We use different languages to say good morning which link to children in class that are bilingual, and we celebrate other faiths through art.
During multifaith week, Reception, Year 1 and 2 worked collaboratively to create a large scale rangoli pattern using coloured rice. The children often enjoy answering the register in different languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Mandarin and German.
In year 1 as a part of multifaith week we have been learning all about the festival of Diwali – we created our own Diva lamps out of clay. The children also love to answer the register using different languages such a German, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Polish.
As part of multifaith week, Year 6 learnt about the festival of Diwali and made lanterns.