The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At St Lawrence CE Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. The whole school have the opportunity to have their voices heard through a number of avenues:
Year 6 class vote for a short list for Head Boy and Head Girl candidates
Whole school vote following a week of campaigning for Head Boy and Head Girl
In the summer term, teachers ask the children what they would like to learn in the following academic year and plan accordingly
Year 6 vote for two representatives on Church Council
Every child is a part of the Whole School Learning Council
Our Fair Trade Ambassadors were elected after our first Fair Trade Fortnight
Class topics include work on democracy:
Year 4: Ancient Greece; Year 6: Yes Minister (based on General Election 2015)
As part of ‘Yes Minister’, the children created their own political parties with manifestos and the class voted on who should get the keys to Number 10.
Year 6 class visit in 2015 to the Houses of Parliament
Visit from local MP, Damian Hinds to the school
Class jobs and helpers
Choosing name for a new Year 5 classroom was democratically decided
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 assemblies. 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. This is also reinforced through:
Class charters generated and then signed by classes
Focus on UNICEF rights of the child
Fair play in PE and other activities
Taking part in competitions and tournaments at other schools
Taking turns and sharing fairly
Generating and abiding by lunchtime and playground RRR charters
Visitors in to school e.g. Fire Service discussing safety rules and what happens when rules are broken
Visit from NSPCC
Effort levels displayed in classrooms
Visit from the Police (Year 2 SOS topic)
Year 6 annual trip to Think Safe where representatives of RNLI, Police, Fire, Trading Standards and SDAS (Domestic Abuse) explain rules to the children and the consequences when rules are broken
Magistrates visit Year 6 in the summer term to role play and then discuss the ways a Court works
Visiting Vicars and school staff discuss the Ten Commandments as a theme in Collective Worship
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 young pupils to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely e.g. through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. In addition, we promote:
RRR values and a knowledge of those rights and responsibilities
Offer children a choice of their own learning though discussion with the teacher
Children choose own task in a lesson
Children choose playground equipment
Growth mindset work done across the school
Children have choices in how to present or tackle work
Value our House Points system and sending a postcard home, promoting and celebrating both individual and group achievements.
A wide range of clubs to choose from. Through Pupil Premium, we ensure each child is able to choose and access.
Parents’ questionnaire to provide an idea of what activities they would like to see after school
Year 6 topic on USA looked at Martin Luther King and his ‘I have a dream’ speech
Year 6 topic on 007 focused on Cold War history and in particular the Berlin Wall.
As a Rights Respecting School, our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Core Values: CURIOSITY, ASPIRATION, RESPECT, RESILIENCE, EQUALITY; within that our Christian values of LOVE, CARE/COMPASSION & RESPECT and our overarching value of LOVE. Respect is at the heart of our ethos which is demonstrated in the following ways:
Respecting differences e.g. languages, children from other countries
Wall displays promoting RRR values
Respecting each other through listening, sharing and being polite
Appreciating individual effort with praise, stickers and postcards sent home
Year 6 taking on responsible peer mentor roles and monitors e.g. Librarians across the whole school
Being part of our local community and showing responsibilities through visiting places such as local residential homes to share our intergenerational work
Having close links with the Parish of the Resurrection and other local ministers.
Remembrance Day assembly – sharing the meaning behind it and taking part in a minutes silence.
Head Boy and Head Girl join Headteacher at The Cairn for a Remembrance Sunday service
Circle time to listen and share what we are proud of or concerned about.
Valuing our PSHE curriculum to complement British Values
Recognition of individual and group achievements through stickers, postcards home and House Points.
News/show and tell time in KS1
Circle Time – say something positive about each other
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. Assemblies and discussions are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. To further embed this we:
Deliver assemblies based on a Christian ethos
Promote listening to each other and valuing others’ opinions
Make educational visits which include other faith places of worship, showing respect or values of other cultures
Support charities around the world e.g. Toilet twinning with Tear Fund
Look at different religions within topic work e.g. Year 3: Ancient Egypt; Year 4/5: Noggin the Nog (Vikings); Year 4/5 Minions visit Ancient Greece – looked at their beliefs in the after life and RE planning across the whole school