Curriculum - British Values
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.
At Pheasey Park Farm 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.
At our School we reinforce a range of principles and values through our curricular and extra curricular activities.
Democracy is established at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council, Eco Committee and Pupil questionnaires. Our school Behaviour Policy involves rewards and sanctions which the pupils understand and reinforce.
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 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Lifeguards etc. help reinforce this message. Y6 pupils also undertake a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
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 our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Our pupils are given the freedom to make choices for example during extra curricular clubs.
Part of our school ethos and Behaviour Policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Our school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well 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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and IPC. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our RE curriculum focuses each term on another faith and we celebrate and respect these faiths. Our children and staff have celebrated various festivals and events including Diwali to experience the similarities and differences with our faith.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports booklets and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country. We also celebrated the World Cup with a range of studies and projects provided for the children.
We celebrate Remembrance Day every year with special assemblies and support to the Poppy Appeal.
More recently, we celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George with special assemblies and themed lessons. The Golden Jubilee was celebrated in school through a special picnic themed day.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and through extra curricular provision.
British Values/Extremism issues are covered throughout the curriculum delivered.
Year Group Curriculum Themes
In Year 6, pupils undertake a Literacy focused unit of work based upon Morpurgo’s World War 1 book.
Children are taught about 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 minutes silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.
Year 6 children also learn about British Author Shakespeare and the impact of Shakespeare’s work in a special workshop.
Year 6 children visit the Houses of Parliament each year to learn about Democracy and Law in our country. British Values and principles are explored whilst considering extremism issues and their impact.
In Year 5 we study Friend or Foe. This is a story set in World War 2. Children are taught about 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 minutes silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.
Here and Now, There and Then studies British Society and how we have developed over time.
In Year 4 we study British Explorers including James Cook, Charles Darwin, Margaret Mee, Mary Kingsley and Frances Drake. We explore their impact in Britain and to our lives today. Year 4 also study people who help us and enjoy a visit by the local Fire Service where they learn how various services in Britain have an important role to play. Children learn why they should value such roles and respect for such roles is developed.
In our topic of Living Together we find out about how our school meets the needs of the community. This involves looking at the different groups that make up our community and the rules that they have.
In Year 3 we study History of British Inventions. Studies include Stevenson’s Rocket and the impact of Stevenson’s work on our lives today. We study the invention of the Spinning Jenny by James Hargreaves. We study Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web. We visit Cadbury World and learn about Fair Trade in Britain. Through these studies children learn about the significant impact British inventors have had on our lives.
In Year 2 children learn about the work of Florence Nightingale in the topic People of the Past. Children learn how Florence Nightingale assisted British soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a 'martyr' by many children in the year group as they find her work and approach to making changes to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring. In our topic of People of the Past children also study famous
British people in history including Elizabeth I and L. S. Lowry.
In Year 1 we study Celebrations in the United Kingdom. We study how people celebrate in Britain and the types of traditions and dress worn.
We learn about the important events that have happened in our local area. In our topic of Hooray…Let’s go on holiday we learn about traditional British holidays from the past.
Year Foundation Stage:
In FS we study Job Roles in Britain. We study the important jobs undertaken including Police Service, Fire Service and Retail and Business Management. Parents who work in such roles come and speak with the children about the importance of their roles to us.