Curriculum - British Values
The Department for Education expects schools 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.
At Pheasey Park Farm Primary School and Early Years Centre, we value and promote the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all children 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 these are a range of curriculum topics that have strong links to the history of Britain.
At our School, we reinforce a range of principles and values through our curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Democracy is established at our school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil questionnaires and Pupil Councils:
A* STARS Sheriffs
Junior Safety Officers
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. Children 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 etc. help reinforce this message. The School Council undertakes a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour and learns the role of the Mayor and the history of Walsall Mayors.
Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Our children are given the freedom to make choices, for example during extra-curricular clubs.
Our school ethos revolves around values such as ‘Understanding and celebrating our differences', and children 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 further reiterated through our classroom contracts.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing children’s 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 Topic. 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 and Holi to experience the similarities and differences with our faith.
Pheasey prides itself on whole school celebrations which develop children’s cultural capital by providing a wealth of experiences. The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in school with a special themed day and “tea party.”
The Commonwealth Games provided the opportunity for the whole school to participate in learning about the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and the continent of Africa.
Representatives attend the Barr Beacon War Memorial Service along with neighbouring primary and secondary schools and lay a wreath on behalf of children, staff, parents and governors.
Charity Appeals are supported throughout the year:
Children in Need
Operation Christmas Child
Comic Relief/Sport Relief
World Book Day
Timezone history days bring key historical periods to life for our children linked to year group Topic themes.
Weekly ICT, Recognition, SEAL, Singing and Wellbeing assemblies are undertaken which uphold traditional values of respect, resilience and perseverance alongside current topics such as mental health, protected characteristics and Global Citizenship. These are also taught within weekly PSHE and RE lessons and through extra-curricular provision.
British Values are interwoven across the curriculum.
Year Group Curriculum Themes
In Year 6, children undertake a study of ‘Journey to Jo’burg‘ by Beverley Naidoo. This story is set in South Africa during the apartheid years.
Hola Mexico is studied and the children learn about the country of Mexico and its culture including: its geography, its festivals, daily life, food, schools and industries. Masks are designed and made in relation to the festival ‘Day of the Dead’. Children also learn about the ancient Mayan civilisation and how their environment, beliefs, architecture and mathematical knowledge made the Maya one of the most sophisticated ancient civilisations.
Year 6 children also learn about British Author Shakespeare and the impact of Shakespeare’s work in a special workshop.
In Year 5 children study Friend or Foe which 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 Remembrance celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.
‘Sow, Grow and Farm’ teaches the children the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world. They learn about different types of farming and land use, particularly in the U.K. the children build on previous mapping skills to locate local farms, explaining what type of farming is in that area. The children will be taught about the world’s biomes, climate zones and vegetation belts and explain their common characteristics. Sow, Grow and Farm is brought to life by a visit to Pheasey allotments.
Changes in the Community explores how things have changed at school and within the local community using the first-hand experiences of our Learning Mentor who was a former pupil.
In Year 4, the features of rivers and mountains, identifying rivers and mountains around the world using atlases and the internet, and identifying the different mountain types and the uses of rivers are explored. Children listen to the first-hand experiences of a teacher who shares his experiences of climbing and the equipment he uses in a safe way.
In English, children study the text, Grandpa Chatterji by Jamila Gavin.
They explore how to create a varied and rich vocabulary for character descriptions, writing diary entries, writing comparisons, and editing and proof-reading their writing.
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, the topic of ‘Urban Pioneers’’ focuses on graffiti and famous artists. The children explore the history of the Pheasey area as well as looking at landmarks in and around Birmingham. The children also conduct a study of the local area and observe how it has changed over time.
During a topic called ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious!’ the children tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats. They work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with food and explore the journey of food. The children will find exciting recipes to read – and write their own, too. Then get busy in the kitchen, making tasty dishes and discover how good food helps them grow fit and strong.
In Year 2, children focus on the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ books which are linked to significant individuals such as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Mary Anning, Martin Luther King and Greta Thunberg. The stories explain the life of the individual and link closely with our History Topic of ‘Movers and Shakers’. We will look at different genres of writing such as setting descriptions, newspaper articles and instructions. We are continuing to consolidate our phonics knowledge this half term ready for an assessment in December.
The topic of Coastlines is also a focus to develop locational knowledge by exploring on a world map the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
In Year 1 we study Celebrations in the United Kingdom. We study how we celebrate at home and share our first-hand experiences with our peers. We also look at special celebrations such as weddings and learn about how Christians, Sikhs and Muslims welcome a new baby.
Year 1 focus on ‘School days’. The history of our school is looked at with comparisons made to what school life was like in the Victorian days. As part of Geography lessons, the children explore the local area and look at how it has changed over time.
In English we focus on a range of stories including stories from around the world and traditional tales.
Year Foundation Stage:
“Me and My Community provides the opportunity for children to learn about the school community and building friendships. They explore the school grounds and find out about all the people in school who are there to help them. They also explore how they are special and unique and how everyone’s family is different, find out about people in the community who help us, including doctors, nurses, and the emergency services and learn how to call for the emergency services, explore fingerprints and make funny photofit pictures.
In Foundation Stage we also explore ‘Do You want to be friends” discussing how we can be a good friend, celebrating our similarities and differences and talking about people who help us. We discuss giving each other compliments, creating a recipe for a good friend and learning how important it is to be sensitive to the needs of others. Self-portraits are created using collage materials, we take part in role play activities in our home corner and learn lots of new songs.
Learning how to share and take turns with our friends is part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development. New routines in Nursery and what we need to do to follow the Nursery rules are learnt. Different emotions and identifying what makes us happy and sad are explored.