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Promoting British Values

Democracy

 

Democracy is evident within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, or by applying for a job as an E-safety officer or a Playtime Friend. Every other year our Year 6 pupils are invited to take part in a debate in the council chamber at County Hall.   School Council representatives in each class are voted for. Each week in each class two awards are given out: the ‘Outstanding Pupil’ Award and the ‘SEAL’ Award for the pupil who has excelled in social and emotional aspects of learning each week.  Our school behaviour policy involves lots of rewards for good behaviour. Our Curriculum offers many opportunities to discuss democracy – such as The Romans and The Ancient Greeks. It allows us to consider events in history where British values have been tested, like WW1 & WW2.  Children also play a large part in planning their learning at the beginning of each theme. They are given the opportunity to have a say about the things that they would like to find out about each topic.  Cross curricular work gives children the opportunity to give their views, debate and argue, making well considered points and looking at both sides of an argument. A competitive spirit is also encouraged through our Team system: Red, Blue and Yellow Teams.  Every child competes to earn points for their house and on sports day a trophy is awarded. Team captains are elected each half term.

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 behavior and through school assemblies. We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through weekly ‘SEAL’ awards. Children are taught to play by the rules in sport, with an emphasis on fair play. 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 and Fire Brigade are organised in order to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

 

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 the right choices through the provision of a safe environment.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Anti-Bullying, E-Safety and PSHE & C lessons.  Whether it be through the choice of level of challenge, of how they record their work, how they record and show their homework, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.  Adults also help to give the children a sense of liberty and choice as we are helping them to learn ‘how to learn’ which we hope will help them be prepared for life beyond Appleton Wiske Primary School at secondary school and into adult life.

Mutual Respect

 

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.  Pupils are encouraged to have respect for themselves and others and to work together to create an exciting learning community.  Whole school projects allow us to consider respect for each other in topics such as our Health and Well Being theme. Our curriculum allows us to consider respect for our world and our environment.  We take part in anti-bullying week and our Anti-Bullying charter is reviewed each year with pupils and staff.  Our Year 4 pupils also attend an anti-bullying dance Workshop.  Every year we show respect for others by fundraising for a range of charities. We have supported events such as – Children in Need, Sports Relief, Save the Children and Red Nose day.

Tolerance 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 and PSHE & C. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  We celebrate other religions and faiths through music – singing songs from different festivals and in different languages. Regular visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

 

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