We ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:
should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.
As a 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 this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.
In Key Stage 2 British history is taught chronologically through Years 3 to Year 5, starting with a local study of our area. Periods then studied include The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Britain’s settlement by the Anglo Saxons and Scots and then the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England.
Over Remembrance Time KS2 pupils undertake a topic about World War One and Two looking at the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with Remembrance Day commemorations where children purchase poppies and a two minutes silence is held in a whole school assembly.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the World Cup, the Olympics and Para Olympics, with our own sports weeks. We were also visited by a Para Olympian.
In recent years, we celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George with special assemblies and themed lessons and a party. The Queens Birthday will be a big event for the school, with a ‘street party’ event to be held.
We support and learn from many charities from our Mac Millian coffee mornings to having visits and visitors, for example the PDSA. Who taught the whole school about respect and empathy. We have also supported Two parents running the London Marathon for the Charity MAC raising empathy and respect for blind children.
On a general level, the school undertakes a weekly values assemblies which uphold traditional values of respect. Respect, empathy and tolerance are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE, Citizenship and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days and lesson
Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences. The elections of House captains, ECO teams, Student Council as well nominating children for awards based solely on pupil voice. Our school attendance policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed
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* NCPCC are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our citizenship curriculum through PSHE.
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 of 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, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, behaviour, work, learning, marking responses, surveys, lunch choices, playtime choices, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around our overarching value of ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional support is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect.
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 are regularly held.