Schools are required to teach British values as part of their responsibility for promoting the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. In doing this they can also show that they are ‘actively promoting fundamental British Values.’
At the heart of these values, lie good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals. Much work was already in place to support and embed these values and it is our aim to ensure we effectively share this with pupils, staff, governors and the wider community.
These values are integral to our school vision and ethos and are reinforced regularly.
The British Values are defined as:
British Values are developed across the curriculum in all classes and through a variety of whole school activities:
Positive relationships with adults in school and in the wider community
Pupil voice contributing to decisions in our school council and pupil feedback at every opportunity.
Assemblies focussing on different values
Display in classrooms, identifying how children have demonstrated their understanding of
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and SEAL lessons.
We enjoy visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
Participation in community events
At the start of the school year, each class discusses and its Golden Rules, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe environment.
We celebrated our British Values this term where we focused on the five different British Values including Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths, beliefs and community.
We moved around the school in groups to join in activities that discussed and promoted the importance of these values. We made voting cards for our democratic school. We learnt a British Values rap. We made crowns and discussed our school’s Golden Rules. We made a bunting to understand our Individual Liberty. We made paper dolls and talked about our tolerance of those who are different to us. Finally we learnt about Mutual Respect and how to treat everyone equally through the act of role play.
Making voting slips when learning about Democracy.
The children made Golden Rule crowns when learning about The Rule of Law.
Making a bunting to understand Individual Liberty.
The children made paper dolls when learning about tolerance of others that may be different to us.
We loved the day and learnt so much about the British community and ways that we contribute. We are also now very determined that all our voices matter and that everyone should be listened to and respected.
Take a look at some more of our wonderful pictures below from The British Values Curriculum Day in Key Stage One.
Saltergate Junior School
Every Friday we learn about British Values in our Assembly.
The Year 6 children lead the way with their powerpoint presentations and discussions.
Look below to see some of our work.