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British Values

Values Film Festival Workshop September 2015

Values Film Festival Workshop September 2015

Aaron from the Sixth Sense Theatre group came into school to lead a drama workshop. This is to develop a scene for the Values Festival film. Across the Federation ,schools are working on scenes for a Drama that illustrate the British Values.

Every scene will be put together on the Values Festival Day on the 1st October. There are children from each school who will be in charge of filming and editing the performance. The performing children worked on and developed their scene using words, mime and actions. Aaron was very positive about the work they did together. He made a point of mentioning how well behaved, hard working and well mannered our children were. Always a pleasure to hear!

British Values Day

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

Thursday 3rd of July was British Values Day at Tregoze. During the day all classes in school were learning about British Values and how they impact on and affect our daily lives at school and in the wider community.

British Values Day
3rd Sept 2015

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

Thursday 3rd of July was British Values Day at Tregoze. During the day all classes in school were learning about British Values and how they impact on and affect our daily lives at school and in the wider community.

Each class was taught about what the British Values were. This involved the children learning the meaning of some very important words- democracy, liberty and tolerance.
British Values Day
3rd Sept 2015

There were different activities in each class but the key values were covered in all classes.

In Year 3 the children thought about what they thought “Britishness” was. There were some interesting results including moaning about the weather and eating baked beans! Year 5 researched Parliament, the House of Lords and Commons.

Some of the younger children created red white and blue weaving. Lots of classes made posters of each of the values demonstrating their understanding. Another class had to imagine that they were Prime Minister. What rules would they have for the country?

British Values Day
3rd Sept 2015

There were some very thought provoking ideas. Interestingly most mentioned Values- including being kind, respecting others and being honest. These are a clear sign that our Values based learning is being successful.

At the end of the day we had a special Assembly to celebrate all the work covered during the day. Each class came out to the front and shared their learning experiences with the school.

The day was a huge success! Many key values were discussed during the day and it highlighted the roles and responsibilities we have as citizens of Britain.

 

At Tregoze Primary School, we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching:

‘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’.

The government define these values as

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths

At Tregoze 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. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

To promote these values:

  • We have an elected school council where pupil’s voices are heard and pupils also have the opportunity to complete questionnaires.
  • Our collective worship calendar actively promotes these values through the use of SMSC and RE objectives. These values are a focus for each term and incorporated further into PSHE and RE lessons.
  • 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, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. In the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver there is opportunity to discuss these.
  • Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom, but safely for example through our e-safety policy.
  • Our positive behaviour policy encourages tolerance and mutual respect.
  • We have had visits from our local MP Robert Buckland who led assembly on how the British government works and how to run democratic meetings.
  • We visit different places of worship and have visitors to school from other faiths. We have established close links with the local community and the Rev Clive Deverall holds one assembly a term.
  • As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics with an Olympic themed sports days, and competitions.
  • We celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with special assemblies, themed lessons including a mock wedding and a whole school street party.
  • The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school with a ‘street party’ event held in the playground and every child receiving a commemorative bookmark.
  • As a school we recognize and celebrate traditional Saints days and visit the local church.
  • We take part in a whole school Remembrance service each year.
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