The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation of 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 Anston Park Infant School these values are reinforced regularly and we prepare children for life in modern Britain in the following ways throughout the curriculum.
In History, pupils are taught about similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods, how changes within living memory reveal changes in national life and about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally. They also learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements.
As a whole school we celebrate Local and National events such as the Olympics and other sports events, as well as Royal Weddings. We also celebrate St George’s Day, Pancake Day, Remembrance Day etc. Our assemblies focus on the values of respect and tolerance.
We are a Rights Respecting School (Level 1) and our whole school ethos focuses on rights and responsibilities.
As a school we focus on four main articles linked to the Unicef Rights of a Child which are:
Every child has the right to a voice
Every child has the right to be healthy
Every child has the right to an education
Every child has the right to relax
This underpins everything we do in school.
At the beginning of each school year, the children create their own class charters which they all sign and agree to. These charters are regularly referred to.
We have a school Council which includes two children from every class in school. All the members are elected by their own class having shared their manifesto.
The Rule of Law
The class charters and school charters are consistently reinforced throughout the day. Children are involved in our school positive points rewards but also understand the consequence of inappropriate behaviour and our class warning boards.
Visits to assembly or individual classes from the Police, Fire and Ambulance services help us to reinforce laws that govern the country.
Throughout the school, children are encouraged to make choices, be independent and to use their initiative within our safe learning environment.
Throughout school, children are encouraged to respect the thoughts and feelings of others even if they are different from their own.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
We use assemblies to explore and understand the similarities between religions. We have regular visits from the local vicar which include ‘Open the Book’ assemblies and also visit our local church several times throughout the year.
Our curriculum themes include learning about other faiths and we follow the Rotherham agreed syllabus for RE and use the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials to enhance PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) teaching.
A L Tyler