When we think about being British there are many themes and words which are associated with it such as; fish and chips, democracy, afternoon tea, weather, NHS, Sunday roast and politeness.
At St Peters, we recognise that if our children are going to grow into active citizens then they need to understand the core British values of;
Every child at St Peters has the opportunity to explore and talk about these values and think about what they mean to us. We teach our children the importance of living by these values and playing their role as active citizens in a modern Britain.
Here are a few examples of how our learning in school, promotes British Values.
The importance of having a voice or opinion been heard and the ability to make choices in a democratic manner, are consistently reinforced at St Peters.
Our “5 Golden Rules” help us to learn, care and achieve at St Peters. Both children and adults at St Peters, follow these rules every day, so that it is a safe and enjoyable place to learn. In addition, at the beginning of every school year, the children are involved in the creation of their own class rules, choosing and voting for those that they feel are important and fair for all to adopt.
School Council Elections
At the beginning of the year, two children from each class are democratically voted for by their peers, to represent them on the school council. Each school councillor takes their role seriously and each year there is a focus that these children work together on.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Peters.
Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
When the Head of State, our Queen reached her 90th birthday, St Peters celebrated her special day with a summer fair. The celebrations included live entertainment by the staff; face painting and party pampering; a popular photo booth, wet sponge stalls and lots more. Aaron Brompton and Summer Tessyman were crowned King and Queen of the fair.
Each year, the Year 6 children attend Crucial Crew, which is a multi-agency event supported by: the Fire Service, the Police, the Ambulance Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Victim Support, Drugs awareness, School Nurses and the National Trust. The aim is to raise awareness of safety issues that children may face, and the laws that are in place to protect us. Each agency leads interactive scenarios, where the children have the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience. For example, they learn about what to do in case of a fire, how to make an emergency call and perform basic first aid as well as learning about the consequences when laws are broken.
Children at St Peters are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment in which to do so.
It is important that children understand that they have rights and how to exercise them safely. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children and this learning is supported through our programme of PSHE lessons throughout the school.
Themed Days and Weeks
At St Peters, we regularly hold themed weeks or days such as Anti-bullying week, Safer Internet Day and Diversity week. Although these values are consistently taught, the themed weeks are opportunities to focus learning and develop children’s understanding of informed choices.
We are very fortunate that there are a variety of clubs that children can choose to attend. These are run both during lunchtime and after school and include sports, arts and crafts, board games and homework clubs. Even the school council are running a chess club this year.
Mutual respect is a very important value. Children at St Peters school understand the importance of respect; both for themselves and for others.
Through a variety of trips and visitors, children at St Peters school are developing their knowledge and understanding of different faiths. This enables all children to be more respectful and tolerant of the beliefs and actions of others, which are different to their own.
We have strong links with both St Peters and St Paul’s church and at the end of every term the children share their learning with parents and the local community at celebration services, such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Every term children meet in their family groups, to work together on a shared goal. Each family group comprises of children from EYFS to Year 6. These sessions allow children to guide and support each other.
Makaton Friendly School
Every week, the Makaton ambassadors meet to learn how to support spoken language through the use of symbols and signs. These children share this learning with each class, so that during lessons signs can be used to support new vocabulary and in collective worship, they are used to greet each other and accompany hymns. This ensures that everyone in our school community feels valued and included.
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