British Values at Templars Primary School
Every child, every day, every chance.
At Templars Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
• Rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We recognise that these values are also upheld by other countries and cultures and are not exclusively British. However these are key elements of Britain’s culture, history and society which are important to promote and embed within all that we do.
The values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE) but we also teach the British Values by planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, and the way we run our school. There is an outline at the end of this document showing some of the specific ways that we teach British values.
The school also takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. At Templars Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is valued highly at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. The school rules that govern the conduct that we at Templars Primary School actively work and live by were decided upon following consolation with all the children.
These rules are available in each classroom and actively used by children and adults influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour as part of our behaviour policy. In addition some assemblies follow a current affairs programme, and a multi-cultural approach. Democracy is investigated in cross curricular work where appropriate. For example, the children learn about Ancient Greece and the rise of Democracy and its implications in Britain today is explored.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our behaviour codes are clear and children are given verbal warnings followed by a clearly structured warning system. Children are asked to identify which school rule they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Regular celebration events recognise and reward good behaviour. 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 are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. In Year 6 the children enjoy learning about Crime and Punishment. Part of this work includes examining the Rule of Law and how this applies to modern British Society.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extracurricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child–led learning, e.g. planning and delivering child led assemblies.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around the three school rights and our school rules. Anti-bullying assemblies and programmes on human rights teaching, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally our charity work with local and national charities all helps in teaching mutual respect as well as reinforcing our links with the local community. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Rules are highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates and as part of our agreed codes.
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 in our local community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying will be followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. All classes study major World faiths alongside Christianity each year. We encourage children to research and discover differences and similarities between us and our European neighbours in Geography lessons. Likewise we used opportunities such as the Olympics and Para-Olympics to study and learn about life and culture and faith in other countries.
EYFS: As part of our daily set up in Reception, children are taught the value of individual liberty through self-selecting their learning activities. Children are taught about the value of democracy through collaborative decision making, and they learn about inspiring people through listening to stories. In our Early Years classes the children look at their families and the different cultures that make up modern Britain. We also share our similarities and differences and celebrate key community festivals together.
Year 1: In Year 1 we will learn about the United Kingdom. The Children will learn to locate, name and identify characteristics of Great Britain. The children learn about key events and people from Britain’s past such as the Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale. Year 1 children begin to enjoy the experience of democracy through participation in the School council.
Year 2: In this year group we develop our geographical locational knowledge and learn how Britain relates to other parts of the world as well as focussing on our local area. The children research and find out about significant changes from the British past in areas such as transport. Remembrance Day is an important time when the children and staff take time to think about the sacrifices and bravery of those who serve their country.
Year 3: As the children move into the first year of Key Stage 2 they learn more about the British Isles. In addition to this the children also have the opportunity to visit the Black Country Museum where they discover the past and its influence on modern life. They children also discover how fragile the world is and find out about how to protect our environment. The pupils learn to show mutual respect for one another and work together on exciting activities such as cookery and investigating healthy eating.
Year 4: In year 4 the children learn respect for other cultures in historical explorations of other parts of the world including Ancient Egypt and the Vikings helping to understand how to recognise and respect the similarities and differences between different cultures. The children are taught about independence, teamwork and individual liberty on a two day residential trip. Pupils are able to enjoy the fantastic outdoor facilities at Templars Primary School, including our Forest School learning the value of making choices about their learning activities, as well as mutual respect for the natural world around them.
Year 5: The children develop their understanding of democracy by investigating Ancient Greece and the birth of democracy. In Literacy they will experience diversity by looking at stories set in different cultures, focussing on different narratives and poetry. The children will have the opportunity to write their own stories set in a different culture. In PE lessons in this year group the pupils learn about respect and following rules by learning to play a range of team games with their class teachers.
Year 6: Year 6 children are expected to have responsibilities within and round the school. They take an active part in the preparation of assemblies and Golden Scroll teas, have opportunities to be school leaders by becoming Head boy and girl, recycling leaders, play leaders and tour guides on Open Days. As part of their PSHE, children are taught to make the right choices surrounding use of the internet, drugs and alcohol. They learn about the rules that are in place in society to prevent misuse of these and learn how to keep safe. In History lessons they focus on significant changes in 20th century Britain exploring key influential people and how they affected society across Europe and the world. They investigate the British legal system through a study of British crime and punishment. This gives the children an opportunity to learn about the Justice System in different countries over time and study the rule of British Law including a visit the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham. The eldest children continue to build on the value of individual liberty making choices on their residential visit to London where they learn about our capital city. This trip promotes both independence and responsibility.