Promoting British Values
In 2011, the government defined British Values as:
democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
We promote these values through our mission statement, school vision, curriculum and enrichment activities which supports our commitment to developing the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Our commitment to promoting British values is constantly evolving and changing as a reflection of the children within our school.
Outlined below is how we promote each value at Heather Ridge Infant School:
Throughout the curriculum we demonstrate democracy in action, for example through our elected school council. Children vote for school council members and their preferences in relation to new school initiatives. This knowledge of voting is then applied throughout the curriculum.
At Heather Ridge, all staff members encourage the children to share their views, value one another’s ideas and question ideas through enquiry lead learning. This is supported through our speaking and listening sessions, circle time and learning tools where collaboration, communication, sharing and turn taking is taught and applied in a range of contexts.
Other ways that we promote democracy:
- Year Two learn about Castles and as part of this topic the children learn about the different ways of ruling both in the past and present.
- We celebrate National events such as the Queen’s birthday and hold an annual RWB (Red, White and Blue) day in support of the armed forces
The Rule of Law
Children at Heather Ridge are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to be aware of the behaviour and feelings of others. At the beginning of every year, each class creates a class charter where all members of the class contribute to identify their rights and responsibilities. This is supported by the sharing of the whole school values we all follow during assemblies.
We have high expectations of pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy. Children are rewarded for excellent behaviour through the awarding of bronze, silver and gold cards linked to our ‘Good to be green’ behaviour scheme. The children can also receive a ‘Golden ticket’ for consistently outstanding behaviour. The Head Teacher also rewards children with a postcard sent home. Our children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it is difficult.
Other ways that we promote the rule of law:
- Visits the school from firefighters and police to talk to the children about their role in society.
- The NSPCC held an assembly with the whole school to discuss our rights and how to keep safe.
Through our values assemblies, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. We provide opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities. Children are offered the opportunity to develop their own interests through access to weekly clubs such as Rocksteady, Cheerleading and Freestyle dance, Gymnastics and football. We also have art enrichment time weekly where the children learn about different artists and different mediums.
Children at Heather Ridge are integral to the learning process; identifying their strengths and weaknesses, identifying next steps and setting targets. Year R children initiate their own learning and pursue their own interests through continuous provision. Through the curriculum, the children are encouraged to be independent learners and have a range of strategies to support them in independent learning.
Other ways that we promote individual liberty:
- Children are offered choices in their learning across the curriculum in order for them to take personal responsibility for negotiating their next steps.
- Children are encouraged to share their opinions and ideas through the curriculum but also through questionnaires, for example our annual Heather Ridge Pupil Questionnaire.
- Through assemblies and the computing curriculum and wherever possible outside agencies, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including e-safety.
- Children can ask for help whenever they require it and are encouraged to ask their peers as well.
- All children in KS1 are given roles and responsibilities which are changed weekly allowing them to explore independence within this role.
- Head Teacher awards are given for showing our school values.
- Throughout the year there are many opportunities to perform in front of an audience. The children love showcasing their talents!
- Year Two create an amazing leavers performance every July and it is a fantastic opportunity to see how much our children have grown in confidence.
- At the end of Year 2 we host an Oscar’s night where teachers and parents join together to celebrate each individual child’s successes. Such an amazing night of celebrations!
- Learners actively share their progress within a lesson. This quickly shows a teacher where a child is in their learning and also reveals if the child needs additional support or a challenge.
- We enjoy our privileges and are incredibly fortunate to enjoy some fantastic trips to enhance our learning. Each year group visits different places. We visit places like Milestones Museum, Bird world, Winchester Planetarium, Leeds Castle and Bocketts Farm to name a few.
Our school learning tools promote collaboration, communication and negotiation, all essential to supporting children’s respectful interactions to their peers and grown-ups. Through our PSHE curriculum, children explore how they are similar and different to their peers and are encouraged to develop tolerant behaviours, for example, respecting different views to their own and sharing with others. Respectful relationships are further encouraged during Buddy Reading time. Every Friday afternoon, KS1 children work together during buddy reading time, where collaboration between Year R, Year One and Year Two is encouraged and facilitated by the class teachers.
Friendship is promoted during planned friendship weeks. The children are supported with this at playtimes through our use of ‘Playground pals’. Mutual Respect and friendship is further explored through our anti-bullying learning. All year groups explore an anti-bullying unit of learning every year to further develop understanding about the importance of respectful and trusting relationships and friendships.
Other ways that we promote mutual respect:
· Celebration is a key part of our school ethos. The children are encouraged to support and celebrate the achievement of others during events such as sports day, celebration assembly, awarding of certificates and celebrating successes outside of school.
· Children who are struggling with friendships can spend time with the school ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), who will help to facilitate discussions with groups of children, look at solutions and how to resolve issues. The ELSA will regularly check in with the children to ensure things are running smoothly.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Heather Ridge is an inclusive school that values and promotes individuals and what makes each person special and unique. We have established and effective links within the Heatherside community and the children learn about belonging and their own culture. The cultures and beliefs of all our children, no matter what their cultural background of beliefs or no beliefs, are explored and celebrated during curriculum time. KS1 children participate in weekly lessons, which focuses on learning about different cultures, celebrations and philosophies.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Surrey County agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship, festivals and celebrations. Visits are made by religious leaders (Reverend) and children have the opportunity to talk about different places of worship. Throughout the curriculum and assemblies, the children mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Chinese New Year, Passover and Hanukah.
Other ways that we promote tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
- As part of Geography learning, children learn about different people, places and cultures.
- Staff promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes through their selection of a wide range of resources and stories.
- We enjoy sharing traditional lunches at special times in the year and particularly love sharing Christmas dinner with the teachers.
- We support charities and fundraise together. For years Heather Ridge has supported Children of the dump. Children of the Dump provides education, family support and loving care to deprived children living in extreme poverty on the Payatas rubbish dump in Manila in the Philippines. In the Summer term 2018 Mercy came to visit the school and see what our school is like.
Some of the other charities we have supported and run school events for:
· Children in need, Operation Christmas Child, NSPCC, Red nose day and Sports relief.