British Values at SMAAA
At SMAAA British Values are promoted in much that we do. As all schools we meet the requirements set out in Section 78 of the education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral,social and cultural development of pupils, not least through our Collective Worship and Religious Education.All school members are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races, cultures with respect and tolerance.
Parent Spring 2016 British values Curriculum Booklet
Some examples of how we promote British Values are set out below and more detail can be found in the British Values Policy ( parent section of the website).
Being part of Britain
At SMAAA we value and celebrate the diverse heritage of all our children and families. We celebrate being British in a variety of ways including being involved in traditional celebrations throughout the year e.g. Remembrance Sunday and Harvest Festival. Children also learn about being part of Britain through different perspectives.
Our curriculum enables children to have an understanding of what Britain is by learning about:
- the captial cities, rivers and mountains,
- how “Great Britain” differs from “England” and the “United Kingdom.”
Through history children learn about aspects of life in history and how this has changed over time. For example World War II topics running alongside Poppy Day celebrations/ Florence Nightingale and how she assisted Bristish Soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured.
Year 2 visited the Liverpool Maritime Museum and learned the story of the Titanic.
We celebrated the 800 years of Magna Carta. King John came to school with his Barons.
We learned about other significant people in history who have influenced our freedm and democracy.
We used people art to make the words MAGNA CARTA.
Democracy is central to our work at SMAAA. Children, parents, staff and Governors have a variety of ways in which their voices can be heard.
For pupils the primary voice is through the School Council. Pupils are elected by their class and this process reflects our Bristish Electoral System. The School Council meets regularly with their agenda and take minutes of meetings. They share their findings and accomplishments with the Governors and headteacher each half-term.
Pupils also particiapte in pupil questionnaries and feedback forms. They are actively involved in suggesting how they can support others within and around the local and global community e.g. CAFOD, Nugent Care Society or Zoe’s place.
Rules and Laws
Rules and laws are important, whether they be those that govern our schoolor our country. These are referred to often, such as in Collective Worship and are reflecting on behaviour choices. Calsses discuss and agree class rules and these rules are reinforced regularily to ensure that all children can learn in a safe environment. Pupils are taught the values behind laws, that govern and protect us as well as consequences for breaking rules. Laws and values are reinforced through :
- visits from authorities such as police and fire services;
- within Religious Education lessons;
- during subject time e.g. sport (Change 4Life).
Freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about how they record their learning;
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
- during P.E. we develop our skills with others.
Year 5 have been learning about how to make good choices as they grow older with Barnardo’s.
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as online safety.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At SMAAA we promote and celebrate different backgrounds and beliefs from around our town, city and country. Mutual respect is at the heart of our aims and ethos- (seen in our Mission Statement displayed in all classrooms).
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource or a religious belief. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect, for example:
- through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of the world;
- our children visit Jewish buildings in Yr 3/4.