Preparing our Children for Life in Modern Britain
At St. Peter’s CE Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern multicultural Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC, and Philosophy lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace concepts of, Mutual Respect, Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, Democracy, The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty, with pride and we continuously encourage them to demonstrate a good understanding of the application of these to their own lives.
Through our curriculum, we ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, through for example, local community events and church events, class charity work, sporting events, a range of visits to and visitors from places of cultural and educational interests in and around London. Our school’s embedded values-based ethos gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Our Ethos Values are promoted and celebrated in everything we do each term:
Our pupils also develop key Learning Skills which empower them to do their very best and achieve high standards in class:
- Challenging (one self)
|Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs||Respect is our whole school value for the beginning of the school year, around which pivots much of the work of the school. Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment.
We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, philosophy, and SMSC curriculum and it is explicitly referred to in all that we do as a culturally diverse school.
|Records of Philosophy lessons /circle time Sessions / Collective Worship/RE lessons. Staff ethos modelling respect for other faiths and beliefs.
RE curriculum RE planning and workbooks/displays in hall, classes and corridors.
Learning Walks for behaviour and School Values as well as observing Learning Skills during lessons.
|Children can articulate why respect is important; how they show respect to others and how they feel about it for themselves.
Children’s outstanding behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action.
Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions.
Our faith Team – adults and children are made up of pupils and staff/governors who have differing beliefs/religions
|The children at St. Peter’s Primary see democracy borne out in a whole variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of successful collaboration.
Democracy is a school value that children meet when discussing respect and trust and peace.
|The strongly embedded system of establishing a new School Council each year models the democratic process and all pupils and staff are involved with real ballots and manifestoes and visits from local counsellors.
||Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking, active listening and respecting the views of others.
Children in from reception and year 1 to KS2 are able to use the language of respect.
Children in upper KS2 are particularly able to apply the concept of Democracy as they study Latin and develop an understanding of this concept as classical ideology.
|Our Values based discussions and acts of worship begin with discussion about the self, e.g. self –respect and self-worth in so that children see that they are important in their own right. The philosophy of our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence based views.
Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves and this is also one of our school Learning Skills.
|Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves:
||Children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school.
They are consulted on many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action; during class time, through annual questionnaires and during termly Pupil voice assemblies and with the Pupil Faith team and School Council
|Rule of Law||The children at St. Peter’s’ Primary are familiar with this concept through the philosophy that infuses the entire work of the school. They are familiar with the concept through the discussion of values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles.
Children are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application.
|Class Rules School Rules/Learning Behaviours School Values PSHE/Philosophy lessons on the role of law and parliament School Council meetings Collective Worship.
RE planning and work books.
Learning Walks for behaviour and behaviour for learning
Children are familiar with the local police who visit to talk to them informally and the Civil Law Courts for Year 6.
|Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by these. (our School House Point System shows a high % of good behaviour awarded each week and term)
They are able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in relation to these.