British Values and SMSC
PREVENT Agenda - Promoting British Values
Moorlands Primary School
At Moorlands we are committed to ensuring each child understands the concept of being British. We promote values and attitudes that are essential to future citizens of our country.
This is done in many ways and we have endeavoured to identify some of the activities that take place under the following headings.
• Rule of Law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
• Knowing how to get help with – Learning- Problems
• Children’s views are important and should be listened to.
• Bullies will not be tolerated.
• Children should feel safe and know who to talk to if they have fears or problems.
• Being responsible for own behaviour
• Not being stereotypical and encouraging non gender specific play.
• Allowing and respecting children’s right NOT to attend assembly, watch TV etc. due to faith and belief.
• Wearing non-uniform on house days, class rewards and other celebration days
• Providing toys/games/activities for use by both genders.
• Understanding that liberty is precious- supporting our forces through Remembrance Day, recognising their work on our behalf and those in other countries
Tolerance of different faiths
• Celebrating different religions and festivals.
• Learning about belief and practice of different faith groups in RE lessons.
• Celebrating festivals through the year.
• Celebration of all faith festivals in assemblies.
• Allowing children to wear clothing due to religious reasons.
• Provide alternative activities for children unable to take part in certain sessions linked to religion
• Celebrating Festivals.
• Teaching various religions different stories.
• Ethnic dolls.
• Assembly calendar
• Visit to places of worship
• Local faith leaders leading informative assemblies
Rule of law
• School rules and sanctions.
• School council feed into some decision making e.g. rules for toys. Class council allows discussion.
• School and class charters in every room.
• Year 6 Sex education and the law.
• Community officer PC Kelly invited in to talk to classes.
• Listening to all sides when sorting out disputes.
• Knowing and agreeing right and wrong
• Cyber bullying education.
• PHSE lesson Years 5/6 looking at laws and why we have them.
• Behaviour book.
• Class charters.
• School rules.
• Knowing and agreeing right and wrong.
• School and class rules keep us safe.
• Playground procedures (turn-taking).
• Year 6 Captains and Vice Captains – Voting
• School council elections-1 person 1 vote-secret ballot-2 people representing the whole class.
• School council
• Visit to Westminster.
• Fair system to allocate places in clubs that are oversubscribed.
• Understanding of how organisations work- participation in school council. Participation in sporting events.
• Taking part in school council elections.
• Children identifying friendship groups for new classes.
• Elections with classes.
• Vote for things.
• Hearing every side of the story to resolve issues.
• Working within school teams and respecting points scored and tallied.
• Responding to pupil questionnaires.
• Non gender specific dressing up clothes in foundation unit.
• Assemblies- exploring shared values-promoting respect and tolerance of differences.
• Curriculum-acknowledging religious and cultural differences.
• Clear values in our school rules-discussed and understood.
• Discussions on differences/similarities in faith, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality.
• Acceptance and understanding of differing family circumstances.
• SEAL assemblies
• FS 1 explaining in simple language another’s challenging behaviour.
• Anti-bullying week.
• Reading partners across year groups.
• Being a team member. Sports tournaments.
• FS 1 Celebrating heritage and languages of children e.g. register in language relevant to children in class.
• Language of the term
• Children listening to peers when leading activities ie peer coaching.
• Uniform permits Sikh bangles turbans etc.
• Every child has a voice. Every child is valued and helped to integrate.
• Recognising and celebrating unique identity of countries and groups ie knowing about St. George and other patron saints of countries within the UK
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
At Moorlands, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.
We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.
The aims of our SMSC education programme are:
- to ensure pupils education at Moorlands Primary School is holistic rather than focused narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning.
- to provide pupils with a rounded education, including learning how to work and play together, understanding and respecting others points of view, respecting and applying rules and understanding why these exist.
- to prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives, and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
- to encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others lives, and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.