The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools. British values include:
At Cedars Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.
We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. Our inclusive curriculum provides excellent opportunities to deepen and strengthen understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
All children are involved in developing their own class rules and expectations of being good learners, based on the school’s aims and values. Whole school assemblies introduce themes to focus all children on understanding and embracing our values and aims. This developing values-based understanding from the minute they start school, provides children with the platform for embracing difference and striving for their own goals.
At Cedars, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our School Council, whose members are elected by their peers. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
Children are given responsibility to run assemblies and lead other children in celebrating achievements or running activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. Some of our older children are reading buddies and Playground buddies and office helpers: helping to promote our core values and high expectations of behaviour.
Our duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism through adherence to 'The Prevent Strategy' ensures that any dissent or opposition to these fundamental British Values is not tolerated at Cedars Primary School.
At Cedars Primary School, we recognise that social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is central to the education of all pupils and permeates the whole curriculum and ethos of the school. It is reflected in the behaviours of individuals and in their interactions and also in the provision of teaching, resources and learning environments.
Social development relates to the development of knowledge and understanding and the acquisition of skills in relating to others. This begins with family and friends and extends to the wider community beyond. Pupils are taught to respect each other and to appreciate each other’s similarities and differences. An awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live is also developed.
Moral development relates particularly to developing knowledge and understanding of right and wrong. Pupils learn to make choices in their behaviour through developing knowledge of boundaries and understanding of consequences. They learn by example and by practising through role-play, story and group activities.
Spiritual development is concerned with the exploration and development of feelings and emotions; personality, individuality and uniqueness; and knowledge and understanding of their own and different beliefs and cultures.
Cultural development is concerned with encountering the defining aspects of different cultures. Explorations of values, beliefs, customs, foods, artefacts and stories allow the pupils to make comparisons and develop knowledge of lifestyles and choices of others.
SMSC development is taught through and reflected in all areas of the curriculum and through all aspects of school life. Pupils are provided with the opportunities to gain in knowledge and understanding and to develop the skills they need to participate in the life of the diverse community in which they live. For example:
Where you can find SMSC in Cedars Primary School
A visit from The Peace Museum, Bradford.
Year fives had a brilliant time with energetic Jude from The Peace Museum. The objective of the workshop was to inspire pupils to think about peace and peace-making. During this workshop, pupils were encouraged to reflect on what peace means and how we can be peaceful citizens now and when we are older.
Pupils enjoyed discovering the stories of the past and through Jude's amazing approach, pupils were prompted to think about their own peacefulness, as well as the value of peaceful relationships with others in the community.
British Values are important to us as individuals and as a school.
6HP recorded a video on British Values.
Anti-Bullying Week - 6FE
Anti bullying week is to help make children and adults aware of the different types of bullying and their effects. The children have designed a poster in groups to analyse the importance of how bullying should STOP.
Here are the posters Class 6FE have designed using a lot of thought and using what they have learnt.
We then used these posters to brighten our corridor. They look amazing! What a brilliant way for the children to learn about bullying.
6FE Anti-Bullying Display
Displays are important as they give a lot of information to children and adults. As a result 6FE have been making recipes for a good friend which we also used in our Assembly.
This fantastic display is in the big hall. Please have a look.