Promoting British Values at Camelford Primary School

At Camelford Primary School we provide opportunities to develop skills, attitudes and dispositions that will stand pupils in good stead for their future as young citizens. We promote fundamental British values for all children, and an inherent understanding of what it means to be British. The government set out their definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these were reinforced in 2014. 

At Camelford School we promote the British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is embedded throughout our curriculum. Furthermore, these values and appropriate behaviours are modelled by staff and regularly discussed with children during school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE. 

The British Values have been identified as:

  •          Democracy 
  •          The rule of law 
  •          Individual liberty 
  •          Mutual respect
  •          Tolerance to those with different faiths and beliefs 

Democracy

The ability to communicate is a vital skill and at Camelford Primary School we ensure that children are given a ‘voice’ to communicate; this may be using words, objects, pictures, eye pointing or body language and/or appropriate technology. Children will have many experiences that allow them to practise their democratic understanding.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Classroom and playground rules, bible stories supporting values, rewards and consequences and safety workshops with external visitors all reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons and bullying and safety workshops. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, sitting places, child-initiated activities or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs

Camelford Primary School is situated in an area, which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Collective Worship assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  

 

At Camelford Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views

Our school’s curriculum embraces being part of the British Isles, its geography, its history and its politics.  This document gives a brief overview of how being British is celebrated at Camelford Primary School through the curriculum it delivers and the wider democratic approach the school adopts towards ‘Pupil Voice’ through the school council.

Members of the School Council are democratically chosen in each class and represented by 2 members per class.  Their ideas and suggestions can inform school development.  Discussions about the importance of democracy in Britain also takes place in Key Stage 2. 

The school supports many charities throughout the year such as Children in Need, Comic Relief, Jeans for Genes as well as others.

Polzeath Class (ARB):

 

  • Harvest festival
  • Bonfire night
  • Diwali
  • St Piran’s Day
  • Cornish Feast Days
  • Christmas traditions
  • Chinese New Year
  • people who help us in the community
  • homes in UK past and present
  • games and toys past and present
  • school life past and present
  • accessing
  • finding facilities in my local community
  • months of the year & seasons
  • Cornish folk tales and stories of the seas in UK.

Year R:

 

  • Local area (where we live)
  • St. Piran’s Day
  • May Day,
  • Divali
  • Bonfire Night
  • Seasons
  • Multicultural Britain
  • Countries of the UK
  • Traditional British tales
  • Famous British people
  • British authors
  • Valuing diversity
  • Christmas traditions
  • Christianity
  • Judaism

Year 1:

 

  • Locational Knowledge: Countries of the UK/capital cities and seas
  • Weather and seasons of the UK
  • Local History – Lanhydrock House ?
  • Our location and where it fits in Britain ?
  • November 5th and The Gunpowder Plot ?
  • Kernewek ?- Cornish Language

Year 3:

 

  • British Authors ?
  • Countries of Britain, Countries of the UK, Our place in Britain ?
  • Counties and regions of Britain ?
  • Stone Age, Roman Britain, Tudor legacies ?
  • Multi-cultural Britain – Sikhism comparison to Christianity – Gudwaras and ?Churches ?

Year 4:

 

  • Multi-Cultural Britain –Sikhism comparison with Christianity ?
  • Cornish saints, customs and stories ?
  • Anglo Saxon and Viking legacies ?
  • UK and its place in Europe ?
  • PSHE – tolerance of others and living in a ‘fair’ society ?
  • Charities – how charitable works are important in our society and in some religions ?

Year 5:

 

 

  • Composition of Great Britain and parts of the Commonwealth ?
  • Trade and transports links to Europe ?
  • Ancient Greece – The origins of democracy ?
  • Olympics /Commonwealth Games – Team GB ?
  • Multicultural Britain - Similarities and differences between Christianity and ?Judaism ?
  • Comparing British and French traditions and customs

Year 6:

  • Victorian Britain and its legacy to modern Britain inc     Literature, Art and poetry ?
  • British trade links to The EU ?
  • Shakespeare - Macbeth ?
  • Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist/Great Expectations ?
  • Britain in World War 2 inc literature, poetry and Art ?
  • British fuels and reflections on economy ?
  • Remembrance Day ?
  • Multicultural Britain – the teachings of Islam ?
  • Kernewek ?
  • Saints Days : George, Andrew, David, Patrick and Piran ?
  • Christmas traditions