In addition to our Christian Values, which underpin all we do, we also look at what it means to live in Britain today and what values are important for a harmonious society.
Our British Values are:
- Right and Wrong
- The Rule of Law
This year we are also focusing on resilience with the emphasis on preparing children for citizens of the future. We will be helping children learn strategies to deal with things when they don’t work out as planned. Through our playground work we will be exploring resilience in friendships and in play. Through Collective Worship we will be exploring what the Bible teaches us about resilience and how by being resilient, we are able to be more positive and optimistic in life.
We teach the values through assemblies, class trips and visits, visiting speakers, making links in the curriculum (see our curriculum map) and stories (last year, Year Three were taught democracy through a lesson on being a citizen in Athenian society), in school elections, community projects.
Last year we began a campaigned with local councillors to help reduce pollution around our school, we will be developing this further this year through poster campaigns, raising funds for a living wall, campaigning to pedestrianise Riding House Street. Previously we have successful campaigned for additional zebra crossings. There are now four within the vicinity of the schoolThrough SMSC we also teach about the importance of justice and democracy. Through our School Council and our Collective Worship Council we actively demonstrate the importance of democracy through the right to be heard and through election processes. We also support this work through working with local councillors and the wider community.
This year we also have School Ambassadors. School Ambassadors are selected after being interviewed by the Chair of Governors. They will work closely with the Headteacher, PTA and School Governors to promote and represent the school.
The following speakers have addressed pupils in Key Stage Two in the past year:
- Local Councillors
- Councillors responsible for road safety and the local environment
- Police Officers (including the Borough Commander for Westminster)
- Writers such as Catlin Moran promoting gender equality
- Sports Ambassadors and Olympians
We hope to have many more this year.
We will be holding our British Values week in Spring Term 1 in 2018.