British Values

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At Milton Mount Primary School we value diversity amongst our pupils and families, and celebrate this in our teaching and learning. We believe that equality should permeate all aspects of school life and the wider world, and it is the responsibility of us all. All children should be encouraged to achieve their full potential and aspire to do the best they can in all areas. Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. It is our belief that through engaging with the learning opportunities that we plan, our children will be encouraged in their journeys to becoming a valuable part of the local community and the wider world. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a part of the learning opportunities within our school to ensure that our pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.

 

Democracy: UNCRC Articles 2 and 12 

  • Our school offers a range of responsibilities that our pupils can be elected for, including School Council, Rocking Rights representatives, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, Playground Buddies, Young Interpreters and the Bike-It Crew. All are elected by their peers through the democratic process and report back to those who elected them! Our children are encouraged to recognise that volunteering for posts means that you have responsibilities, and that your actions have an impact on others.
  • Our behaviour policy, and the way in which we recognise and reward good behaviour, supports the children in making good choices, and raises their awareness of the consequences of individual and group actions.
  • Each class (apart from Early Years) creates their own Class Charter which all the children vote for. The Class Charter is displayed in each room to show what the children have agreed will be their code of conduct.

 

Mutual Respect: UNCRC Articles 2, 28 and 29

  • Following our Golden Rights teaches our pupils to respect other people and their needs. This is reinforced by the work we do during Circle Time (held weekly) and through the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum.
  • In our playgrounds and PE lessons we actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness that is supported consistently by adults and peers throughout the school. During competitive activities with their peers and other schools, our pupils are encouraged to behave in a fair and respectful manner.
  • In lessons and assemblies there is a high expectation set to respect and promote everyone’s right to learn and participate.
  • The children are paired with a “buddy class” with whom they share work and experiences – this also gives them the opportunity to respond and share with the work and lives of others.
  • All adults treat the pupils and each other with respect, and the children are expected to show good manners and behave in the same way.

 

uk[1].jpgThe Rule of Law: UNCRC Articles 2, 3 and 12

  • Our pupils have all contributed to the Golden Rights that govern the behaviour in our school. They have also contributed to the Playground Charter, and the Lunchtime Charter. Each class creates its own Class Charter annually.
  • When it is appropriate the children are involved with deciding the sanctions applied to those who do not adhere to the Golden Rights.
  • The children, their parents and the school sign a Home-School Agreement that outlines how we will behave in our working relationship.

 

Individual Liberty:

  • Each school day begins with 20 minutes of Planning/Study Time for all pupils. During this time the children are expected to make their own choices and manage their learning.  The children are expected to use this time wisely to move their learning on. The children are trusted to make good choices and to show personal responsibility for their actions. (UNCRC Articles 28 and 29)
  • The children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. (UNCRC Article 42)The children are advised how to exercise these safely – for example through E-safety. (UNCRC 36 AND 24)
  • Throughout their time at the school the children take part in Forest School Activities. These activities give them the opportunity and freedom to make choices and take risks that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
  • The children are taught to work well independently and often choose their own groupings or seating as they go about their work – we do not give the children set places to sit.
  • In science we encourage the children to choose a healthy lifestyle - to eat a balanced diet, limit unhealthy foods, to exercise and to get enough sleep.
  • The children are also taught about making choices about the wider world- that it is a choice to look after the world we live in and care for others – the Eco-squad and our work on recycling in school encourages the children to think about how we use our resources.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: UNCRC Articles 14 and 30

  • Assemblies are planned to inform pupils about the beliefs of a range of faiths. Stories from other cultures and celebrations from a variety of faiths are also included.
  • Visitors and speakers are invited into school to share with our children about their daily lives including their beliefs and cultures.
  • Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education teaching about a range of faiths, religions and cultures. This is underpinned by respect and tolerance regardless of our own beliefs or faiths.
  • We recognise the cultural backgrounds of pupils and encourage them to share faith and family stories to enrich the learning experience for all children, and to show the children that all backgrounds and cultures are valued and respected.
  • Children visit places of worship to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of other people within our wider community. The resources we use in school and our displays reflect a range of cultures and beliefs.
  • We feel that our pupils should be encouraged to make a useful contribution to life in modern Britain and to have an awareness of their responsibility as a Global citizen. As a Rights Respecting School this philosophy permeates all our teaching and learning.

Year 2 have been voting to name their new African Land Snails. This is an example of democracy in action. We will let you know the results, when they have been counted!

And their names are....Matilda, Frank and Penny!

These are some examples of children's work around the subject of British Values:-

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