At Cuddington Croft Primary School we actively take opportunities to teach British values and feel this is embedded through our weekly assemblies and interwoven in our enriching curriculum.
We explore the 5 areas of British Values as part of our curriculum:
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council; the elections of the pupil council are based solely on pupil votes. Class rules are devised and agreed by every member of a class. Pupils are also given opportunities to put themselves forward for other responsibilities within the school. The children are also developed as leaders in different capacities. Please see our Pupil Leadership page.
The Importance of Laws:
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. Our value based 6C system teaches our children the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Fire Service and the police are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce this message.
Within school, children 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 confidently and safely. Our children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely. This is explored, for example, through our E-Safety curriculum and PSHE lessons. Throughout the academic year, our children are offered the opportunity to participate in numerous extra-curricular clubs, workshops and events which allow them to exercise their individual choice.
Part of our whole school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around the six core values of being Caring, Courageous, Cooperative, Calm, Creative and Committed. These are central to every aspect of the children’s learning and allow us to talk about how we learn, foster excellent behaviour and give the children lifelong skills. Our children follow these values in every aspect of school life and have previously been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these values mean and how they are shown. The whole school follows this values led education approach and parents are encouraged to reinforce the importance of the 6Cs at home.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
At Cuddington, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and, where possible, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within their classes and the whole school. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices are followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Our RE and PSHE curriculum have designated topic areas to focus on and celebrate similarities and differences in other faiths and beliefs. Assemblies, theme weeks and workshops offer our children enriched experiences to deepen their understanding, tolerance and knowledge of our culturally diverse society.
British values are central to our assemblies through the teaching of the 6Cs and through highlighting and commemorating key events past and present. These include Remembrance Day which teaches the children about the impact that the two World wars had on Britain and the role that Britain played. Children are also given the opportunity to purchase poppies and the whole school takes part in a minutes silence to show their respect for the thousands that lost their lives during these times. Please see attached our assembly timetable for the year.
In recent years we have celebrated key British events such as the Olympic Games, the Royal wedding, the Golden Jubilee and the birth of the Royal baby through special assemblies and themed lessons. Throughout the school year, the children learn about and support different charities and take part in events such as Christmas Jumper Day and Help the Homeless. We feel this is an integral part of the children understanding how they can be well-rounded citizens and help society.
British Values in the Curriculum:
British Values comes through our curriculum throughout the school. Please see the attached grids for more detail as to how this is done at Cuddington.