Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development & British Values
Our school expectation is that every member of our team conducts themselves with pride and is a role and ambassador of our 6 school values. Our learning of British Values is enhanced and developed through our Jigsaw curriculum (a programme of Personal, Social, Moral and Health education) alongside our RE curriculum and our close links to the St Peter’s Church. British Values are also interwoven into everything we do in our school community.
We believe that this implicit alongside explicit learning helps to deepen our children’s self-confidence, appreciation, empathy, respect and understanding of others; in all aspects of their lives now and for their futures.
Diversity is embraced in our community and our curriculum complements the ‘Fundamental British Values’ (as described by the Government as: Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance).
The British Values are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St Peter’s Primary we believe these values are fundamental human rights which we actively promote in conjunction with our own school expectations of respect, responsibility and readiness alongside our Christian Values. These values are integral to the education we believe every child is entitled to; it permeates all aspects of school life. Values are taught implicitly and explicitly at St Peter’s C of E Primary School.
Below are examples of the ways these are promoted within our School, both implicitly and explicitly.
In everything we do…
As a part of our daily school life, we have school and class rules, voting on class and school wide issues through our pupil voice, behaviour systems, certificates, stickers and whole school celebrations. In lessons we empower children to make careful choices, participate in paired work, group work, turn taking, sharing, tolerance, support, respect and empathy. These are all taught and modelled by all members of staff.
We encourage children to be role models for others and encourage them to actively demonstrate successful learning behaviours and attitudes at all times. In each class we have elected Pupil Voice representatives who explicitly role model this to other pupils and gather pupil voice feedback regularly to ensure that all feel valued and celebrated.
We promote roles and responsibilities in all classrooms through a vast array of ‘jobs’ to ensure that all pupils take responsibility for our school environment and those within it. We have a well-established “Junior Leaders” scheme that enables pupils to play an active role in the school, from Playground leaders to Reflection Leaders.
We have a clear behaviour policy which teaches boundaries, recognises pupils who fulfil expectations, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve. We believe in a resolution approach to issues and dilemmas, ensuring that all pupils are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and children have a clear understanding of why their behaviour was unexpected and how they could manage it differently in the future. Zones of regulation and Green and Red choices help pupils to better understand. We promote mutual respect at all times.
At St Peter’s C of E Primary pupils are actively encouraged to make choices where possible in learning and at play, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely.
Through our knowledge-rich curriculum, we ensure all objectives of the National Curriculum are covered, making links between subjects and units of work. Our engaging curriculum actively encourages our children to consider the past and aspire for the future, enabling pupils to develop an understanding of how people and events in the past and present have shaped the society we live in today and how they, as individuals, can impact the future of our local and global community.
Through our Jigsaw scheme of work and daily Collective Worship, pupils are encouraged to think carefully about the part they, and others, have to play in society.
Our Jigsaw curriculum spends time challenging stereotypes, reinforcing rules and responsibilities, promote individuality, respect and tolerance. Teaching and learning ensures pupils develop a secure understanding of the UK as a multicultural society; promoting tolerance and understanding of commonalities and uniqueness.
Our daily Collective Worship enables all of our children to explore key values through faith stories, real life examples and celebration of key religious and cultural events. Through exploring the experiences of inspirational individuals, pupils are able to relate the actions of others to their own lives and consider how they too can make a difference within society.
Our ultimate aim is to provide a rich, varied and thought provoking learning experience for all of our children so that by the time they leave us in Year 6, they are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to develop and grow into respectful, responsible and tolerant citizens who have a clear sense of what is right and wrong and are ready to become active members of society.