In November 2014 the government issued an advice document to schools about “Promoting fundamental British values” through the school SMSC curriculum. As a school we have been working on ensuring that this aspect of SMSC is weaved throughout our curriculum and is reflected in our pupils. The aim of this page is to give you some examples of how we are promoting British Values, so you can understand what it looks like within our school. If you look through our Twitter feed or join us on Pinterest, you can see further examples of SMSC within our school. Click here to see our three years of blogging in pictures and learn about what our whole school community get up to!
If you click here you can download a copy of the document or if you click the links below you can read our Head Teacher’s blogs, which give an insight into how SMSC is part of daily school life.
Below there is an outline of what the fundamental British values are and examples of how it is promoted through our SMSC curriculum.
Children within our school are taught about how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process. In May 2015 we held our own Unsworth Election to run alongside the general election. The children were able to experience what an election is all about and understand their role within it. Watch the film below to see this experience for yourself or scan the QR code to hear our candidates speeches.
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We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own blog and is able to genuinely influence change within the school. Council members for each year group are voted for by their class. Click here to find out and meet them or here to read their latest blog.
Our school governors have their own area of the website. Click here to find out more about what they do in school or to read their blog.
Children are taught about the importance of distinguishing right from wrong. In all their daily interactions and throughout every lesson, respect for the individual is reinforced and modelled by all staff. Across all year groups children experience a range of visits and hear from a range of different speakers, in order for them to develop a respect for their global community.
Year 1 held a charity afternoon to develop their learning about “thinking of others”. Click here to find out more.
Reception thought about Remembrance Day and created a whole school display to share their learning about why we remember and respect this important date each year. Click here to find out more.
Year 2 visit the Jewish Museum, which is a preserved Synagogue and are given a tour by one of the volunteers to learn about beliefs and practices.
- Year 2 went to visit the Jewish Museum in Manchester and saw lots of Jewish artefacts. Also, they learnt lots about what happens inside a real Synagogue.
- They were able to see the Torah scrolls in the Ark.
- Try on and handle a variety of different items.
- Try on and handle a variety of different items.
- The children were realy interested in what a Tallit was and tried some on.
- Upstairs the children were detectives and went on a hunt to find a range of clues to identify different artefacts.
- The children had a go at designing their own Kippah.
- They even put some on and learnt that they are worn to represent that God is above.
- The children acted out a Torah procession and learnt a short song in Hebrew!
Year 1 visit St George’s church to learn about baptism.
Through visits and visitors, our children develop an understanding of the world around them and experience this first hand.
Children learn that as an individual they are free to express themselves through art, dance, drama, music, sport etc. 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 and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our e-safety curriculum is celebrated during SID days.
- In Reception the children watched a cartoon about Smartie the Penguin who goes on the Internet.
- The children learnt that you do not always know who you are talking to online beacuse you can't see them. They made penguin masks to show how ieasy it is for someone to pretend.
- Reception now know not to give out their personal information.
- They designed their own posters to tell people about how to stay safe.
- In Year 2 the children had a class discussion about what the Internet is used for and the types of things they do online.
- They learnt about Sid the Superhero's top tips for staying safe!
- In groups they used large rolls of paper to create e-safety banners to tell people that they must keep their personal information private.
- Children can now say what information is classed as personal and should not be given out online.
- For their homework they created their own information posters to give tips for staying safe online by doing research.
- In Year 4 the children thought about Social Networking, using the Smartie the Penguin online storybook.
- They focused on what rules would need to be followed to stay safe.
- In Year 6 the children held a debate titled "Is the Internet good news or bad news for young people?" They focused on considering whose responsibility it is to make the Internet safe.
- In their homework journals the children wrote their own information fact sheets about making the Internet a safer place
- Children now know that everybody is responsible for making the Internet safer by carefully thinking about their own conduct online.
Through Sports Day children learn to be part of a team, celebrate the achievements of others and understand what it means to play fairly.
The Rule of Law
Children learn to appreciate that by living under the law, all individuals are protected and that the law is essential to keep the country running smoothly. Through assemblies and within all classrooms, children are taught about rules and how these create fairness for all. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
As a school we follow our “Golden Rules”, which underpin our school motto of “Together we build Understanding”. Each classroom has its own rule and behaviour display, which sets out the class charter and the systems that are in place for rewards and sanctions. Click here to download a copy of our school behaviour policy or here for our behaviour booklet.
Children are taught to appreciate the fact that we are all different and unique individuals. Children within our school understand that everyone has a voice and is entitled to share their opinions, ideas and beliefs. Our children are taught to recognise discrimination and understand the importance of their role in stopping it.
Our whole school enquiry about Christmas through the arts developed a sense of spirituality.
- Our staff took time to turn the hall into a church.
- We used candles to decorate the hall and create a spiritual experience for the children.
- Our hall became a church with pews for all of our children.
- The choral group opened our celebration and Miss Geelan came to conduct them.
- Mrs Ali kept our celebration running smoothly!
- Reception class shared their videos of the nativity of Jesus.
- Year1 performed their own version of a Christmas Hymn.
- They impressed us all with their percussion instruments as an accompaniment!
- Year 2 created a whole class painting of a nativity scene.
- All of the children painted a person or animal for the painting.
- The children also thought about what light in religious paintings symbolises. They then created a silhouette painting to reflect light and dark.
- Year 3 created illuminated texts about the nativity and took inspiration for their art from the stations of the cross.
- Here you can see how intircate their work is and the details they have put into their texts and paintings!
- Year 4 designed nativity boxes to show each part of the story. They used different famous paintings as inspiration.
- Year 5 looked at paintings of the Madonna and Child.
- They created their own image using clay and wrote an information text about it.
- Mr French taught the junior children Silent Night in German.
- Year 6 looked at the meaning behind stained glass windows.
- They designed their own to represent different aspects of the nativity.
- Each stained glass window was given a title by the children.
- Our special visitors from St Georges church said some prayers and gave a blessing.
- We invited parents and carers to view our work at the end of the day.
Through our Remembrance Garden, the children thought about World War One and the sacrifice made by so many. They created their own poppies and placed them in the garden.