Central to our school’s ethos is the idea that each child should be prepared for living life in modern Britain.
This is achieved through embedding British Values (BV) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) throughout the curriculum.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is recognised as being of fundamental importance for the education of all children by Governors, staff and parents of our school. It is taught not only through all subjects, in particular Religious Education (R.E.) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PHSE), but also through the school ethos and collective worship.
It supports all areas of learning and can contribute to the child’s motivation to learn. It is recognised that such development will be most successful when the values and attitudes promoted by the staff provide a model of behaviour for the children.
The Kapow Primary curriculum, which King’s Meadow Academy follows, provides opportunities for pupils to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, as well as develop their understanding and respect for the fundamental British values. These are taught in the Wellbeing unit.
This helps our children to understand some key values and identify that many of the same values are important for people regardless of background, culture, faith or beliefs.
At King’s Meadow Academy we recognise the importance of our role in developing children’s awareness and acceptance of others. We also recognise that some of their existing knowledge or beliefs in regards to the nine protected characteristics need challenging. We do this by educating them in an age appropriate way, showing children that regardless of background they share many similarities and that everyone can be both successful and achieve
We continually review the needs of our children, our community, as well as current global issues, so that we can plan careful learning opportunities and experiences that will prepare our children with values for life.
Throughout all subjects’ children are taught to challenge stereotypes and are educated to value and respect differences; including those reflected within the nine protected characteristics. With this in mind, texts, story books and significant people as understudies (across all subjects), are carefully chosen to provide our children with opportunities for discussion in order for them to learn and appreciate that differences are not a barrier to relationships, achievement or success.
What are British Values?
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Being Part of Britain
As a school we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs throughout the year; including, harvest festival, Remembrance Day, May Day, Easter services and Christmas celebrations! We also value and celebrate national, charity and sporting events.
Learning about being part of Britain is also part of our school curriculum and is taught in Early Years as they learn to understand the world they live in and through both Geography and History at Key Stage 1 and 2.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.
Obvious example are our school council and Waterton Parliament. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates explain why they would like the role, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative and pupils vote in secret. This process is also used to elect roles for the Waterton Parliament.
Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:
- Children are involved in our school vision and values
- Children are regularly asked their opinions by different subject leaders and SLT to further improve subjects and areas within the school.
- Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
The Rule of Law.
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. The school has a set of school rules which children learn and follow from Reception. Rewards and sanctions are consistent throughout the school to encourage children to follow these rules.
Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken.
These values are reinforced in different ways, including:
- Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service.
- During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about.
- During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules (in a sports lesson, for example).
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- Choices about what learning challenge or activity.
- Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
- Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety lessons.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or whatever. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
This is also enhanced:
- Through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures
- In English through fiction
- In Art, Music and Cooking by considering culture from other parts of the world.
Children gather daily, either as a class, a key stage or the whole school. These times include carefully planned assemblies to deliver the key British Values themes or themes based on the social and emotional aspects of learning, assemblies to promote religious holidays or times to sing or reflect as a group. Our school week closes with a whole school assembly to celebrate the learning and achievements within our school.