As an important part of our integrated approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural education at St Mary Redcliffe Primary, we promote children’s understanding of British values by embedding them across the school curriculum so that they permeate children’s learning as well as influence the values and ethos of the school.
It is our aim to ensure that children at St Mary Redcliffe Primary School understand and actively participate in democracy, understand the difference between right and wrong, understand the rule of law, know their own personal rights and responsibilities and are mutually respectful and tolerant to those with different faiths and beliefs. At St Mary Redcliffe we offer pupils a diverse curriculum which encourages pupils to reflect on their role in society in the following ways:
English: Many books studied will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. Lessons look at how these themes are presented and how characters embody these values. Poetry, songs and languages from other cultures are also examined. Lessons explore the meaning of concepts such as liberty, democracy and tolerance.
Religious education: Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths. We actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures.
History and geography: Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as both World Wars. In geography, pupils look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.
Assemblies: Each week, whole school, class and phase assemblies are held which explore our value of the term, an issue topical in the news or pertinent to each class and many of them directly support the promotion and understanding of British values.
PSHE: The children at St Mary Redcliffe all follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme in which the 5 values are embedded into the puzzle pieces.
Enrichment: Opportunities are provided for children to learn and understand more about the society in which they live through educational visits and from visitors coming to school. This includes a range of professionals such as police officers, local MPs and religious leaders.