Promoting British Values
Saltmine Theatre Company came in to school in October 2017 to launch our British Values focus with a production of "In Their Shoes." We watched as the Spots and Stripes battled each other but eventually accepted and respected each others' differences. Each of the values was explained in an accessible way and all the children were presented with a bookmark to take home and share with their families.
Some children in Key Stage 2 were also fortunate enough to take part in workshops with the actors where they explore each value in greater depth. It was a wonderful day. Thank you to all the talented actors who helped us to understand the values in such an entertaining and memorable way.
In November, Miss Higginbotham took an assembly explaining the importance of British Values and agreeing that all of the children were different, but all equal.
We agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:
In Britain, adults vote to decide who makes a government. This means that the people make laws and rules. Because we have this DEMOCRACY, adults get a say and it makes it fair for everyone.
• The rule of law
In Great Britain we have laws which keep us safe, and police, who stop people from breaking those laws.
• Individual liberty
In Britain we can have our own opinions about things, and as long as we don’t break the law, we can live how we like.
• Mutual respect
In Britain we try to respect other people. We don’t have to agree with them, but we try to respect their thoughts and feelings.
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In Britain there are lots of different faiths and people believe in different things. We accept that people might have different beliefs to our own.
We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through every school in the country. At Oldswinford CE Primary, you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life. In particular our promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding.
Across the school, the British values have been discussed in many subject areas. Year one have been thinking about why it is important to take turns. Year two have discussed why we use PBUH when discussing Mohammed (PBUH). Year three have been doing lots of work on respecting others including the discussion; It is okay to break the rules – sometimes, always, never? Year Four have been thinking about why it is important to listen to everyone’s opinions before elections. We have enjoyed having a full speech from our candidates as well as a mini question time before voting for our representatives. Year Five asked each other- How can we show respect to other cultures whilst maintaining our own British Values? Year Six have considered why people come to live in Britain and how important diversity is to that.