We believe that Values should be at the heart of all we do and have a set of 6 Core Values that we teach the children about and expect children to work towards showing all of the time. We focus our learning on one Value each term. Children are praised for demonstrating the Value, and at the end of each term, 2 children are selected from each class to be our "Value Heroes" as they have demonstrated the Value consistently throughout the term. These children are given a special badge and their photo is displayed on our Values Tree for all to see. We encourage families to get involved with discussing our school Values and exploring its meaning at home.
Our 6 values are -
Fundamental (British) Values
Teaching about Fundamental British Values:
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
The government set out its definition of Fundamental (British) Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these Values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
At Raunds Park Infant School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to children's and parents' voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear, demonstrating that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
The rule of law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our rules and expectations: that rules are there to protect us; that everyone has a responsibility ;and that there are consequences when rules are not followed or expectations are not met.
Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy is based on "Respect". The children are taught about everyone's rights and responsibilities.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We aim to enhance children's understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to learn about cultures through specific units of work and by taking part in multi-cultural events. The broader a child's experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to Britain's diverse society. We would love to have even more visitors from members of the community with varying faiths and beliefs - please get in touch if you would like to meet our children.
We have recently begun subscribing to Picture News. Each week Picture News pose a question and in class we discuss this. The issues link to relevant news items and to fundamental British values. We have been amazed by our young children's ability to discuss and debate quite complex issues and to relate these to their own experiences. We share the topic each week on Twitter and display the poster in school so parents can join in the debate at home!