At Oak Hill CE Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain seriously . We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through our Christian Values-based philosophy which infuses the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons which provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Our children apply their strong-rooted values and understanding which gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is one of the most important areas of learning. At Oak Hill we ensure that pupils are given a voice to communicate. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things they believe are important. By valuing each voice and by listening and responding to that voice we support democracy and liberty.
Pupils ar Oak Hill are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say 'No' when appropriate. Some pupils will be able to learn to take responsibility for particular roles, such as School Council or House Captains. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in local community events and charitable events such as, Red Nose Day/Comic Relief and Children in Need.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern our classrooms and school, or the country are reinforced in everyday school life, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through collective worship. We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping them to make the right decisions and choices. We encourage children to take responsibility for the actions and the impact they might have on others and how actions do have consquences. This environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure and provides a positive learning environment.
We promote each pupil's inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities, settings and locations. Every member of the school community is valued and we treasure everyone's uniqueness. It is important to facilitate opportunities for Oak Hill to be part of their unique communities as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
British Values in Action
To experience British Values Key Stage 2 have created their own political parties. In groups they have to:
- Decided upon their own values as a group.
- Created learning resources for younger children to learn about British Values.
- Debated on subjects such as nuclear weapons and refugees.
- Made difficult budget decisions.
- Written speeches about what they want for the future of Britain.