British Values at Hartford Primary School
At Hartford Primary School we value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and are developing a curriculum that undertakes a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.
We take opportunities to promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
- Tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and cultures
- Mutual respect
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
This approach is enriching for all children as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our wider community and the world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which are designed to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
Our Student Council promotes the democratic processes with our members being voted for by the children in their class. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
The children are given responsibilities such as Eco warriors, Safety Officers, The Charity Committee and helping to run Oasis at lunchtimes. Some of the older children are Playground Buddies supporting the younger children at playtime, leading games and activities and help promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
Year 1 to Year 5 has the opportunity to learn French with Year 6 learning German. Alongside learning the different languages, children learn about different celebrations and life in Europe. Year 4 and Year 5 write to pen pals from Hartford’s twin town Mornant, Département du Rhône, France. (Mornant is about 25km south-west of Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes region of South-Eastern France). We also have the opportunity to have visitors from Mornant who come and speak to the children in school.
In Year 6, pupils undertake a topic about Fair Trade, United Nations Human Rights Act, human geography, settlements and land use -distribution of natural resources.
Year 5 learn about Ancient Greece democracy and how their ideas still influence other democratic nations today. In Year 4 children compare and contrast life in the UK with a European and a South American country. Year 3 learn about British history, from the Stone Age and Iron Age to the Roman Empire and the impact it had on life in Britain.In Key Stage 1 the Year 2 the children learn about the achievements of explorers throughout history, comparing and contrasting Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart and Helen Sharman. Year 1 learn about Guy Fawkes, focusing on London. They also learn about the local area in their Victorian topic.
Each year, as a whole school we take part in Remembrance Day where children purchase poppies and a 2 minute silence is held throughout the school as a mark of respect. In 2014, to commemorate the centenary of WW1, we held a WW1 day where both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 learnt about the war and the impact it had on people’s lives, both soldiers and their families. Key Stage 2 also took part in a national school assembly which was streamed live from The Tower of London.
On a more general level, the school undertakes assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school day.
Recently, to further promote the idea of British Values throughout the school we held a British Values day. Here are some photographs of the beautiful work we produced:
SRE - please see the attached lesson plans, if you have any questions please talk to your child's teacher.