During a special assembly the children wrote an acrostic poem about what school means to them.
C Care and kindness
H Hardworking and helpful
O Our school is responsible
O Our school is respectful
L Learn new things and listen
Fundamental British Values
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and 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 British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are part of our whole school ethos and vision. They are reinforced and developed regularly in the following ways:
All children in Church Aston Infant School have been given the book ‘We Are All Born Free’ which represents the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures for children and has been funded by Amnesty International. Each week in an assembly one of the human rights is discussed in detail with the whole school and children are asked to reflect on what it means for them.
Represented by Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.”
Democracy is central to the life within the school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Pupil questionnaires and interviews. The curriculum promotes opportunities for learning about democracy in a number of different contexts. Our school Behaviour Policy involves rewards and consequences which the children fully support and understand. Children are encouraged to approach the Head teacher to share their views and opinions and this has led to changes within the school.
Children reading their school council speeches
Children vote for their school council candidate.
The Rule of Law:
Represented by Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.”
Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. At the start of the school year the children in each class decide the rules for their classroom, playground and school. Visits from authorities such as the Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. During sporting activities and group activities, the importance of rules and laws is reinforced to enable children to work together effectively and safely.