British Values & Community Work (SMSC)
Promoting British Values through SMSC
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Sharp Lane, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised through classes. The council effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. Children have the opportunity to share their views with other pupil voice groups such as House Team Captains, Playground Ambassadors and Head Boy and Girl.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Sharp Lane by all adults in school. Pupils are taught about our 5 Sharp Lane Rules which link with our Characteristics of Learning.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws within specific subjects such as PSHE as well as within our learning journeys. Our children learn and understand that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Road Safety, Bike-ability and the Fire Service throughout the children’s time at Sharp Lane help reinforce this message.
At Sharp Lane, pupils 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 pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is further promoted by green Trackit points when children are heard and seen showing and being respectful towards one another.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. This year we are developing links with local churches, temples, mosques and synagogues so our children can visit and gain first hand experiences of these.
Equality of Opportunity
The Governors and staff of Sharp Lane Primary School are committed to the principle and practice of equality of opportunity. We have an inclusive ethos which means all staff, pupils and parents work together to ensure everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or social background can thrive. Pupils are taught to respect and celebrate difference and understand that everyone is of equal value.
As part of our work within the community, you may already be aware that as a school we support St George’s Crypt by collecting donations during the Harvest period. This year, Year Six have decided they would like to help further by raising money for the charity by holding a sweet tombola. The tombola will be held after school on Friday the 23rd November 2018 from 2pm until 2:30pm.
Our Harvest Festival Assembly - Thank you for your donations and thank you to our special guest, Verity, from St George's Crypt.
Our children celebrated EqualiTeas today by having a picnic and discussing equality. They discussed topic such as voting, democratic rights and equality in the UK. They joined people from all over the country to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote.
Happy St George's Day
Well done to Year 4 for leading two assemblies in front of the whole school celebrating St George's Day.
The whole school have had lots of fun learning about St George and the five British Values.
St George's Day
British Values Evidence and Impact
British Values Calendar of Events
As we approached the time of harvest, our school was thinking about sharing within our community. At Sharp Lane Primary School we organised a collection of food that we have distributed to the wider community to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The food contributions were sent to St George’s Crypt and Trinity Day Centre where it now will be distributed to those in need.
Thank you for donating food contributions for this event. The children had great fun preparing for our assembly to celebrate such a worth while cause.
Fuel For School
Some of the children at Sharp Lane Primary School, have been thinking of inventive ways in which we can not only use the leftover food from our Fuel 4 School market stall, but also promote the project as well as healthy eating. So far we have opened a pop up soup kitchen, smoothie bar and Easter cake sale, all of which have been a roaring success. We will be continuing to think of inventive ways to use the food and will be hosting many more pop up events in the up and coming weeks, so please keep your eyes peeled. All the recipes will be posted online, so you can come get your ingredients from our market stall and try them for yourself at home.
For more information regarding Fuel 4 School and the Real Junk Food project, please visit: http://fuelforschool.info/
1 cupful of mixed berries
Half a cup of yogurt
Handful of ice (optional)
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and puree until smooth.
Orange, apple ad pear juice smoothie
Cup full of orange juice
1 apple, chopped into pieces
1 pear, chopped into pieces
Handful of ice (optional)
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and puree until smooth.
British Values at Sharp Lane
Although in 2014-15 this is something which is developing in its significance for schools, it is not something new at Sharp Lane Primary. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) sessions. The values are integral to our long-standing visual ethos statements.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. This is in line with our Positive Behaviour Policy.
The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries, for example.
Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values. The first section is a general overview; the others are specific expectations set out by Ofsted.
Being part of Britain
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Sharp Lane. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest festival during the Autumn term, and what could be more British than a visiting pantomime in the new year! We also value and celebrate national events, a recent example being Le Grand Depart in 2014.
Furthermore, children learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:
Geographically: Our recent, ‘Where in the World’ topic ensures that throughout school, children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about Middleton, Leeds, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain.
Historically: British history is taught as part of the National Curriculum requirement. Children learn about an aspect life and how this has developed and changed over time. The actual topic depends on the interests of the children (and teacher!), but might include inventions and discoveries, or houses, or medicine.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Sharp Lane Primary. Democracy is central to how we operate.
An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has recruited staff and chosen our new school logo.
Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:
- children agree their Class Charter and the rights associated with these; all children contribute to the drawing up of the charter
- choosing charities to support over the year
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a hightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
Rules and laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Pupils 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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
- during Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- during other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about what learning challenge or activity
- choices about how they record their learning
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and SEAL lessons.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown toeveryone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or whatever. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we at Sharp Lane Primary enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
- through Religious Education, SEAL and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world, for example
- enjoying a depth of study during Themed Days/Weeks, where we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the word (whilst at other times we might consider groups or individuals who might be vulnerable in some way, such as those with mental health issues)
- through gaining an understanding of global schools, for example our partnership with a school in Sri Lanka and the exchange programme which occurred.
Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to
this value. At Sharp Lane Primary, such instances are extremely rare.