Teaching British Values
In June, 2014 Michael Gove set out plans for all schoolchildren to be taught ‘British values’. The then Education Secretary announced that from September 2014, England’s 20,000 primary and secondary schools would be required to actively promote tolerance, fairness, respect for other faiths, and the rule of law and democracy.
At Manorfield C of E Primary School we teach a values education based on Christian Values, all of which are linked to those listed above. We value the backgrounds of all our pupils and families and we undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for everyone as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. In following the new RE curriculum all pupils will learn in detail about key faiths and through this learning they will be taught to show respect for those faiths. Through History pupils are taught about significant periods in British History and are encouraged to identify these in chronological order.
In KS1, there is a strong focus on the work of famous British figures both past and present; these include Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes and Queen Victoria. The children really enjoy learning about people from the past and in particular those who have had an impact on the modern world and our community.
In Year 6 pupils learn about World War One and the impact that it had on the British Empire and thus on British society today. As part of the biography writing unit in Year 6 pupils study the family tree of the Royal family. Year 5 learn about the Anglo-Saxons and how they influence the Britain we live in today; from the names of Britains towns and cities to the cultures and religious beliefs many people have.
The school holds Poppy Day celebrations when a Remembrance Service is held in school.
In recent years, we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a special assembly and a visit to Leicester Cathedral for a number of children to meet the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge. The pupils of the school had the opportunity to learn in depth about the significance of World War 1 and Britain’s involvement during the Summer term 2014 and the ‘Manorfield Poppy’ Appeal.
There is also a School Council and a PE Council at Manorfield C of E Primary School. The roles and responsibilities of the councils are shared with all children. School Council members are elected, two from each class, whilst membership of the PE Council is through written application. The School Council meets weekly, following an agenda and taking minutes. Actions taken by the school council are carried out in a democratic manner. Additionally, as part of the R-Time work in PSHCE, students look at how to promote co-operation and tolerance through a variety of activities and discussions.