Preparing the children of Weeth for life in modern Britain
At Weeth Community Primary School we ensure that through our school vision, rules and code of conduct, curriculum and formal and informal teaching we promote tolerance, understanding and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles as we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance,
“Ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain”
We promote through our Curriculum ‘British values’. The values of:
- democracy (through our school council up to understanding Britain as a democratic country)
- the rule of law (from class and school rules, to our place in the community, to British law)
- individual liberty (promoting rights and responsibility in all we do, standing up to bullying)
- mutual respect (Belonging - learning to understand each other’s points of view)
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (from celebrating the diversity of our community to looking at modern Britain, our place in Europe and the wider world)
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these, such as our ‘Around the World Days’. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. KS2 has formed a link with another school in London that also celebrates the diversity of its school community and we learnt a lot from our new friends about life outside of Cornwall.
In recent years, we have celebrated the World Cup, the Olympics and the Golden Jubilee which was a huge event for the school, with a 'street party' event held on the school playground. Traditional children's party food was served to all. Each year we spend time thinking of those soldiers who lost their lives and fought to give us the lives we have today in democratic Britain. The whole school spends time within the curriculum learning about World War 1 and World War 2.
On a general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance and as a school we believe that these core values underpin all we do at Weeth CP School. These values are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. We use Discovery RE and adopt an enquiry - based to teaching and learning. Through a range of topic and Geography lessons we share with children what life is like in other countries other than our own.
We also raise money throughout the year for different charities to support people in the world who are less fortunate than us which helps us develop our sense of responsibility and compassion.
Democracy is evident within our school. The children vote for their House Captains and School Council representatives. The School Council are instrumental in the functioning of the school and assist in the appointment of new staff. The whole school work together to set behaviour targets for each half term and pupils work together as a family to support each other in making positive choices for our school community. We also have 'House Captains' from year 6 that lead their 'house' for the year, building within the school a sense of family and cohesion across the year groups.
We are very proud of our values at Weeth CP School as we believe they are a true reflection of British values and help prepare our children for their futures.within a modern British society.