In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through Upperby Primary School values, our curriculum and a wide range of enrichment activities.
The Prevent Policy for Upperby Primary School can be found here.
In Primary Education we believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore the issue of diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and explore boundaries of what's acceptable will engender an open attitude to multi cultural and race issues. This resource is based on the principle that people should treat everyone with respect whatever their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability.
"The way we educate our young people shapes the society we live in. British schools have long been dedicated to encouraging students to think for themselves and to think about others, a blend of critical thinking and empathy that is the best inoculation against radicalism and extremism." Russell Hobby NAHT General secretary 06/11
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UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
Democracy is key to the children's understanding of others and their rights in society.
Each year the children in each class decide upon class rules and responsibilities to follow throughout school.
Two school council members are elected by the children in each of the junior classes and two year 2 students to represent the infants. The council meet regularly with Miss Wilson to discuss any proposals or agendas.
At Upperby Primary School, we are very aware of others who may not have as much as us and therefore we encourage children to come up with worthwhile charities that we can support, such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sport Relief, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Eden Valley Hospice and Comic Relief.
UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.
The importance of laws (whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country) are consistently reinforced as Upperby Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rule of the school. These are displayed in every classroom as part of a set of non-negotiable expectations.
The school follows a clear behaviour policy for rewards and sanctions. These are communicated clearly to our children in the classroom environment. Older children are given key responsibilities. They help enforce the rules of the school and look after the smaller children in the school.
Children in each class are given a variety of responsibilities and are encouraged to take care of their environment and to be independent. These responsibilities are chosen by the children at the start of the year.
The school also benefits from visits from the police, fire service and representatives from the rail network.
The Year 5/6 children are given opportunity to be taught safer cycling in the Spring term so they are given the skills so that they are able to cycle to school in the warmer months.
UN CRC Article 31: All Children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.
UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
At Upperby Primary School are encouraging to make choice and take risks, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
In Reception and Year 1, children are encouraged to be independent through the continuous provision areas. They learn through a play-based curriculum and the child's interests are at the heart of the curriculum. This strand of independence is then developed and nurtured throughout the school in our themed skills curriculum, where pupils have an individual voice in their development through choosing how they are going to learn.
Through the PSHCE curriculum children are educated about making informed choices, lifestyles and about their rights and responsibilities. Regular circle time gives children a chance to discuss issues as they arise and to reinforce the values of the school.
All children are able to make their own choice from the hot school dinners options. They collect their own dinner and tidy away for themselves.
year 6 are able to go a residential trip. This experience is massively beneficial in developing their independent skills needed for life.
UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.
Un CRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.
Mutual Respect is at the heart of Upperby Primary School. Our pupils learn respect for each other through the PSHCE curriculum and the daily ethos of the school which is 'You Can Do It'.
The playground is zoned during playtime to promote respect for children's different needs, i.e. quiet area, running area, sports area.
In Class, all children have talking partners and they all take part in peer reviews of each other's work. Children, when capable, identify what they have done well and then their next steps to improve.
Throughout the year we celebrate a range of values, agreed by the school community that help to develop respect for one another and develop the ethos of the school. These are introduced through whole school assemblies and PSHCE sessions. They are displayed in each classroom and in the main halls in the school.
UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practice their religions, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.
Upperby Primary School does not have a diverse ethnic population so we feel it is important to celebrate this through assemblies and the RE curriculum. We follow a broadly Christian religious education curriculum that represents the main religion of our school, however we recognise the main religious festivals throughout the year and provide opportunities for pupils to study the main religious faiths of our community.
Half-termly 'Messy Days' are held where there is a whole school focus on an aspect of Spiritual, Moral, Social or Cultural Education.
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