At Dane Ghyll Primary School, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and children embrace them with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
The children at Dane Ghyll Primary see democracy borne out in a whole variety of ways and understand this as being an essential component of successful team working. Democracy is a school value that children meet when discussing respect and fairness.
The establishment of a new School Council each year models the democratic process. Year 6 pupils visit the Houses of Parliament during their residential trip to London to further their understanding of democracy and see democratic processes in action.
As a consequence, Dane Ghyll pupils are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others.
Children in KS2 in particular are able to use the language of respect.
The children at Dane Ghyll Primary are familiar with this concept through the philosophy that infuses the entire work of the school. This is achieved through the discussion of values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles. Children are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application.
Evidence for this lies in class and school rules, and school values in that pupils are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate that they understand and can abide by these rules. Pupils receive PSHE/Citizenship lessons on the role of law and parliament. This is reinforced for those in Key Stage 2 by visits from our local M.P.
Our values based discussions begin with discussion about the self, e.g. self–respect and self-worth in relation to the individual, so that children see that they are important in their own right. The philosophy of our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence based views.
Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.
Children understand the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school. They are consulted on many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action.
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