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British Values Statement
At Limes Primary School we strive to create opportunities for promoting British Values. They are embedded throughout our curriculum and interwoven in our class assemblies and Nurture provision.
Democracy – Develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process.
Democracy is at the heart of Limes Primary School’s aims and ethos. We are an inclusive primary school where everyone will be treated equally and given equality of opportunity regardless of gender, special needs, disability or race. Staff encourage students to know that their views count, to value each other’s views and to talk about their feelings.
Rule of Law - Develop an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individuals and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
Staff ensure that students understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences. Students learn to distinguish right from wrong through discussions and the modeling of positive behaviour and by the implementation of the ‘Limes Values’. Students who are observed putting these values into practice are celebrated in assemblies.
Students 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, Religious Education (during which rules from different faiths are considered). Other curriculum subjects where there is a need for respect and appreciation of different rules e.g. P.E.
Respect and Tolerance - Developing an acceptance that other people have different faiths or beliefs (or none) and that these should be accepted and tolerated and should not be subject to prejudice or discrimination.
Inclusion, mutual tolerance and respect are at the heart of Limes Primary School’s aims and ethos. This will be a welcoming, friendly, bright and lively, happy place where children feel secure and where good behaviour, self respect and respect for others is expected.
We believe that each person is respected and valued equally without regard to faith, heritage, race, ability or gender. Staff aim to enhance students understanding and respect for different cultures, faiths and beliefs through our curriculum, examples are –
- Creative Arts - by considering cultures from around the world through music, art and dance.
- Knowledge & Understanding of the World - through organising themed weeks where we celebrate and enjoy the differences between other countries and cultures.
- Literacy and ICT – where there are opportunities to explore cultures and traditions using a wide range of fiction, non-fiction texts and the internet.
- PSHE, Health and Wellbeing – where Circle Time is an important tool for promoting mutual tolerance and respect.
- RE where a range of beliefs are discussed and explored and a range of key festivals are celebrated throughout the year.
We also encourage involvement in Charity Events where pupils are made aware of the needs of people both in our own and other countries, supporting them through national fund raising events such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sports Relief.
At Limes Primary School we are dedicated to ensuring our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, preparing them for life in Modern Britain where, in an ever changing society they understand the importance of and are able to uphold the fundamental British Values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual tolerance and respect for others). These are central to every aspect of the children’s learning and allow us to talk about how we learn, foster excellent behaviour and give the children lifelong skills. Our students follow these values in every aspect of school life and have previously been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these values mean and how they are shown.
Individual Liberty - Develop an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold faiths and beliefs is protected by the law.
Staff support all students to develop positive self-esteem, self-awareness and self-confidence. Each student is supported to become as independent as possible through our enriching curriculum and enabling environment.
We recognise that students have various learning styles and provide opportunities for student led learning. We teach students ways they can make choices and give them strategies to communicate.
Teaching and learning will always be matched to the appropriate stage of children’s physical, mental, social, spiritual, moral and cultural development needs. Through Student Voice and Personal Learning Targets, students are encouraged to take ownership of ways they can improve their learning and progress, giving them a sense of personal and social responsibility.
At Limes Primary School we take Bullying very seriously. We always take part in anti-bullying week and make sure children have a clear understanding of what bullying is and who to go to if they feel like they are being bullied.
Bullying is at the forefront of our Nurture, PSHE and E-Safety curriculum. Within school, students 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 students to make choices confidently and safely. Our students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.