British Values Statement
At Pakefield Primary School we value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. Teachers endeavor to locate and use a range of resources to promote understanding of different faiths. We have found this approach to be enriching for all children as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our wider community and the world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
At Pakefield primary School, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
Children are given responsibility to run their own clubs and lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play leaders and help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
In Year 6, pupils undertake a topic about travel through the 18th Century with a focus on what was brought back from other countries to Britain. They study the United nations human rights act. In year 3, children learn about Canada, a commonwealth country.
In Year 2, there is a strong focus on the work of Grace Darling and how she contributed to safety at sea. In year 1, pupils learn about Guy Fawkes, focusing on London. They also learn about the patron saints of the countries of the British Isles.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country and focus on the Paralympics. There is a range of after school clubs and activities that children can take part in.
Each year, we take part in the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.
The centenary of the start of WW1 was marked by special topics being delivered in every year group and workshops from a local museum allowed children to develop their understanding and empathy of the life of a soldier in 1914. We had an artist in residence and a mural was created to be displayed in the school grounds as an act of remembrance.
As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation. We celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George. The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with a 'street party' event held in the playgrounds.
Our school centenary was an important event in our local community which saw past and present pupils gather together to celebrate and remember the significance of the school through changing times. The school was opened a year before WW1 and was used as a barracks during WW2 so helps us as a community to understand the timeline of events in our past. We celebrate the work of Michael Foreman who is a past pupil of the school.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school day.