At North Wheatley C of E Primary School, we uphold British values. We value the backgrounds of all our pupils and families and we use a wide range of learning activities to celebrate these. This enriching approach, teaches tolerance and respect ensuring that young people understand the importance of respect and leave their education fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils at North Wheatley, enjoy learning through a wide range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. In the RE curriculum, all pupils learn about key faiths and through this learning, they are taught to show respect for different faiths. Through History, pupils are taught about significant periods in British History and are encouraged to identify these in chronological order. In English and PSHE, every opportunity is taken to develop understanding and knowledge of British values.
In KS1, there is a strong focus on the work of famous British figures both past and present; these include Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes and Queen Victoria. The children really enjoy learning about people from the past and in particular those who have had an impact on the modern world and our community.
In KS2 pupils learn about World War One and the impact that it had on the British Empire and thus on British society today. Year 5/6 learn about the Anglo-Saxons and how they influence the Britain we live in today; from the names of Britain’s towns and cities to the cultures and religious beliefs many people have. They have also learned about Ancient Greeks, the Elgin Marbles and the etymology of words used in the English language. Debates have taken place on the Elgin marbles, school uniform and other subjects. Through this, pupils have learned more about rule of law, individual liberty, making choices and respect for others.
In recent years, we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a special assembly. The pupils of the school had the opportunity to learn in depth about the significance of World War 1 and Britain’s involvement during the Summer term 2014.The school holds Remembrance Day celebrations when a Remembrance Service is held in school
Our active School Council meets regularly and through this, pupils learn from and about, democracy. The roles and responsibilities of the councils are shared with all children. School Council members are elected from each class. The School Council meets weekly, following an agenda and taking minutes. Actions taken by the school council are carried out in a democratic manner. Additionally, as part of our whole school circle time, pupils look at how to promote co-operation and tolerance through a variety of activities and discussions. They learn to respect the views and feelings of others and how to work effectively as a team. Our anti – bullying ethos supports our ethos of showing respect for others, celebrating our differences and finding positive solutions to any issues that may arise in life.