British Values/RSE and SMSC
British Values at Castlechurch
At Castlechurch we believe that British Values underpin what it is to be a good citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain, valuing our school community and celebrating the diversity of the wider community in the UK. These are part of our school values and share the vision of the Children First Learning Partnership. British Values are taught through our Personal Development in assemblies, visitors, PSHRE, RE and underpin our entire curriculum. Our aim is that through teaching, discussing and raising an awareness of a multicultural Britain, we as staff are role models and we can nurture positive young citizens. Our aim is that our children feel safe and valued. Their opinion matters and they have the voice to contribute to school life and the wider community.
The British Values are:
- Democracy– A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.
‘An understanding of how children as citizens can influence decision-making through a democratic process-voting!’
- Rule of Law– The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work.
‘An understanding that living under the rule of law protects our wellbeing and safety’
- Respect and Tolerance– Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others and not imposing our own onto others.
‘An understanding of we are all equal and the importance of identifying and stopping any discrimination’
‘An understanding that other people might have different faiths and beliefs (or having none-World View) This should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour’
- Individual Liberty– Protection of your rights and the right of others in school and the community-the understanding that we are all equal.
‘An understanding that I have the freedom to choose who I am and what I want to be and feel safe being me’
RSE (Relationship and sexuality education) at Castlechurch
The teaching of relationship and sexuality education (RSE) is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. Castlechurch teach this through our whole school assemblies, class assemblies and PSHRE teaching. Children know they can talk to trusted adults at school and we will treat all children with respect. We teach at an age appropriate level and plan our lessons sensitively in knowing our children very well. Any questions you may have regarding this teaching, please see your child's class teacher.
Castlechurch Primary School SMSC
At Castlechurch Primary School, it is our intention to provide pupils with a range of exciting learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, with the support of our local community, which enable them to develop the attitudes and skills necessary for them to grow into responsible, happy and valuable individuals and citizens.
Our broad and balanced curriculum provides for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning of our children and the extra-curricular activities we provide, extend and consolidate this learning.
SMSC is a feature of every aspect of school life at Castlechurch Primary School. It is promoted through a planned programme which includes PSHE, RE and everything we do. It is promoted through our assemblies which directly link into the weekly themes and through visitors and community enrichment activities that complement the work done in the curriculum.
At Castlechurch, our SMSC curriculum is enhanced through the use of religious and cultural festivals, awareness days and events, historical events, anniversaries and awareness months. We have pupil leadership groups which listen to the views of all children and promote their ideas and feelings throughout the whole school.
Our children leave Castlechurch proud of their successes and with increased self-discipline. They are able to make friends and can encourage and lead others. The foundations have been laid to ensure they are a responsible member of society, interested in the world around them and keen to make a positive contribution to society. They will be willing to share and reflect upon their own and others’ faiths and are able to work with others, regardless of gender, race or sexuality.
Our Outcomes for each child.
The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:
- ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and have a positive outlook on life
- knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- willingness to reflect on their experiences and share with others
The moral development of pupils is shown by their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and that we have a criminal law to keep us safe
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- Interest in everyone’s views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
The social development of pupils is shown by their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- Acceptance and engagement with British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.