Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School recognises its duty to prepare its pupils for life in modern Britain - that living in a local, national and international community will require them to both understand and appreciate difference, whilst maintaining a shared sense of the structures that are needed to keep individuals and community safe. We celebrate and promote British values that encourage a happy and successful national community.
At Bunbury Primary School we base the way that we behave and treat others on Christian Values, celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), and teaching HeartSmart Actions and Learning Values. We recognise that these guiding principles are present in other faiths and respect them in all forms. British and Christian values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a values based approach to Worship, an abundant and inclusive curriculum and a positive behaviour policy which allows pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attributes that will allow them to contribute positively to life in Modern Britain.
Each week, Bunbury pupils focus on a big question, based on a current news story, which relates to one of the fundamental British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Bunbury Aldersey is working towards becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children will decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class. The Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Children have discussions and questionnaires with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Bunbury Aldersey is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Bunbury we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Please see below for how we embedd British Values within our school day....
Week Commencing: 6th September 2021
Focus Question: Can the Paralympics help us to become more inclusive of others?
News Story: Over the past two weeks the Paralympics have taken place in Tokyo, following the postponed 2020 Olympics. The event has featured athletes with disabilities competing in 539 events, across 22 different sports. Ahead of the games, ParalympicsGB launched a campaign to make disabled people Impossible to Ignore. The initiative was developed after research showed Paralympic athletes are key to challenging perceptions of disability in the UK.
British Value: Mutual Respect - We know that life is not always the same for everybody. The Paralympics is an event for people who have a disability to compete in sports and become champions!
Week Commencing: 6th September 2021
Focus Question: What’s happening in Afghanistan?
News Story: A military group called the Taliban has taken control of the capital city of Kabul in the South-Central Asian country of Afghanistan. The country has been caught in war and fighting for decades. The Taliban are a military group that have been fighting for power in the country. Lots of people are concerned about what this takeover by the Taliban could mean both for people in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world.