At Delph Side, we promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to become successful members of society, fully prepared for life in Modern Britain.
To achieve this, we ensure that:
- Our children understand and respect the democratic process and how they can influence decision making.
- Our children are taught how to argue and defend a point of view and they understand the importance of team work.
We have elected School & Eco Councillors to allow our pupils a voice. Councillors meet regularly to discuss arising issues and think of fair solutions.
The Rule of the Law
- Our children are taught the difference between right and wrong. They learn that rules and laws are essential for ensuring their well-being and safety in school and in their local communities.
- We encourage children to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and to understand that their actions carry consequences.
- Each class has their own ‘Class Charter’ – the children are taught that these rules protect us and there must be consequences if they are broken.
All children are split into teams and they compete each week to collect the most gold coins. We celebrate our star pupils with our families during Gathering Assembly every Friday afternoon.
- We encourage our children to make choices and understand their rights and responsibilities.
- During lessons, teachers allow opportunities for children to choose how they would like to achieve a goal.
Mutual Respect & Tolerance
- We encourage and teach children to respect different faiths, feelings and values.
- During weekly RE lessons, we learn about Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. We spend time comparing and contrasting how the beliefs and values associated with each religion compare to our own beliefs and values.
In January 2018, we held ‘Faith Week’. Each day we welcomed a visitor from a different faith and they gave us a real insight into their own values and beliefs.
In November 2017, we marked Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating the theme ‘All Different, All Equal’.
An understanding of democracy, for example involvement in the SHARES Pupil Parliament, School Council, visit from the local MP and trip to the House of Commons, and an assembly on Scottish Independence.
We recently celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming our longest serving monarch with a special assembly where we found out facts, had a quiz then re-enacted the coronation listening to Zadock the Priest.
Connor was on the front page of the Observer newspaper showing he has British Values by showing solidarity for the people of Paris who were killed due to terrorism. In our assembly, we took the attacks as our theme and talked about how all the candles and flowers laid in Paris show strength and that when terrible things happen in our world we are stronger together.
Nursery celebrate Diwali
This week in Nursery we celebrated Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of light’. The children really enjoyed learning about how people from a different culture and religion celebrate. We looked at India on a map, listened to the story of Rama and Sita, made Diva lamps and tasted some Indian food for our snack.
Visit to a mosque and church in Preston
On Wednesday 4th November, Year 5 and 6 visited a mosque and St Stephen's church in Preston. We had a fantastic day finding out about the similarities and differences between the two religions. The day enriched our R.E. Learning for the term as both classes have been studying Islam and moving onto Christianity this half term. We listened to the Iman talking about his faith and how Muslim people worship and celebrate. He demonstrated how Muslim people cleanse themselves before worship and some of us had a go. In the church we had a guided tour and one of the members of the congregation spoke to us about her beliefs as a Christian. It has been fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop their understanding of ours and their British values.
At Delph Side we are always vigilant in preventing children being exposed to extremist views, especially by visitors to school.
(L.C.C. Prevent Education Group 01772 413 366)