As a School that puts the rights of our children at the heart of everything, Street LanePrimary School promotes tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles through our purpose, values, motto and rules. These elements run through our curriculum and indeed all that we do.
We have ambassadors from each year group from Year 1 to Year 6 who form our school council. They are given responsibilities around the school and they hold termly meetings and sometimes feedback in school assemblies. We also have peer playground mentors apply for their posts and are given various daily responsibilities around the school. They express their views and plan their own activities for peers at playtime alongside supporting adults.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:
“ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain”
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.
Key Stage 1 study the lives of significant historical figures and key events in British history e.g. Bonfire night and the story of Guy Fawkes, as well as studying local history.
In Key Stage 2 British history is taught chronologically through Years 3 to Year 5, starting with a broader local study of our area. Periods then studied are The Stone Age to the Iron Age in Year 3, Roman Empire and its significant figures and their impact on Britain in Year 4, Anglo Saxons and Vikings in Year 5. In Year 6 they study an extended period including significant turning points in British History,
Each year we celebrate Remembrance Day commemorations where children purchase poppies and a two minutes silence is held. This year, 2014, being the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War we held a special Assembly. As a whole school, we have celebrated the World Cup with a whole school interest as well as an event in each class. We celebrated the Olympics, the Common Wealth Games and much more. In recent years, we celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George with special Assemblies and themed lessons. The Golden Jubilee was another high profile event celebrated by the school with a concert featuring music from each decade of the Queen’s reign. We aim to support charities e.g. Children in Need by running fundraising events days. We also have food bank collections at key times of the year.
We do a great deal of work through Assemblies on global issues and we highlight the contrast in the lives of children in other parts of the world to the lives of those children at Street Lane. Geography lessons also focus on this.
On a general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. We use a variety of materials including some UNICEF materials for school Assemblies. These values are also taught within formal RE and philosophy lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. We have recently started collapsed curriculum weeks each term for RE where the whole school engage on a planned theme and all work this week is taught through this. At the end of the week this leads to whole school displays and an assembly in which we share our learning with parents. Our RE curriculum will be continued to be planned directly from the new 2014 Derbyshire revised RE syllabus and is based on key faiths. This further embeds respect for others which is based on a deeper knowledge and understanding.
Our pupils are taught about keeping safe, both physically and in the broader sense of issues like e-safety. Pupils are offered training on a termly basis to ensure that personal safety remains high profile. We often have outside agencies in to support our work on this such as our local PCSO. Pupils feel safe at Street Lane and their parents believe that the school keeps their children safe. This is evident in all feedback including the parents’ questionnaire, the results which will soon be published on our website.
All staff are expected to represent our purpose, values, motto golden rules whatever their role within the school. Democracy is evident within our school. All stakeholders have a voice and pupils’ contributions are taken seriously by all adults.
We are very proud at Street Lane School as we feel our Street Lane Values are a true reflection of British Values. At Street Lane Primary School we make a difference by: developing positive relationships, developing self-belief, developing resilience, developing skills and knowledge so that we can become lifelong learners.