SMSC and British Values at Little Reddings Primary School
At Little Reddings Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum. A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
∙ The Rule of Law
∙ Individual Liberty
∙ Mutual Respect
∙ Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
To do this our children will develop;
∙ An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
∙ An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
∙ An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
∙ An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.
Here at Little Reddings we put children first. Our aim is to provide a happy experience for our children, where they are enthusiastic to attend, love their learning and are well cared for. We ensure that we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to develop the whole-child. We stimulate their interests so that curiosity and a love of learning can blossom. To ensure pupils’ education is holistic rather than focussed narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning
To provide pupils with a rounded education, including how to work and play together, understanding and respecting each other’s’ points of view, respecting and applying rules, and understanding why these exist. To prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives, and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
To encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others’ lives, and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.
Our School Aims
Our aims stand upon three fundamental principles;
∙ To provide every child with the life skills to become successful learners who reach their full potential.
∙ To provide a safe, supportive, stimulating and inclusive environment where every child is recognised, cared for, encouraged and valued. ∙ Little Reddings Primary School will actively ensure the involvement of the whole community, particularly families, who have a vital role in supporting their children’s education. This partnership will encourage healthy and positive attitudes motivating children to become life-long learners.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within the school and beyond. We can help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch cues or body language.
We have an active School Council and each class has the opportunity to make their own decisions.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to ideas or activities. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as, Red nose day, Marsden March and stand up to Cancer.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to them individually to meet their needs. Within school, pupils work with a range of people and interactions with others are always positively promoted on a personalised basis for each individual. This may include working with students from other schools, coaches, theatre groups etc. The curriculum is personalised and planned for pupils and may include transitioning within the range of resources and places on the site and going into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools/colleges.
The staff work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Little Reddings Primary school are motivated, happy, and supported to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. We celebrate different cultures and each year we take part in a range of activities such as Black history Month, LGBT+ pride month, Diwali, Remberance Day, Chinese New Year and Christingle to develop the children’s appreciation of other people and faiths.
Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. We have 12 school values throughout the year and every month these values are celebrated in an assembly outlining the value. Every year group has the value of the month up in their classroom and the children can write examples of the behaviour they are showing through the value.
SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at Little Reddings. This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC are considered in all subject areas.