The Department of Education states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At Summerfield School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is an essential part to school life. We believe that it is important that pupils are always listened to and taught how to be good listeners whilst respecting the right of every individual. Our School Councillors are elected solely through a campaign speech and student voting. The School Council and Year 5 have enjoyed online workshops learning about how MPs are elected too. Surveys are a regular part of school life for our children for example, class read, transport surveys and free choice activities.
“ Making things fair, “ Year 1 pupil.
The Rule of Law
Assemblies are used to reinforce the importance of law within school and the country. We develop understanding further in our PSHE, PE and History lessons. Support from local authorities such as the police and fire service help children to understand the importance of law. Year 5 had the opportunity to make their own law and see the journey you must go on whilst on a UK Parliament Workshop. Our restorative justice approach helps us to resolve conflicts during the day.
“It is good to learn the difference between good and bad in this world,” Year 4 pupil.
At Summerfield, children are encouraged to make choices and decisions whilst understanding that they are in a safe and secure environment. We provide children learning opportunities through PSHE and Computing lessons so that they are empowered to make choices safely. Our strong pastoral system allows children to grow in confidence, knowledge, and esteem to be their very best self.
Respect is one of our core values and we believe that everyone is different, unique and valued. We regularly share our own life experiences with the children and give them opportunities to do the same. Our uniqueness is celebrated at Summerfield and our pupils have been taught the power of knowledge and how they can respectfully ask and learn about each other. Celebration assembly on Fridays, provides an opportunity for our pupils to be celebrated whilst also learning to be respectful and good listeners.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Pupils are provided with many learning opportunities to enhance their understanding of different faiths and beliefs. This is carried out through assemblies, Religious Education, PSHE and welcoming visitors into our school. All year groups, enjoy themed learning which provides many opportunities to further understandings of different cultures. Across the year, we celebrate and learn about different specials days and festivals that are celebrated across the world.
“It is importance to not define anyone by colour, religion or anything that can leave anyone out,” Year 6 pupil.
On 11th November 2021 it was Remembrance Sunday. The children remembered our fallen heroes with a minutes silence and laying a poppy wreath outside the School.
This week, 1st November 2021, we have been learning about and celebrating UK Parliament Week. Across the school there have been many activities that children have had lots of fun participating in.
Our EYFS and KS1 children have been role playing how to vote and learning about democracy and fairness.
In Year 3 and 4, they have been learning about Parliament and can give some excellent descriptions about the different parts.
Year 5 and 6 have learnt about the role of debating in The House of Commons. They ended the week by debating ‘Is it necessary for children to receive homework?’ and ‘ should the school day shift to a later time?’. We will let you decide which they ended up voting for as the winners!
Year 5 Teams met with MP Ben Everitt. The children enjoyed asking Ben lots of questions and finding out about his job!