British Values Statement
At Northgate Primary School we value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. We promote the Young Interpreters Scheme, training children to help each other in our wide and diverse collection of EAL families. Teachers endeavour to locate and use a range of resources to promote understanding of different faiths. We have found this approach to be enriching for all children as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our wider community and the world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
At Northgate Primary School, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
Children are given positions of responsibility appropriate to their age and developmental stage, they help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.
- Motivation and enthusiasm for their learning and a desire to do their best.
- Secure competency in the basic skills for learning.
- To begin to take responsibility for aspects of their own learning and gain in confidence and self-esteem.
- Respect for the feelings and property of others with appropriate behaviour and self-discipline.
- Effective skills and progress in relation to their prior attainment and future potential.
- Aspirations for the future in a nurturing, supportive environment where citizenship and its associated responsibilities are evident.
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
In Year 5, pupils undertake a topic about what it means to be British incorporating Democracy and the Rule of Law. They study Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism with a focus on current events and the media.
In Year 4 the residential visit develops children’s perseverance and self-esteem and is often the first time that the children have spent time away from home without their parents. Environmental issues are studied through working with Goldcrest Environmental education, using the school grounds as a base for a variety of eco-friendly projects. Year 4 ran an Election event in 2017 to coincide with the National General Election, we intend to encourage an event of this kind periodically to coincide with National events.
In Year 3 children learn about the Moon landings in the twentieth century. The topic of Ancient Greeks explores the legacy of this culture to our own democracy. Pilgrimage is explored through a study of Hinduism.
In Year 2 the focus is on Nelson, a local hero, The Great Fire of London as a historical event with National significance and events in World War Two which have shaped the world and the future. The children end their topic with a grand VE Day celebration staged as a Street Party with historically plausible food and entertainment.
Year 1 is a year that very much focuses on different aspects of Celebration, exploring significant events in world religions and in their own lives, enrichment opportunities include visits to local points of interest to foster their curiosity and enable them to see where they fit into society.
Reception children also look at celebrations, people who help us and important festivals globally, such as the Chinese New Year.
As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days shared in our local Cluster of schools. We have a wide range of after school clubs and activities that children can take part in.
Every Year children participate in a local schools show which is held at the Britannia Pier Theatre and is open to the whole community.
Annual Events such as Remembrance Day, Harvest Festival and Christmas are celebrated through special Assemblies and holding our Assembly at a local church.
As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation. We aim to celebrate National events and these have included Royal Weddings, births and commemorative events.
Every term the School council meet to decide on charitable events that can be held in school, these have included MacMillan Coffee Morning, Comic Relief, Sports Relief, Own Clothes days for local charities, Christmas Jumper Day and many more. This encourages children to think about reaching out to the community and making a contribution to those in need. Although we are a school in a recognised area of significant deprivation (4th most deprived seaside town in the UK, Sept 2017) our children and families demonstrate a very generous spirit and donations frequently amount to over £300 for these types of events.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school day. The PATHS scheme which is used in the lower school teaches the value of raising self-esteem and aspirations, dealing with positive and negative emotions and preparing the children for the future.
Our focus on a Nurturing environment fosters a place where children are treated with respect and all aspects of diversity are accepted and respected.