Through our provision of SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development), we promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our school curriculum includes how democracy and the law work in Britain. The local magistrates hold a workshop for all year 6 pupils giving them an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
Our school ensures that all children have a voice that is listened to. Last year, year 6 interviewed children to find out what they thought about school dinners. They reported their findings to Senior management and the school chef, who changed his menu to suit the tastes of the school children. This is an example that shows that the children can influence decisions that affect the school.
In September, all classes make a class agreement. It is a democratic process, because everyone gives their views. The best suggestions are then voted for and signed as the class agreement. Yr 6s interviewed children from each class to find out the impact of these class agreements. All the children knew what their class rules were; they said that it was a good thing to have a class agreement, because the children know how to behave.
Here at Southmead Primary School, our curriculum aims to prepare children for the experiences, opportunities, and responsibilities of life in an ever changing Modern Britain. Through this curriculum, we promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs.
In light of specific events in 2020 and those that have happened since, we wish to give families support that they may need. Three weeks in June 2020 saw portrayals of violence, which led to protests and marches advocating an end to racial inequality. Many children may have questions about the images and conversations they hear on the news, on social media and around them. We wish to encourage a positive and open discussion about race and racism. The following link provides a place for families to start talking about racial equality.