Promoting Fundamental British Values:
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
• rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through RE, Forest Schools and PSHE but consistently reinforced in all areas of our very broad and balanced curriculum. We also follow the Derbyshire PSHE curriculum which is taught each week in discrete lesson.
We also have Curriculum Enrichment lessons – please see attached timetable (which promote our diversity and British Values)
At Lea and Wessington Primary Schools we endeavour to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to enjoy, learn and achieve both in school and in life as a British Citizen. We try to enhance and enrich the curriculum and make it as broad and balanced as possible whilst continually teaching skills for life. These activities have a positive impact on both mental and physical health, which we feel is extremely important.
We promote fundamental British Values through our school values, vision, ethos, aims, the curriculum and through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We reinforce and promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths, cultures and beliefs. We prepare our children for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society.
British Values are a ‘golden thread’ which weave throughout the entire curriculum. This enables a cohesive and continuous learning experience for the children.
The lists below are the responses children gave when asked ‘What are the British Values and how are these taught in our school?’ This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but we hope it provides an insight into how the children understand and view their learning journey at Framework Federation and how it consistently encompasses ‘British Values’.
‘What are the British Values and how are these taught in school?’
The following list details the responses and ideas from the children of Framework Federation.
- Voting at lunch time for example, we voted for rice or chips. This influenced the dinner choices for the day. The majority of children chose chips!
- At after school club, we sometimes vote on whether to go outside or not.
- We vote as a group of friends on the playground, for example, to choose a game. This is the fairest way of choosing a game with our friends.
- We vote for the games we want to play in Forest Schools, for example, hide and seek or 40/40.
- When we interviewed teachers for a job, we got to vote on who we liked and we had to explain why.
- We vote to decide if we can go on the ‘Green’ or not at break time.
- We voted to elect our ‘Sport Leaders’ for this year.
- We voted to elect our ‘School Council’.
- In Enterprise Week we voted for our favourite chocolate bar as part of our market research.
- As a Christmas treat we voted for our choice of movie/film.
- We voted to decide the names of the chickens.
- During our World War Two topic we discussed the differences between a dictatorship and a democracy.
- During our Ancient Greece topic, we discussed how democracy started.
- One of the local Parish Councillors visited school to ask our opinions about the park. Parish Councillors have to be elected.
- Sometimes our teacher lets us vote on which lesson to do first, for example, English or Maths. We get to vote as a class.
- Sometimes we listen to music while we work and we get to vote on what we would like to listen to.
Rule of Law
- School have an anti-bullying policy and we know how to stop bullying.
- School rules.
- Class rules are displayed in each classroom. We get to decide on these as a class.
- Swimming safety rules – water safety. Our teacher and swimming coaches always explain the swimming rules and behaviour rules. We know these keep us safe in the water.
- Forest School rules are always explained at the start of a session when we sit round the fire. We know how to keep ourselves safe in the wood, round the fire and when we use tools.
- School rewards. We have a celebration assembly and we get stickers from Mrs Maycock.
- School rewards. We earn team points for doing things well.
- Playground rules, for example, in football. We vote if it is a free kick or not.
- School has a behaviour policy.
- Lea Green rules. When we go to Lea Green we always have fun but the rules are explained to keep us safe. We wear harnesses and safety helmets.
- Bonfire Night. We learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes and how to keep ourselves safe with fireworks and bonfires.
- Road Safety Week. We learnt how to cross the road safely and what clothes are best to wear in the dark.
- Bikeability. We learnt how to ride our bikes safely on the road.
- Rules to follow for fire safety/fire drills in school.
- Rules to follow for emergency lockdown in school.
- The Fire Service come into school to talk to us about fire safety.
- The local police from the Safer Neighbourhood Team visited school.
- Internet Safety Day and Mr Rowlatt’s computing lessons always cover how we can keep ourselves safe on the internet.
- Play Leaders. We follow the rules for the games we play. It means we have fun.
- When we go on school trips, we are always reminded of the rules and how to behave in groups, out in public.
Tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and cultures
- Black History Month. We always celebrate black history month. We learnt about different inspirational black people around the world.
- Black scientists. We researched the life of Lonnie Johnson and other black scientists.
- Black Artists. Alma Thomas. We created art in the style of Alma Thomas.
- Martin Luther King, Jr Day. We created a black and white silhouette picture of Martin Luther King after watching his famous speech in Washington.
- Rosa Parks. We discussed and learnt about how Rosa Parks inspired and changed history.
- Australia Day. History of Aboriginals and British colonisation. We discussed and acted out how the indigenous Aboriginal people would have felt when Captain Cook landed in Australia. We created some aboriginal artwork.
- Children in Need. We learnt about how the money raised goes to help children in different countries.
- Red Nose Day. We learnt how the money we raised as a school helps children in the UK and abroad. The School Council did an assembly. Some of the money raised means children in other countries can go to school.
- Chinese New Year. We did several activities on Chinese New Year. Stories, calendar, traditions associated with Chinese New Year.
- St Andrew’s Day. We got to speak to a kilt maker who lives in Edinburgh and she explained about the history of tartan. We learnt about some of the Scottish traditions on St Andrew’s Day.
- American history. We learnt about Native Americans.
- In RE, we learn about different religions and festivals.
- We created the Rama and Sita story of Diwali on Pivot Animator.
- When we were learning about the Anglo Saxons we researched the Gods and Goddesses they used to believe in and how over time they converted to Christianity.
- The Open Centre from Derby are visiting school next week. We will learn about different religions and religious festivals.
- We go to church for the Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter services. This teaches us about Christianity and what Christians believe.
- When Mr Lee, Mrs Batchford, Mr Rowlatt and Mrs Williams came back from their teacher trip to Tanzania they showed us photographs and videos of the school they visited. We compared life in our school to a school in Tanzania.
- When we did our Roman topic in history we learnt about the legacy of the Romans and how they influenced life in Britain. I can remember learning about Roman numerals.
- Mrs Hardwick teaches us French and German. We learn the language and learn about the culture.
- We celebrated Eiffel Tower Day and learnt about pointillism. We researched the history of the Eiffel Tower and created a painting using pointillism techniques.
- I can remember watching Newsround and then discussing George Floyd, racism and prejudice.
- MAST assemblies. Father Mark comes into school and leads assemblies.
- In Y4, I can remember ringing Miss Hill’s brother in Japan. He did some Japanese with us and showed us the view of Tokyo from his window.
- We went to visit a mosque and temple in Derby when we were in the infants. I can remember talking to the people and eating curry. It was very interesting.
- Our extended curriculum lessons teach us about different cultures. I can remember learning about cocoa/chocolate production for Fairtrade Fortnight and how Fairtrade supports farmers in other countries.
- We completed a topic on the ‘Islamic Empire’.
- We read ‘Holes’ in English. We discussed prejudice and racism.
- In PSHE and other lessons, we have learnt about inclusion, we celebrated diversity and our individual differences, we talked about building a community of respect and positive role models.
- In PSHE, we learnt about having a growth mind-set, exploring a new mind-set and how to respect other people’s ideas.
- We are always reminded about using good manners around school!
- World Smile Day – kindness. We ‘filled a cup of kindness’ and we had to celebrate how everyone is special and unique.
- Anti-bullying assembly. One Kind Word. The School Council delivered an assembly at Lea and Wessington about respect, kindness and doing the right thing.
- Sport tournaments at Highfields. Sportsmanship. We shake hands and tell people ‘well done’.
- Inter-House sport tournaments. Sportsmanship.
- Neuro-diversity week.
- School Council are planning an assembly on Autism Awareness week.
- Respect for the planet. Earth Hour, Recycling week, global warming and The Big Draw. We learnt about how our actions impact on the planet and local environment.
- Respect for the planet. Big Battery Hunt. The School Council organised and led an assembly on the ‘Big Battery Hunt’.
- Learning mentors. We are taught and encouraged to help each other in lessons as learning mentors.
- Remembrance day activities. We always show our respect by holding a 2-minute silence and Mr Rowlatt plays the Last Post.
- When we go to Church, we know how to show our respect and how to behave in church.
- We learnt about Epilepsy and how we can help someone if they have a seizure.
- We look after our classroom and keep it tidy.
- We had a gardening day last year. We worked as a team to tidy the school grounds. This shows respect for our school grounds.
- When we came to school during ‘lockdown’, we painted a huge rainbow for the NHS on a sheet. We hung the sheet outside school so everyone could see it. This showed that we were thanking the NHS for all their hard work.
- Ukraine day. We held a blue and yellow day to show the people of Ukraine we were thinking about them. We collected things at school so they could be sent over to Ukraine to help other people.
- We have lots of different lessons in school and we can follow our interests and strengths. We are taught about taking responsibility for our actions and learning, we know we are free to make decisions and choices and we are encouraged to be independent.
- We can express our individuality and creativity in things like art and DT lessons.
- Extra-curricular clubs. We can choose if we want to go to clubs after school. Drama club, Young Voices, Netball. This lets us develop our interests.
- We can choose if we want to have guitar, recorder, flute or piano lessons.
- Mindfulness lessons with Mrs Batchford encourage us to learn about ourselves.
- PSHE. We learn about our emotions and how we can manage them as we grow up.
- Freedom of expression in work – we can choose which tasks we do.
- We got to choose what flavour ice-cream we wanted as a treat.
- We learnt about keeping ourselves mentally healthy and how our choices can help us to be happy.
- We can express ourselves on non-uniform days as we get to choose our clothes for the day.
- We have ‘jobs’ to do in our classroom and school. This teaches us to be responsible.
- In school, we know we can express our own opinion but we also listen to others.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee
In 2002 East Midlands Today ran a competition for schools to write a song to mark the Golden Jubilee. Mr Rowlatt wrote a song; Fifty Years of Change, Lea Primary entered the competition and were voted the winners by viewers. Anne Davis visited the school to present us with a plaque.
In 2014 the song was updated for the Diamond Jubilee and the children were lucky enough to perform it for The Queen and Prince Philip when they visited John Smedley's in Lea Bridge. The song has been updated again for the Platinum Jubilee and our new generation of singers from Lea Primary School and Wessington Primary School are starting to learn it as part of their celebrations.
East Midlands Today are coming to film the children in KS2 (Y3-6 from both schools) singing our new Platinum Version on Wednesday 25th May. Lots of excited practice ahead!
Friday 27th May, our children will be celebrating our Queens Platinum Jubilee. The children may come to school dressed in red, white and blue. They will enjoy Jubilee activities in their classroom during the morning. At 2.30pm we are inviting parents and family members to join us for a Street Tea Party in the playground. If you able to donate a small item of food to share on the day, it would be greatly appreciated - crisps/cupcakes/mini sausages or anything similar. Following this the children will be presented with a commemorative pin badge by Friends of Wessington or Commemorative Coin by Lea Parish Council, who have very kindly purchased them for the children. The children will then perform their Platinum Jubilee Song: '70 Years of Change' Fingers crossed for the weather and a lovely day.
Y5/6 Bake Sale
We are super proud of our Y5/6 children who planned, organised, baked and sold cakes to raise money for Ukraine yesterday. They raised £106.60. An excellent achievement!
A Day for Ukraine - March 2022
Derby Open Centre
At Framework Federation, we feel it is very important to give our children as many opportunities as possible to learn about the world in which they live, including growing up in modern Britain and embracing its diversity. Tuesday 22nd, Tuesday 29th March & Tuesday 5th April we will be welcoming the Derby Open Centre into school, who will be teaching the children about different religious festivals and celebrations. .