How We Promote The Values of Our Community
at Holywell Green Primary School
Holywell Green Primary School provides a welcoming, happy and stimulating learning environment where there is a commitment to high standards. We strive to realise individual potential and develop respect for the community to which our children belong.
At Holywell Green Primary School our values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
In Key Stage 1 pupils are taught about similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods, how changes within living memory reveal changes in national life and about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally. They also learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements.
In Key Stage 2 British history is taught through a programme of topics. Periods of British history studied include The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Britain’s settlement by the Anglo Saxons and Scots, the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England and local history.
As a whole school, we have celebrated major events such as the Olympics and Para Olympics, the centenary of World War 1 and other days of national importance. Our school centenary this year has been a major event.
Our daily assemblies are very important to us, and it is here that we regularly uphold the traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE, Citizenship and RE lessons and, indeed, the values of respect, tolerance and empathy are fostered throughout all of our daily interactions: modelled by staff and nurtured in pupils.
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these.
We have a school council which develops ideas and thoughts from class councils. These meetings are attended by Governors on a regular basis.
Our School Council members are democratically elected annually and regular meetings follow a democratic decision making process.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind law enforcement, that they govern and protect us, and the responsibilities that these involve and the consequences that can occur when laws are broken.
Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Community Wardens help to reinforce this message. In Y6 pupils visit the local Magistrates Court to find out about the process of law.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, whether through choice of challenge, how they record their work, or their individual participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Assemblies regularly promote ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how it is shown.
When a child does something well their achievement is celebrated in a weekly ‘Celebration Assembly’, with parents and family invited. Part of our school ethos revolves around core values including respect and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional support is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We have visits from the local Vicar as well as various classes visiting the church.
We value first hand experiences and as a result we seek to build tolerance and respect of different faiths and beliefs through the study of a variety of faith buildings.
We use assemblies to explore and understand the similarities between religions. Curriculum topics include learning about and, most importantly, from other faiths and misconceptions between religions are addressed as well as prejudices that have been expressed by the community.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held. We follow the Calderdale and Kirklees Agreed syllabus for RE and use the SEAL materials to enhance PSHE teaching