British Values

'Believe, Achieve, Succeed' underpins the Vision Statement of Copley Junior School.

 At Copley Junior School we are committed to the academic, personal, social, moral and emotional development of all our pupils. Our school is a safe, caring, stimulating learning environment where the effort and achievement of every single child is celebrated and valued. In working closely with pupils, parents and the wider community our staffing team encourage children to develop into confident and compassionate young people with a strong sense of belonging. All pupils experience a relevant, vibrant and broad curriculum that supports and challenges them to reach their full potential. We aim to nurture motivated learners who have the self belief and independence to achieve excellence and succeed.

 

Copley Junior School Values and British Values

At Copley Junior School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.

We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance that through their provision of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education, “schools should:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.” (Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, November 2014)

To read our 'Promoting British Values' Policy, please click here.

 

Please find below our British Values Statement. This provides an overview of our coverage of British Values and the impact this has had.

 

 

The Prevent Strategy

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers e.g. drugs.

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

To read a parents' pamphlet about the Prevent strategy, please click here.

 

Examples of how we promote British Values at Copley Junior School

Each year children and all members of our school community have opportunity to buy a poppy and support the charity appeal for the British Legion. At 11am on the 11th November we observe the two minute silence as part of a whole school assembly.

Every child in school contributed to our Remembrance Day display by writing on a poppy. Children's poetry and writing also contributed to our display.

Our Year 6 pupils study what life was like during World War II during their creative learning project 'A Child's War'. The children have worked in pairs to create poetry on the theme of war and we have shared one of the poems below.

As part of their study of Ancient Greece our Year 3 children learn about the start of democracy in the early 500s BC.

Our annual Year 6 'Crucial Crew' visit enables our Year 6 pupils to work with South Yorkshire Police to learn more about the rule of law and the rights and responsibilities of people in society.

Our House Leaders have prepared PowerPoints to explain how British Values are taught at Copley Junior and they have enjoyed sharing these in our whole school assemblies.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday - We had a lovely day in school to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday. Children dressed smartly for a Garden Party and our kitchen team prepared a delicious picnic bag for each child.  Unfortunately the great British weather defeated our plan to have a street party picnic lunch outside, but it did not spoil the atmosphere inside the school hall! Thank you to the CSA who funded a commemorative coin for each child to mark this historic occasion. We had a huge number of creative designs for our competition to  design a birthday card for Her Majesty. Pictured below is one of our two winners, whose cards were posted to Buckingham Palace. We were delighted to receive a card and letter from Buckingham Palace thanking the children for their cards.

In our R.E. lessons we learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.

In Year 4, Harpinder visits every year to help us learn about the Sikh faith. In the gallery of photographs below, children learned about the 5Ks and what is special about a Sikh wedding.

Year 4 were warmly welcomed to the Sikh Gurdwara in Doncaster. Children learned so much from their visit and children were praised by the Sikh faith leaders for their interest and the huge amount of knowledge they already had. Mrs Robinson has certainly done an excellent job in teaching children about the key facts of the Sikh religion! Following our visit to the prayer hall, where the book of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib is kept, children enjoyed the 'Langar'. The community kitchen in a Gurdwara is where a free meal is served to all visitors. We learned the free meal is always vegetarian so it is suitable for all visitors. At Langar, all people eat a meal as equals.

The video clip below shows the Kirtan - the singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib.

Year 5 have been learning about the key beliefs of Islam and the impact these beliefs have on the life of a Muslim. We were delighted that Imam Omar was able to visit to help us learn more about the five pillars of Islam, the importance of the pilgrimage to Hajj and the key features of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr. We were very impressed with the children's thoughtful questions, so many thanks to Imam Omar.