We are a Church of England School and our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do and believe in. Children are immersed in a set of values for life and are the best ambassadors at showing our values in action.
At Hormead First School, we also uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). Whole school worship assemblies are based around a value each half term and explored through a range of different experiences such as Bible stories, stories from other cultures and 'I wonder' questions. We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
At Hormead First School, British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Every new school year, members of the School Council are elected through class votes. The children on the School Council have worked together to run whole school initiatives, for example raising awareness and fundraising for the bush fires in Australia. They have also worked together and agreed our 'Playtime behaviour rules' which is actively used by children and adults influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We focus on, through our curriculum and day to day interaction, embedding and promoting our British Values, which are reflected in our own school values:
Be READY - We show we are ready to learn and on time for learning.
Be SAFE - We walk and play sensibly. We report a problem to the teacher.
Be RESPECTFUL - We show our manners. We listen and always tell the truth.
Be TRUTHFUL - We are honest and always tell the truth.
Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce the importance of laws and rules.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. choosing the level of challenge in Maths, choosing activities in independent learning time and becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning e.g planning and delivery assemblies.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around our 7 core Christian values: Love, Aspiration, Cooperation, Kindness, Courage, Resilience and Peace. These values determine how we live our lives as a community at Hormead CofE First School. Assemblies are based on our values and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at school. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen on classroom value trees, letters, displays, posters and as part of our agreed codes.
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 in our local community which is by largely white British. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We celebrate 'European Day of Languages' as a whole school, encouraging children to research and discover differences and similarities between us and our European neighbours. Likewise, we use world wide opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in our countries.