Dungworth Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6HE
Small school, Big ambitions
The DfE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Bradfield Dungworth Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Each class votes for their school council representatives. Pupils prepare speeches and run campaigns and pupils then participate in a secret ballot. They are given projects to find out about how other pupils feel about our school. They meet with special visitors or governors to talk about out school.
Involvement in recruitment
Pupils meet with prospective candidates and give feedback to senior staff following lesson observations about their experiences of the lesson
Visits from politicians and local Councillors
Nick Clegg visited the school in March 2015. Pupils prepared questions they wished to ask him in the lead up to the General Election on a wide range of topics of interest to them. He spent nearly two hours at the school. A pupil from the local secondary school who had recently been elected as a member of the Yorkshire youth parliament spoke to the older pupils in Y4 to 6 about his role and about the role of politics and the different parties in the lead up to the general election. He has since returned to canvas opinions from the Y6s as to the most important topics they would like discussed at the Youth parliament.
Principles explored in History and Geography lessons and in Assemblies
Y2/Y3 learn about the beginnings of democracy as part of their topic on Ancient Greece. Relevant links are made as part of the assembly programme e.g. The signing of the Magna Carta, The story of Guy Fawkes in 2014-15
All pupils know and understand the school ‘Golden Rules’ which are displayed throughout school. Everyone within the school use these rules to promote mutual respect, the importance of rules and the rights of other children to learn, feel safe and enjoy their time at school. These are reinforced every week in celebration assembly when ‘The Keeper of the Golden Rules’ trophy is presented to a pupil from each class and their achievements explained to the school.
We have a staged system that gives pupils chances to make choices about their behaviour but gives clear consequences for their actions. We teach children the reasons behind rules so that they understand why rules/lawsare to benefit us all.
Visits and presentations from police/ fire service/ lifeguards / magistrates
We have regular visits from the police and fire service as part of our curriculum programme including a visit from the fire engine in Reception/Y1 and an input into e safety sessions with Y6. During 2014-15 we had a presentation from the RNLI with regard to safety by water and a visit from the Guide Dogs for the Blind is planned for 2015-16. Y6 attend Crucial Crew every year which is a personal safety educational programme delivered to all Y6s in South Yorkshire in conjunction with South Yorkshire Fire and rescue and in partnership with local authorities, First Buses, her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS), NHS Trusts and the Safe@Last Charity. This gives pupils an opportunity to experience a variety of different scenarios covering arson, hoax calls, road safety, travel safety, Internet safety and antisocial behaviour.
Personal, Social, Health Education
Discussions on the rationale for school rules and for national laws and the consequences when these are broken take place regularly in class in response to any incidents within school or in a national or international context.
Our pupils are encouraged to make choices about their learning, their behaviour, clubs and activities they take part in, how the school is organised through their class discussions and school council, surveys on which after school clubs they enjoy, their preferences on school meals, voting for school councils, using “agree/disagree” cards in discussions and through class debates
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these freedoms.
Children are encouraged to respect other people’s opinions. We develop speaking and listening skills through a range of opportunities, from learning partners in lessons to cooperative learning structures used in lessons. Ourchildren feel safe to talk about what they think and feel. We want our children to be tolerant of other people’s ideas and beliefs but also make their own decision.
Our pupils take on roles in the school. They choose to apply for jobs in school and fill out an application form. Children are at liberty to choose which jobs they apply for. Children then take responsibility for doing their jobs well and contributing to the school community.
Pupils are involved in a wide variety of sports events within school, with other local schools and across the city. In 2014-15 this included competitions in bench ball, ultimate Frisbee, multiskills, orienteering and athletics. The Y4/5 girls’ cricket team has reached the city finals for Kwik cricket for the past 2 years. Opponents and coaches comment on the respect and encouragement pupils show during these competitions. The school holds a very well attended traditional Sports day which is well attended by all parents and culminates in ‘The Dungworth Dash’ a long distance run around the local park in which all children take part and all are cheered home.
The school supports a wide range of charities during the school year both at home and abroad. In 2014-15 this included £515 for Comic Relief which was organised on an enterprise basis – pupils chose which stalls and games they wished to run and provided all the equipment and prizes. This year pupils have already raised £575 for Project Paddington, sending teddy bears with messages to refugees from Syria, sent £208 to an orphanage in Malawi, dressed up as superheroes to raise money for scientific research into Ataxia to support a pupil in school who suffers from this condition and brought in 208kg of food to send to a foodbank in inner city Sheffield as part of Harvest Festival.
The school has recently hosted Dungworth Heritage Group who met fortnightly within the school as part of a project to discover the hidden stories of the inhabitants of Bradfield and Dungworth in World War One. Members of the community came to share their memories. Pupils researched the history of their houses and their ancestors in WW1 and WW11. They worked with a community historian and produced a play telling the stories they had learnt which they performed to their parents and guests from the local community. Their work was displayed in the local village hall and at the local church. Pupils also created memorial plaques which they laid at the local church to commemorate those they had loved and lost and attended a service to launch the project.
The curriculum is carefully planned to give pupils a wide range of musical, artistic, and cultural experiences through themes and theme weeks. In 2014-15 theme weeks included:
Pupils are given opportunities to attend musical concerts, the theatre, museums and art galleries.
We follow the Sheffield Scheme for Religious Education and through this we learn to look for similarities and differences between religions, respect other people’s values and beliefs and enjoy learning about other people. Pupils have opportunities to visit places of worship including a mosque and a church.
Every opportunity is taken to make links within the curriculum to those of other faiths and cultures. Assemblies are carefully planned so that all different faiths are celebrated. Pupils’ knowledge of other countries is developed through this assembly programme, curriculum topics and theme weeks. Members of different faiths are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning and parents/visitors are invited into school.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudice and prejudiced based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. In November 2015, the British Red Cross is delivering a 3 week programme about migration and asylum seekers to Y6 pupils which will culminate in an assembly for all pupils. Carefully planned topics and carefully chosen quality texts cover prejudice in all its forms e.g ‘The Boy in the Girls bathroom, Bills new Frock, The story of Ann Frank, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Any racist, sexist or homophobic language is tackled and addressed immediately by all staff.