SMSC & British Values

Our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the heart of the school’s work. Central to everything we do is around teaching pupils core values, which we share with staff, children and the wider community.

The Principles That Inform Our Values Based Curriculum

We encourage our children to show responsibility and honesty and ask them to admit when they have made mistakes and not to blame others. We expect them to volunteer, take charge of their learning and not rely on others.

We facilitate cooperation and teamwork and expect the pupils to help others to achieve a task, remind each other to follow rules, share resources and take turns.

Resilience is our next value and we ask pupils to embrace challenges and risks, go outside of their comfort zone for example (trying a new sport, participating in the school play, or striking up a conversation with a shy peer) and to ‘bounce back’ if they have made a mistake.

Showing respect to everyone is our next value and being courteous and good mannered to everyone (holding doors open for adults and other children.. “Can I help you carry those books?”). Children are taught the importance of taking care of equipment, listening to the opinions of others, make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and safe and treating others as they would want to be treated.

To demonstrate friendship our children show that they are trustworthy, honest and loyal, are generous, are supportive of others, pay compliments and have a positive outlook.

We expect everyone to show tolerance of difference and to empathise with the feelings of other people. They should try to understand the other person’s point of view and accept that people are different, demonstrating a curiosity about the traditions, religions and culture of other people and talking about differences respectfully Our pupils speak up when other children tease someone because they are different.

Each one of us, every day, in every way, seek to live by these Half Acre values, and to help others to do so too.

How Often Do We Teach Values?

Here at Half Acres Primary Academy, we follow a cycle which we have designed specifically to meet the needs of our pupils. As a whole school, we focus on a chosen value each half term. All pupils are initially taught the meaning of this value and discussions/lessons take place to enhance understanding. Books are displayed around each theme and staff choose stories to read with pupils at the end of the day.  During normal circumstances, assemblies based around the value are delivered regularly.

Throughout the half term, staff identify pupils who demonstrate or have a significant understanding of the new value, this is rewarded with a sticker and their name is placed on the values boards located in each classroom. Parents are sent a letter which informs them of the value and requests that they encourage and reward the same behaviours at home.

The Promotion of British Values

Promoting British values in schools ensures young people leave education prepared for life in modern Britain.

At Half Acres we ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of:-

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

To assist with the promotion of British Values we use ‘Picture News’. This encourages learning from the world around us!  It teaches children current affairs through the news by providing a pack full of teaching resources every week! Each week it chooses a current news story, provides an image, a thought-provoking question and a variety of teaching resources. One of the posters makes direct links to the British Values.

The resources are designed to provide opportunities for children to learn from our world and develop respect for other’s beliefs, feelings and faiths. They encourage exploration, discussion, challenge and inspire children to learn

Teachers use these resources to plan and deliver exciting and interesting lessons.