Our British Values
At Kimpton Primary School we believe that we have a crucial role to play in actively promoting pupils acceptance of, and engagement with, fundamental British Values. In this way we are preparing them to play a full and active part in life in modern Britain.
We promote democracy through our Family Hub groups where children from Nursery to Year 6 meet weekly to discuss aspects of school life that affect them. The meetings are facilitated by Year 6 pupils who then feed back to the headteacher in a weekly cabinet meeting. For example, pupils recently voted to collect food for The Open Door charity for the homeless and the local Food Bank at our Harvest Festival and have helped to shape our lunchtime play strategy. Pupils also practise skills associated with democracy through learning debating skills in English, considering fundamental questions in Philosophy For Children and conducting surveys in Maths, Geography and History lessons.
We promote the rule of law through having a set of clearly understood and consistently applied behaviour principles that are regularly reinforced through assemblies. Each class uses these to create its own set of class rules that are agreed by all members of the class. We also work closely with the local police force. We welcome officers into school to talk to the children. We also send our oldest children to Crucial Crew, where they learn how to work with the police and other services to keep themselves safe and react appropriately in an emergency.
We promote ideas of individual liberty by emphasising the importance of choice in many aspects of school life. For example, pupils are encouraged to choose an appropriate level of challenge in many classroom learning activities. The recognition that behaviour is a personal choice is reinforced by all members of staff when praising good behaviour choices as well as when dealing with inappropriate behaviour choices. The importance of people taking responsibility for their actions is regularly reinforced in classroom activities and in assemblies.
We promote mutual respect through our core values of Care, Courtesy and Co-operation, values that are regularly referred to in assemblies and that we expect to see modelled throughout the school by adults as well as children. Through our family Hub Groups, we support children to build relationships with those in other parts of the school. Pupils learn together in whole school theme days and through class pairing, for example in reading sessions. Older pupils support the play of younger pupils through our play leader scheme and pupils are supported to play co-operatively at lunchtimes through our play strategy.
We promote positive attitudes to those with different faiths and beliefs through a comprehensive programme of Religious Education which encompasses the five main world faiths, recognising the similarities, celebrating differences and seeking to learn from each other as well as those faiths that are not represented in our school. Where possible, we visit places of worship or invite representatives of different faiths, including children, to share their beliefs. We also explore cultures other than our own through immersing pupils in book based topics set in diverse cultures in Britain and abroad and through culturally based whole school topics such as Exotic India or Amazing Africa.