At Delph Side, we promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to become successful members of society, fully prepared for life in Modern Britain.
At Delph Side, children are listened to and we teach them the importance of listening to and respecting the views of others. Pupils know that their voice is important; there are many occasions when they are asked to express their opinions. For example, children recently voted for the design of our new sports kit. We hold mock elections to select new School Councillors and the Council meet regularly to air their opinions and ideas. This helps our pupils to understand the democratic process and how they can influence decision making. Throughout the curriculum, children are taught how to argue and defend a point of view and they learn to value the importance of team-work and collaboration.
The Rule of the Law
School rules are central to creating the warm and happy environment here at Delph Side. Children are taught the difference between right and wrong. They learn that this is crucially important to ensuring their own well-being and safety both in school and in their wider communities. At the beginning of the school year, each class creates their own 'Class Charter' - the children are taught that these rules protect us and there must be consequences if they are broken. We help children to manage their own behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Our Behaviour Policy is embedded to ensure fairness and consistency across school. All children in school are assigned a house team and they compete each week to collect the most gold coins for their team. We invite parents to celebrate our star pupils with us during a Gathering Assembly every Friday afternoon.
At Delph Side, we strongly encourage children to make choices and understand their rights and responsibilities. We provide boundaries to ensure that these choices can empower our pupils. In class, teachers allow opportunities for children to have the freedom to decide how they would like to achieve a goal. Each half term, children are given a choice of extra-curricular activities they might like to attend. Children in the EYFS access 'Woodland School' every Monday; this allows them multiple opportunities for risk taking and critical thinking.
Mutual Respect & Tolerance
Respect is a embedded within the ethos of our school. Children feel that they are respected and in return, they are expected to treat others how they would wish to be treated. Children are taught about respect during assemblies and with JIGSAW lessons. Children at Delph Side learn that we live in a diverse country and they are taught to celebrate differences between themselves and others. In November 2017, we marked Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating the theme 'All Different, All Equal'. During RE lessons, children learn about; Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. They spend time comparing and contrasting how the beliefs and values associated with each religion compare to their own. In January 2018, we held ‘Faith Week’. Each day we welcomed a visitor from a different faith and they gave us a real insight into their own values and beliefs. Children also enjoy visiting several places of worship. Children in EYFS learn about celebrations such as Diwali & Chinese New Year.
An understanding of democracy, for example involvement in the SHARES Pupil Parliament, School Council, visit from the local MP and trip to the House of Commons, and an assembly on Scottish Independence.
We recently celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming our longest serving monarch with a special assembly where we found out facts, had a quiz then re-enacted the coronation listening to Zadock the Priest.
Connor was on the front page of the Observer newspaper showing he has British Values by showing solidarity for the people of Paris who were killed due to terrorism. In our assembly, we took the attacks as our theme and talked about how all the candles and flowers laid in Paris show strength and that when terrible things happen in our world we are stronger together.
Nursery celebrate Diwali
This week in Nursery we celebrated Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of light’. The children really enjoyed learning about how people from a different culture and religion celebrate. We looked at India on a map, listened to the story of Rama and Sita, made Diva lamps and tasted some Indian food for our snack.
Visit to a mosque and church in Preston
On Wednesday 4th November, Year 5 and 6 visited a mosque and St Stephen's church in Preston. We had a fantastic day finding out about the similarities and differences between the two religions. The day enriched our R.E. Learning for the term as both classes have been studying Islam and moving onto Christianity this half term. We listened to the Iman talking about his faith and how Muslim people worship and celebrate. He demonstrated how Muslim people cleanse themselves before worship and some of us had a go. In the church we had a guided tour and one of the members of the congregation spoke to us about her beliefs as a Christian. It has been fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop their understanding of ours and their British values.
At Delph Side we are always vigilant in preventing children being exposed to extremist views, especially by visitors to school.
(L.C.C. Prevent Education Group 01772 413 366)