British Values

At St. Joseph’s we have been exploring three questions as part of our British Values learning—

1. What does it mean to be British?

2. What is it like to live in Britain?

3. What are the values we hold?

 

Answering these questions has led our learning.  We have explored the five fundamental aspects of British Values through a range of activities. 

These aspects are -

1. Democracy

2. Rule of law

3. Tolerance of different cultures and religions

4. Mutual respect

5. Individual liberty

 

We have interwoven these five aspects into our British Values lessons, and have also created displays in our classrooms for everyone to promote and engage with British Values and consider how they impact and influence all aspects of our lives.  We believe that through educating our children about what it means to be British, they will flourish in participating fully and contributing positively to life in modern Britain as conscientious citizens.

 

We have extended our learning during times of celebration and reflection, such as Black History Month and Remembrance Day.  However, we embed the values in a cross-curricular theme also, such as during Inter-Faith Week as part of the RE curriculum.

Please click below to view Our St Joseph's Statement

St Joseph's British Values Statement

Further information from the DFE regarding British Values can be found by clicking here

British Values

Rule of Law
As part of our British Values curriculum, we are holding school-wide focus afternoons.  The first was rule of law where we explored the importance of having rules and why laws are in place to keep us safe.  Each class did different activities, with some exploring the rules associated with sports games, rules for staying safe online (in conjunction with Internet Safety Day), whilst others created a set of rules for excellent behaviour in the classroom.
We also had a visit from our local PCSOs, who came to talk to everyone about their role in the community.  We learnt that they often help the elderly, attend road traffic accidents, work in partnership with other emergency services, spend time in Rossington talking to residents and, interestingly, collecting stray animals!
The PCSOs also explained their duty to uphold rules and laws to maintain order within the community, and took questions about what happens when people don't follow the laws in place.
It was a very informative and interesting assembly and we are very grateful to the PCSOs for giving up their time to visit us!

British Values - PCSO Visit