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

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Autumn 2018

British Values Year 1 - Year 6


Year 1

Democracy- The year 1 class held a vote to decide on their class councillors. They also worked together to create a list of class rules to compliment that of the school.

The children developed their understanding of why people vote and how fairness is an important part of democracy.


Year 2

Democracy- Children learnt that people in Great Britain have the power to make important choices. They were given the choice of three fictitious leaders and voted for their favourite. They learnt about how voting takes place and how important it is to think carefully when voting.

They then went on to select their class councillors.

Tolerance of other cultures and faiths- Children found out about different cultures over time, and the treatment of black people at a certain point in history. They recognised what inequality is, and how certain people have fought against it. They then focused on Nelson Mandela whose protests led to a change in law for black rights in South Africa. Children understood what inequality was and also how people were able to make a difference.

Individual Liberty- A circle time discussion took place in which children shared views on their own, as well as other people’s, individual liberty. We compared our lives to those of people in history, when Nelson Mandela chose to stand up for human rights.

Mutual Respect- Children showed respect for those who had lost their lives in war. They found out about remembrance day, and the purpose of this. They painted a field of poppies in reflection. Children developed a respect and appreciation for what people in the past have done for them.

Year 3-

Democracy- The children recalled key features of democracy by using examples from U.K. topics. They created a poster on democracy and held a class election when choosing their school councillors.

Individual Liberty- The children created a written conversation, giving examples of their rights and their individual liberty.

Year 4

Democracy- The children recognised the fairness of democracy in their decision making for their school councillor. A speaking and listening activity took place in which each child gave a speech about why they would be a good school councillor. After discussing the importance of a fair democracy, children voted to decide who their class councillor should be.

Tolerance of other cultures and faiths- Children found out about different cultures over time, and the treatment of black people at different points in history. They recognised what intolerance was, and the people who fought against this. They then focused on Paul Stevenson who campaigned successfully in Bristol, which led to a change in law for black rights in Britain. Children understood what intolerance was, and understood how people were able to change things that happened.

Mutual Respect- Children showed respect for those who had lost their lives in war. They found out about remembrance day, and the purpose of this, writing a poem in reflection. Children were able to respect and have an appreciation of what people in the past and today have done for them.

Year 5-

Democracy- Children worked in groups to discuss their understanding of what makes a good school councillor. They wrote manifestos for why they should be school councillors and a vote was held to decide the outcome. The children were able to discuss the importance of voting and developed an understanding of what democracy means.

Rule of Law- Children played a board game and Miss Vickers deliberately cheated to show the children the importance of rules. A discussion was held and the new school rules were covered. In groups, children worked together to explore why we

have the 5 school rules, what would happen if we didn’t have them and what the consequence would be if the rules were not followed.

Tolerance of other cultures and faiths- The children developed their understanding of tolerance through the Come and See unit about Judaism. Within this topic, the children learnt about Jewish values, some of their customs and traditions, and an important prayer called the Schema. Through this, they developed their understanding and tolerance of another religion.

Year 6-

Democracy- Children learnt about democracy through their history topic, WW2. They studied the key events and changes in Britain’s leadership over a period of time. Children now have an awareness of the impacts these changes have had on democracy, including equality for women and the working class.

Tolerance of other cultures and faiths- Children reflected on the big question- ‘How do Jewish followers ask for forgiveness?’

They visited a nursing home as a ‘good deed’ and also looked at Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish new year. The children reflected this back on their own lives and set themselves new goals. The children have shown an awareness of another faith and how Jewish followers ask for forgiveness and make new starts. They are able to recognise similarities and differences between the Rosh Hashanah and their own faith


British Values

British Values 2017/18

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



Individual Liberty