Woodham Walter British Values
Through our whole school values, life skills, PSHE and RE teaching we also uphold and promote British Values. These values include:
Our children have a voice through the School Council Representatives who are elected and voted for by the children. Issues may be raised by pupils in assemblies and in Class Council meetings which are then discussed and resolved at regular School Council meetings.
Rule of law
Classroom rules are decided and agreed upon by the children and the importance of them are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws and rules are broken.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, such as through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, like signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and leading the subject matter of assemblies.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian Values such as ‘friendship’, ‘compassion’ and ‘fairness’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Woodham Walter Primary School. Assemblies are based on both the Christian Values and interconnected ‘Life Skills’ and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school, demonstrating mutual respect at all times. Both the values and life skills that we promote are visually represented around the school, with examples of how we demonstrate them in every classroom.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We learn about celebrations outside of our own culture, such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and Wesak. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We are very proud to be linked to Mutiria Primary School in Kenya. Linked projects encourage children to consider similarities and differences between our schools and we actively encourage staff visits between the two.