Our PRIDE in our British Values
At Riddings Junior School we aim to ensure that through our school journey of PRIDE we promote the shared British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect for everyone.
It is our aim that with parents, carers and the community we will help guide our children to become:
Confident , resilient, responsible members of society who are passionate learners
We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain seriously and therefore all curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children engage with these concepts enthusiastically and are able to show how they impact on their own experiences.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, visitors, sporting events, a range of visits, including residential visits, involvement in fundraising for a variety of causes and through our links with a rural Ugandan Primary School..
At our school we promote democratic processes such as our children voting for School Council and mini sports leaders. Ideas and events are planned and discussed , pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council and through the use of pupil questionnaires. As part of our PRIDE process pupils have the opportunity to have a say in who they believe has been the best embodiment of our PRIDE aims.
Children lead other children in games and activities so that they are involved in all aspects of school life. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, we encourage this through high expectations.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws -that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow our positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing self-esteem and self-confidence is hugely important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, local, national and global. They are taught consideration for others through our RE curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. teaching about Online Safety enables them to make positive choices. Our PRIDE focus constantly talks about the consequences of their choices - positive or negative.
Within school, pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we d provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely. Whether it is through choice of challenge, lunch options, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities, pupils are often given the freedom to make choices even when that choice might not be the favoured one (as long as the choice is a safe one).
Our school ethos revolves around PRIDE and one of the core words is RESPECT:Respect for ourselves and respect for everyone else. The pupils know they have the:
Right to learn;
Right to be safe;
Right to be respected.
Pupils participate in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. It is reiterated through our behaviour for learning expectations. Pupils work collaboratively during lessons and value the opinions of others.
Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We follow the Derbyshire Agreed syllabus for RE .
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core PRIDE values and British values.
As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation. Events such as those that recently occurred in France and the Syrian crisis are not shied away from. We also commemorate important events in our shared history that have anniversaries, such as Waterloo, Magna Carta and the Battle of Britain.
Each year, we take part in the annual Remembrance Day celebrations where the school carries out a commemoration service in St James' Church where we remember those who gave their lives for the country and especially those men, named on the Riddings War memorial, after whom our classes are called.