‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are very well prepared for a life in modern Britain’
The school council is an elected body which meets regularly to discuss matters of direct concern to pupils and school.
It consists of a pupil member from each class who has been democratically decided upon to represent the children in his or her class.
The council meets on a regular basis during school hours with a member of the school management team. Any constructive ideas or concerns which pupils of our school community may have can be mooted through the voice of the school council.
The school council is a very powerful and dynamic force for change and we at Wilkes Green are very proud of the mature manner with which it goes about its business.
If you are a pupil here at Wilkes Green Junior School and have any views or suggestions concerning the way we undertake our communal life here, please don’t hesitate to inform your class school council representative so the matter can be raised in the next meeting.
Promoting British Values
The Department for Education have recently reinforced ‘the need that Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year by the Prime Minister this year (2014). At Wilkes Green Junior School these values are reinforced regularly in order to ensure our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility which will prepare them for life in modern Britain. This is done in the following ways:-
All Year groups are taught about democracy, including the British parliament and the role of MPs, within the curriculum.
At the start of each academic year children vote for their class representatives through an election process. Our School Council ensure that all children are given the opportunity to vote on certain aspects of school life throughout the year.
The Rule of Law
The School Rules are regularly reinforced and each class decides upon its own class rules when each class makes a class charter at the start of the school year, this allows the children to discuss why certain rules are important. During PSHE lessons and assemblies children learn about the importance of having rules and how these relate to laws. We use a range of PSHE resources to promote moral, spiritual, social and cultural awareness among our pupils. Our children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and visit to the local Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Wilkes Green Junior School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices in the safe and secure environment of the school. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. An example of this is when the health caravan comes to school, the children are taught about the dangers of commonly available drugs and illegal drugs and the safe choices they should make with regard to these substances.
Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fund raising events.
As a school we hold mutual respect as the heart of our values. Adults actively model respect with one another, and with the children, in how we speak and treat one another and all members of our community are taught to treat each other with respect. Mutual respect is promoted through our Behaviour Policy and system of rewards and consequences, ensuring that this is a theme which runs through the environment of the school. For example we have an Anti- Bullying Week every year, where different types of bullying including cyber-bullying are discussed.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Wilkes Green Junior School is situated in an area which is greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. This is further reinforces through festive assemblies which address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Pupils are given opportunities to visit places different places of worship throughout their schooling.
British Values through the Curriculum
Within our curriculum there are planned opportunities to teach the values of our society. Some examples are:
PSHE: How we influence democracy is explored though PSHE and RE lessons (Inspirational People topic). This includes looking at historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi and exploring the effectiveness of different approaches. The Rule of Law, The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country is consistently reinforced at the school. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PSHE lessons.
Creative Curriculum: Creative Curriculum covers a range of historical periods e.g. Ancient Egyptians, Vikings, Victorians, Tudprs,etc. People in History project & assembly enabling pupils to understand British values and how they promotes equality and multiculturalism and how history has shaped British society today.
Geography: the teaching of Geography within the creative curriculum enables children to have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
Religious, Moral & Spiritual Education: This covers key religions represented in the UK. Planning for the subject is directed by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) – Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. All children have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths. Wilkes Green Junior School actively promotes diversity of different faiths and cultures through festival assemblies and celebrations. Religious symbols displayed in classes, welcome display in different languages-displayed around the school and Cultural evening of entertainment.
Physical Education: Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success through sports assemblies, being noble in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
Computing: Children are also taught about respect and bullying in the online world also, through our learning platform and though regular e-safety lessons and e-safety day.
Educational visits: Our broad range of educational visits and experiences outside of the classroom prepare our children with the skills to make a positive contribution to their community as equal citizens, as well as being able to look at British heritage in more depth. This includes visits to Birmingham Museum, Black Country Museum, Stratford, Neighbourhood walk and Old Town House Art walk.
Community/Charity Events: The school participates in charity events to raise money for charity. E.g. support for natural disasters e.g. earthquakes, hurricanes, Children in Need, poppy appeal, Jeans for Genes Day, Cancer Research, Comic and Sport Relief and Harvest gifts are distributed in the autumn term to needy families, old people homes, women’s refuge in the local community and Salvation Army.
At Wilkes Green Junior School the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is considered to be ‘a whole school issue’. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is promoted not only through all the subjects of the curriculum, but also through the ethos of the school and through the development of positive attitudes and values.
‘Teaching contributes strongly to pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development.’ (Ofsted April 2015)
Our children are given opportunities for SMSC development in order to help develop self-confidence, motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
This involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their willingness to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions. This is achieved through:-
- RE curriculum
- Music assemblies
- SEAL schemes of work
- Circle time activities
- Visits to places of worship
- Discussions about world events (news and views activities)
This involves them acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong of moral conflict and a concern for others. They are willing to reflect on the consequences of their own actions and have the ability to forgive others. Also develop the understanding and knowledge in order to make an active contribution to the democratic process .This is achieved through:-
- SEAL schemes of work,
- Pupil’s high expectations of themselves,
- School rules displayed around the school and class charters
- Special visitor assemblies from the local police.
- Good to be Green behaviour chart
- Behaviour Monitoring files,
- Pupils are aware of sanctions if expectations of behaviour are breached Anti-Bullying Week-focuses work on cyber bullying & E safety.
- PSHE lessons
- RE lessons
- Class discussions where pupils form opinions on world events.
This involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities including local, national and global. They have the ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. This is achieved through:-
- Sporting competitions- football competition with other schools,
- After school clubs
- Partnership with other schools e.g. Hamstead Hall
- Pupils perform with other schools as part of the Brass Band, Music Ensemble. School
- Peripatetic music sessions take place where pupils study a range of brass instruments, sitar and table
- Cultural evening of entertainment
- Subjects such as performing arts -, drama, choir, brass, sitar, tabla club.
- Emergency Services Cadets Program (ESC)
- Local distribution of Harvest gifts
- Parliament week -local MP Khalid visited the school
- Class assembly on Elections
- School councils are elected members (school council assemblies)
- Class assembly on Britain-cover aspects of being British, Delivery of the RE curriculum,
- Safeside trip to local fire station– raise awareness of safety.
This involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and the ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of inventive experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others’ ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. This is achieved through:-
- RE curriculum- focuses work on different religions,
- Visits to places of worship-Year 3-Church, Year 4-Gurdwara, Year 6 Mandir
- Festival assemblies and celebrations – Eid, Diwali, Guru Nanak
- Religious symbols displayed in classes
- Welcome display in different languages
- World War One Day, World War One & Two assembly
- People in History annual project and assembly to showcase a range of samples of projects
- Cultural evening of entertainment
- Sitar & tabla lessons
- Parliament week-local MP Khalid Mahmood visited the school
- Class assembly on Britain-cover aspects of being British
- World War One Day, World War One & Two assembly
- Theatre productions: Artefacts Theatre Company –Time capsule based on WW2
- Creative Curriculum employs teaching and learning of local/national and international studies (e.g. Y4-Houses and homes and Y3-Ancient Egyptians),
- Creative Curriculum covers a range of historical periods e.g. Ancient Egyptians, Vikings, Victorians, etc,
- Peripatetic PE teacher delivering ‘Wake up Shake up’ sessions
- Sports day
- Health week
- Music assemblies
- Drama cub
- Art club & sewing club
- Charity work in school, e.g. support for natural disasters e.g. earthquakes, hurricanes, Children in Need, poppy appeal, Jeans for Genes Day, Cancer Research, Christmas shoe box appeal, Comic and Sport Relief (Mile running, and other sports
- Education City enables children to compete against global peers.