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Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles and we follow the Solihull Agreed Syllabus for R.E. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Organise visits to the local council and Parliament
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

Individual liberty – what do we do?

Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
Challenge stereotypes
Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to places of worship
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers

Enrichment

We make good use of the different environments around our school to make learning exciting and stimulating. These include the creative arts room, outside in the school grounds and our local area. Children’s experiences are also enhanced by the BHC based onsite and offsite educational visits that take place throughout the year

Assessment

The only year groups that will be assessed using Statutory Assessment tests (SATS) will be Years 2 and 6

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be assessed using a range of tools across the year, using both assessment of and assessment for learning. These will be on going and used to measure attainment and progress.