History is at times used to explore contemporary issues as they affect pupils today through the lens of history, including relevant historical context is essential to understanding what it means to be a citizen of the UK today. Examples such as slavery and strata within society (Romans), class system, British History etc.
Geography, understanding of local communities including developing pupils’ ideas of roles and responsibilities within in the community, break down of stereotypes through specific cultural topics (such as Tribes topic).
Facilitation of pupils engaging in our local community e.g. through trips including to places of worship, visitors such as emergency services, councillors, dog fouling competition, engagement with annual summer fair and community festival. Further examples include charity work where we choose and explore charities and how we can make a difference.
Early years where ‘About Me’ style learning and topics celebrate and recognise diversity. Child led learning in itself linking to choices, understanding of each other, personal responsibility, impact of actions etc. Respect features highly to support integrations of many pupils from any different pre-school environments, including some who have not been to any formal pre-schooling. Behaviour (and language) is consistently modelled (as it is across all school) and similarities and differences are actively promoted and celebrated.
English – through the Power of Reading project, high quality text form the basis of much of our literacy work. These texts provide an opportunity to explore British culture, as well as issues within society as a whole. For example, friendship in Man on the Moon; British society in The London Eye Mystery; mutual respect in The Iron Man and human endeavour and courage in Ice Trap! Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition.
Art and music – celebration of art in many cultures, unique interpretations of the same event / input, and to value others’ ideas and reflections, teamwork and listening skills. Through music, cultural and historical distinctiveness is learned about and celebrated.
Behaviour policy which teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and support pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. This is highly successful in our school and creates the bedrock of the work our pupils undertake.
Most importantly, this is all taught through and underlying belief of a desire to develop an understanding of shared school values (e.g. behavioural, moral and academic expectations), respecting each other and living within a school community as well as a wider community.