How we celebrate our British culture and values in school.
Our school is a happy, busy place with children and staff who have a range of faiths, represent a range of cultures and who speak a range of languages. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all in our school community and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate this. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Each individual person is valued and respected and our aim of "With God's love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts” represents our wish for all children to excel and be recognised in their own right in a safe and secure ethos.
Totternhoe CE Academy has clear values based on Christianity and these underpin our ethos, our mission statement and our behaviour for learning policy. Our Governors, staff and parents believe that our school values include key values of British society such as tolerance, freedom, justice, liberty and community/collective responsibility.
Children love to experience events that we celebrate from a range of faiths, cultures and languages, but also love the uniquely British events we enjoy each year. Many of the activities are linked to our role in the village community and in our support of village events/village community groups.
British culture, values and identity are woven into our school life and our curriculum in addition as we celebrate the church year we include many events, service and festivals that are embedded within British culture.
Obviously dates of some religious festivals change and that determines when some events are held but the table below represents many of the annual events in school in which British culture, values and identity are enjoyed and learnt from.
Totternhoe Values 2019-2020
At Totternhoe we teach our children a range of Values which help them to work with one another co-operatively and with respect. They learn the importance of friendship and unity, we teach children to approach life with positivity and hope, and to show empathy and acceptance towards others. These Values make our school community happy and harmonious, a fun place, where children feel secure.
At Totternhoe every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Our Values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. The whole staff team and all pupils are involved in promoting Values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’. The Values have been selected by pupils and staff as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.
Our Values for 2019-2020 are:
British Values - What do we do?
Fundamental British values are promoted through our values based education and the curriculum. Children develop their understanding and knowledge of fundamental British values in the following ways:
• School Council and House captain elections and procedures support children in developing an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
• Through clear expectations and boundaries in school, children develop an appreciation that having rules keeps everyone safe. This, coupled with visits from our local community police officers, develops the understanding that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety.
• Promoting values such as harmony, unity, acceptance and tolerance supports the development of an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is important in a civilized world and is protected in law. Such values also develop children’s acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs should be accepted and tolerated, and that we can all live harmoniously together.
• Through our values based education, children develop appreciation of fairness, friendship and empathy, understanding what discrimination and unfair behaviour looks like and how to combat it.