Here at Westward we actively promote the fundamental British Values. These are defined as:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Promoting these British Values is now a central part of teaching and learning, which aims to help children to become well-rounded members of society. Below are some examples of how each of the British Values is promoted in the Early Years.
Democracy works by discussion, decision making and voting.
- Encouraging children to know that their views count and their opinions are important. We follow the children's interests for topics and activities.
- Encouraging children to make decisions together. Sharing group toys like the train set and large building blocks. Deciding on the theme of the role play scenarios together such as a doctor's surgery or a cafe.
- Encouraging children to see their role in the 'bigger picture'. Being part of a class, whole school community and the award teams of Lions, Bears and Tigers.
- Providing opportunities for the children to vote between activity. Choosing a book for story time or a song to sing together by a show of hands.
- Talking about voting for members of the school council.
The Rule of Law
Demonstrating a need for rules and laws to help keep us safe and happy.
- Encouraging adults and children to work together to create group rules and discussion about the need for rules.
- Teaching children to understand their own and others' behaviour and feelings, and the consequences
- Encouraging and supporting children to learn how to distinguish right from wrong
This is promoted through individual freedoms to choose faiths, beliefs and likes and dislikes
- Providing opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. Sharing achievements and successes in assemblies and celebrating these.
- Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves.
- Encouraging children to try a range of different activities and opportunities and to discuss and select their own preferences
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Demonstrating respect and tolerance towards other beliefs and faiths.
- Encouraging children to learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life. Learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places around the world.
- Encouraging children to learn about the world around them, both locally and further afield. Local trips, using books, stories, posters and videos to learn about places far away, cultural days, local evets and activities and national celebrations.