“Our aims are to provide a safe learning environment for both pupils and staff; to ensure that every child reaches their true potential by being inspired and motivated to learn; to ensure that Christian values are followed and to foster the fact that every child matters within the learning community and the wider community”.
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
At St Oswald’s we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. 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. In EYFS and KS 1 the children take part in the annual Poppy day celebrations and VE day. The children walk to the Memorial gates for the 1 minutes silence in remembrance of the soldiers they make poppy wreaths which they lay at the gates. In KS2 we visit the National Arboretum
In Key stage 1 there is a strong focus on the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British Soldiers in Scurati so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a martyr by many children in the year group as they find her work and approach to making changed to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring.
As a whole school we celebrate the “Royal Shrovetide” Game keeping the historical value of the game alive and have been awarded our very own Shrovetide Ball.
Key stage 1 children begin to gain an insight into Parliament when learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot as well as the Monarchy- through King James.
On a more general level the school undertakes daily collective worship which upholds the traditional values of respect, tolerance and empathy. These are also taught within formal lessons- PSHRE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.
Underpinning this are the 8 values which we wish to live by;
- We treat everybody equally
- We understand right from wrong
- We understand the consequences of our actions
- We listen to an d respect other people’s opinions and values
- We try to help other people
- We know that we are all special
- We understand and respect the roles of people who my help us.
- We respect the culture and beliefs of others
The document below highlights how we teach the British Values.