British Values in the EYFS
Promoting British Values in the Foundation Stage
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enfoce a clear and rigourous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual repect and tolerance of theose with differect faiths and beliefs."
In the Foundation stage at Cragside C of E Primary School these values are reinforced regulary and in the following ways.
We develop children’s self-awareness and self-confidence so that they can make their views knnown. Children are given enough time to express their views. We provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing, collaboration and which value questioning and use story books that reinforce the concept of meeting the needs of a group not just an individual
We listen to children's and parent's voice. Parent communicate through 'Focus Week' questionnaires, Interactive Learning Journals, reading Journals etc. Children are given opportunities to make decisions such as choosing their favourite activity for their Superclass treat.
The Rule of Law
We consistently reinfoce our high expectaions of children. Staff provide excellent modelling that rules are valued and followed e.g. ‘I must remember to wash out the paints so then next person is able to use it’. In class we are regularly referring to our school rules, particularly using the daily 'Special Day' reward system. This opportunity also reminds children to 'Shine Brightly'. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectaions (rules) that are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within school we support children to develop a positive sense of themselves and increase their confidence in their own abilities, e.g. by encouraging children to take managed risks in the outdoor environment, choosing how they want to decorate a Birthday card or deciding what snack they would prefer to eat at snack time. Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe enabling environment and effective teaching.
Mutual Respect and tolerance
In our school's behaviour for learning policy we state that 'as a school with a Christian foundation we encourage all to be kind and caring to one another and to try to show forgiveness where someone has done something wrong'. Respecting everyone and everything is part of our whole school rules which we expect everyone to follow. We promote politeness and good manners every day, for example, every morning we encourage a polite welcome using good eye contact. During snack time we model sharing fairly and use of polite manners.
We aim to enhance chidlren's understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents and carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events such as our Pearl of Africa concert. We share books that reflect and value diversity and resources and activities that challenge stereotypes.
EYFS staff record evidence of teaching and learning surrounding British Values in a whole class record book.