How we celebrate our British culture and values in school
Toddington St George Church of England School is a school with a strong commitment to serving our local community. Each individual I n school is valued and respected and our aim to “Light at spark in every child” represents our wish for all children to excel and be recognised in their own right.
Children love to experience events that 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.
Toddington St George CE School has clear values based on our Church of England trust deed and these underpin our ethos, our mission statement and our behaviour policy. These values are based on values our Governors, staff and parents believe to include key values of British society such as tolerance ,respect, freedom ,democracy, justice, the rule of law and liberty and community/collective responsibility.(see Values cycle below). 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.
Our school is a happy, busy place and are a school with children and staff who have a range of faiths, represent a range of cultures and who speak a range of languages. We have our approach to be enriching for all as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. We understand the vital role we play in ensuring that groups and individuals within the school are not subject to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally, influence them.
Special events have included
- The Royal wedding Golden Jubilee
- Birth of Prince George
- Commonwealth Games
- World Cup
- Scottish referendum
- England Hosting the World Cup
Opportunities afforded by these events
Knowledge and Understanding
- The Royal family and the importance of their roles and work
- British Parliamentary leaders – who is our Prime Minister and how is he/she elected
- Archbishops and the Pope – who leads the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church
- Why we sing the National Anthem and joining together to sing it
- The history of the Commonwealth
- Music by Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten – music used for the major sporting events
- Sporting stars and how they can inspire us