At Happisburgh C of E VA Primary School, we uphold British values. We value the backgrounds of all our pupils and families and we use a wide range of learning activities to celebrate these. This enriching approach, teaches tolerance and respect ensuring that young people understand the importance of respect and leave their education fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils at Happisburgh, enjoy learning through a wide range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. In the RE curriculum, all pupils learn about key faiths and through this learning, they are taught to show respect for different faiths. Through History, pupils are taught about significant periods in British History and are encouraged to identify these in chronological order. In English and PSHE, every opportunity is taken to develop understanding and knowledge of British values.
In KS1, there is a strong focus on the work of famous British figures both past and present; these include Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes and Queen Victoria. The children really enjoy learning about people from the past and in particular those who have had an impact on the modern world and our community. In KS2 pupils learn about World War One and the impact that it had on the British Empire and thus on British society today. Pupils inYear3/4 learn about the Anglo Saxons and Year 5/6 learn about the Tudors and how they influence the Britain we live in today; from the names of Britain’s towns and cities to the cultures and religious beliefs many people have. They have also learned about Romans, Ancient Greeks, the Vikings, Egyptians and the influence these people have had on British Life.
In recent years, we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a special assembly and a Street Party. This year we worked closely with the local church on the Remembrance Day theme; looking at the life of a boy in the parish who went to war to try and make it more tangible for our children. The school always participates in the minutes silence on Remembrance Day
Our School Council meets regularly and through this, pupils learn from and about, democracy. The roles and responsibilities of the councils are shared with all children. School Council members are elected from each year group. The School Council meets at least every half term, following an agenda and taking minutes. Actions taken by the school council are carried out in a democratic manner. They make decisions about charities to support, purchase of equipment and represent pupil views about school life and ways to improve it. Additionally, as part of our whole school circle time, pupils look at how to promote co-operation and tolerance through a variety of activities and discussions. They learn to respect the views and feelings of others and how to work effectively as a team. Our anti – bullying ethos supports our ethos of showing respect for others, celebrating our differences and finding positive solutions to any issues that may arise in life.