British Values at Springfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springfield Primary School is proud to be British! We believe in traditional values of tolerance, democracy, respect, understanding and fairness. These values are both explicitly taught throughout the curriculum and also are implicit in the way the school operates.

Curriculum

Whichever topic the children are learning about, we always use the opportunity to promote the values we uphold: e.g. in Year 2 when studying famous people when famous women are highlighted; or Bonfire Night will start to touch upon government and democracy. Year 6 teach a topic entitled “Crime and Punishment”, in which the social elements of Victorian life and the causes of crime are developed.

 

 

  Year 4 are bhangra dancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Roman day for Year 3 taught about team work, but also taught about the origins of reasons we work as a nation today

 

 

 

Throughout the school, P.S.H.E. is taught. This, alongside assemblies and the rest of the curriculum, helps develop children’s concepts about the society they live in – both the strengths and the weaknesses. We challenge children to act in a caring, sensitive and thoughtful manner. The proof is the way that visitors see our children treating each other, and especially other children, with challenges in their lives.

 

 

A visit from the police helps teach children about respect and how the police help us and keep us safe.

 

 

 

This is part of a Safeguarding day for Year 5/6. Here children were challenged to think about how they would possibly respond to various scenarios – being offered cigarettes, drugs or stolen goods etc.

 

 

Our daily lives

We operate a school council, with class councillors who are actively engaged in making decisions about our school. These councillors are elected by ballot by their class peers. We have an elected head girl and head boy, along with their deputies. We operate a system with prefects; committees of children, such as: eco; banking for children; ICT champions; and Health and Safety. We choose to use a staff management system with dispersed management, thus increasing ownership and input by the staff into decisions.

We regularly take part in events, such as Red Nose Day, and support charities such as the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.  Harvest festival produce goes to a hospice in Birmingham. The list is endless. What is especially pleasing is that it is the children who often come to the teachers with ideas and causes, wanting to support them because they feel passionate about the cause – such as the wear a hat day, raising money for head injuries.

       Comic Relief assembly                                                                                                                                                                   and 5 VERY scary Spice Girls!

 

 

Each year we hold a harvest festival assembly, with all the food going to a hospice nearby.

 

 

 

We run clubs and take part in competitions in a variety of sports. We do this for many reasons, including that we believe that the social and team ethos aspects are worth building with children. It is not just about winning, but the whole act of taking part to the very best of your ability. Learning new skills, learning good health habits and competing is an essential part of life. Part of this “tapestry” is learning to win graciously or lose with dignity!

Staff give their time unstintingly and are not paid for running the clubs – but rather, do so because they believe in their value for the children (last year we ran 27 different clubs!).

 

 

Dancers from the Spring show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dynamite Dancers are a great role model for the younger children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A basketball club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A league match - and yes, we won!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mini-Movers in action - our dance academy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir at dress rehearsal.

 

 

 

 

 

The way we treat animals is important. A trip to nearby stables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3 and Year 4 country dancers, as we celebrate St. George’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our community is vitally important. Here an Art club, including parents or family, is happening. The children love having their relatives in and it helps reinforce the understanding and partnership between school and families.

 

 

 

 

 

A Year 5 INSPIRE session with some dads getting stuck in. Great role models!

 

 

 

 

Eggstra eggcited prize winners at this year’s Easter egg competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Turner – British Olympic swimmer – is putting some kids (and staff) through their paces.

 

 

 

 

 

Drumming – part of our annual International Week event (understanding and empathising with different countries, faiths and people is key to building a multi-cultural society founded on respect and mutual trust).