Modern British Values
Modern British values at Westerton Primary School
At Westerton we promote and support modern British values while aiming to prepare our pupils to be active citizens in a multicultural and diverse society.
Britain’s history, culture and heritage are celebrated in numerous ways. The annual year 6 residential weekend to London includes visits to many attractions of fundamental historical importance to our history: the Cutty Sark, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Victorian Day in year 5 is the culmination of a history topic learning about a crucial period in Britain’s history, and involves pupils and teachers acting in role as members of a Victorian school. Britain’s cultural contributions to the world are showcased in the annual good speaking competition, a poetry recital by pupils during which recent recitals have included poetry by William Blake and William Shakespeare as well as seminal modern British poets such as Michael Rosen. Britain’s rich musical history forms part of our annual Musical Evening. Assemblies provide crucial opportunities for pupils to learn about nationally important events, and in recent years pupils have enjoyed assemblies about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Tour de France’s grand depart from Britain and the London Olympics. Our system of elected class councillors plays a crucial role in giving pupils a voice in our school, and provides pupils a taste of Britain’s proud democratic tradition.
Alongside an education in Britain’s history and important cultural heritage, Westerton celebrates the plethora of cultures that coalesce to form the vibrant society of twenty-first century Britain. At Westerton we celebrate and promote inclusion and diversity. Our annual Musical Evening includes a variety of music from around the world, and recently a piece of Indian music was played to accompany one of our pupils performing an Indian dance. European Day in September each year allows each year group to learn about a different European country, its history and importance in the world. Recent educational visits have included visiting a mosque in Leeds, as part of an RE topic learning about a religion that so many of our neighbours and friends in West Yorkshire follow. The year 6 School Council has recently developed a link with a nearby school in Batley whose pupils predominantly follow the Muslim faith.
Click here for the DfE's guidance document on British Values for all schools.