Citizenship and Ethics
The domain of Citizenship and Ethics covers a range of aspects of citizenship. It aims to develop the children’s sense of personal identity and self-worth, as well as teaching them to consider and respect the needs and views of others. The children begin by exploring their identity, and how their perceptions of it can be affected by the behaviour and attitudes of others. They will consider the ethnic makeup of both the local and national community, and the benefits of living in a diverse society.
They will develop their understanding of the negative effects of stereotyping and prejudice, and of the impact of racism, sexism, heterosexist and homophobia. They will have the opportunity to explore their place within the school and local community, and the contributions of others, including volunteers and community organisations. We also include a look at the role and influence of the media, and some aspects of caring for the environment.
The children will learn about different groups and cultures within their community, and about the importance of not stereotyping people on the basis of difference. They will explore the makeup of their community, the needs of different people within it, and the people who help within their roles in the community.
The children will develop their understanding of the needs of the environment (including the school environment), plants and animals, and also their ability to make a contribution to their care.
We will provide Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and children will be able to demonstrate how they promote British Values and address life in modern Britain.
According to Ofsted, British values are:
- the rule of law;
- individual liberty;
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
In particular, we includes activities that address respect for others, tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions, discrimination, contributing to their locality and to society.
How do we teach this?
Our Holistic Intelligences are covered in all our lessons and, when appropriate, we hold circle meetings for the whole school. Our stand-alone Citizenship and Ethics sessions, which are often child-led.
What do we do?
Children’s successes are celebrated.
At all ages we discuss important aspects of our children’s development:
- What makes a good learner?
- What makes a good friend?
- How can we make someone feel welcome?
- Healthy living choices
- Wider community