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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’

British Values

At the Divine Mercy RCPS we value the whole child and understand that they need to be educated in ways that support and nurture the whole person. They need to understand who they are, what their purpose in life is and where they are going. Through our teaching we support and encourage British values and SMSC. This is implicit in our everyday practice. Here are some ways the school teaches and encourages British Values.
Democracy
We encourage Democracy through our school council, Chaplaincy team and Eco team. They are elected individuals from Key Stage 2 and meet fortnightly. We develop skills in democracy by having pupil voice, debates in class and having sports leaders throughout the school.

The Rule of Law
Class rules are developed with each new class. The behaviour policy and ‘Home school Agreement’ is shared with pupils and parents at the beginning of each year, which is signed and logged in school. Rules set aside by the church are included in the curriculum such as the Ten Commandments (displayed in the main hall).

Individual Liberty
Children are encouraged to be reflective, independent learners. In lessons they are encouraged to take responsibility for the choices that they make and respond to advice in a positive manner. (Self assessment, teacher marking)

Mutual Respect
Our Mission statement is inclusive and talks about ‘our diverse community’ that they are ‘welcomed’ and ‘encouraged to reach their full potential.’ Positive, learning behaviour of the children is paramount in the school. Children are encouraged to work together, talk together and share ideas together. Everyone has a valid opinion as the mission statement says ‘everyone is valued and nurtured.’ (Evident in lesson observations)
As a school, we do not accept bullying and each year promote Anti bullying week and have a clear policy on this.
Weekly collective prayer and worships in KS2 promote PHSE and British Values through the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ and teach the children ways to be well rounded human being. We promote this everyday implicitly in our teaching, not through specific schemes or explicit lessons. (collective worship provision map)
As part of our RE curriculum, we include Caritas in Action which develop children's understanding of community and the social teachings of the Catholic Church. Caritas teaches the children how they can positively impact on their local community, whilst in some cases the children will visit the local care homes to learn with/ from the local residents and share in celebrations e.g. choir singing at Christmas or Minnie Vinnies. We believe that these opportunities help the children understand and respect the community around them.  

Tolerance of Other Faiths and beliefs
Children are taught about the Catholic faith and encouraged to have a deep understanding of their own faith as well as respecting and valuing the traditions and faiths of other religions within our school and wider community. (RE curriculum)

Collective Worship Themes and Titles. 

All weekly assemblies in our school promote an understanding of British Values.

Democracy

The rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of other Faiths and beliefs

6. I understand that rights match responsibilities

5. I know what to do if someone is being hurt

3. I can say how I feel

1. We are all special too

11. I can work, play, rest and pray each day.

8.I try to be just and fair

14. I try to follow our school and classroom rules

4. I can laugh and have fun

2. I can say one good thing about myself and others

12. Simple things can make us happy

14. I try to follow our school and classroom rules

15. I know I belong to a community that includes school

5. I know what to do if someone is being hurt

7. I try to stand up for myself and others

13. I try to love others as I love myself

15. I know I belong to a community that includes school

16. I know we are happiest when we are united

6. I understand that rights match responsibilities

15. I know I belong to a community that includes school

15. I know I belong to a community that includes school

16. I know we are happiest when we are united

26. I can recognise uncomfortable situations

7. I try to stand up for myself and others

16. I know we are happiest when we are united

16. I know we are happiest when we are united

 

34. I stand up for those being treated unfairly

8. I try to be just and fair

17. I listen to what you say and show I am listening

19. I try to use words that make the world a better place.

   

9. I can tell you how I look after myself

18. I cooperate with others in work and play

25. I know when to ask for help and who to choose

   

10. I think before I make choices that affect my health

19. I try to use words that make the world a better place

33. I know that human dignity means I show respect

   

15. I know I belong to a community that includes school

20. I appreciate the beauty of the world around me.

35. I notice that we are the same and that we are different

   

16. I know we are happiest when we are united

24. I know what humility means

36. I try to be accepting

   

21. I know it is ok to make mistakes

27. I know how to help others when they are in trouble

 
   

22. I can learn from my mistakes

28. I understand what trust means

 
   

23. I try to keep going when things get hard

29.I try to forgive others when they hurt me

 
   

24. I know what humility means

30. I try to accept forgiveness from others

 
   

32. I understand the importance of peace

31. I know how to show that I am sorry

 
   

34. I stand up for those being treated unfairly

33. I know that human dignity means I show respect

 
     

34. I stand up for those being treated unfairly

 

 

 

 

Parents, please remember that children should be back in school on Monday 30th October, after the half term break - thanks!
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