Meadow Farm Primary School
At Meadow Farm Primary School, we actively promote British Values within our broad curriculum and also through our assemblies and collective worship. The school has a positive link with St Mary’s church in Chaddesden. We visit their church for Harvest celebrations and they regularly hold assemblies in our school hall, some of their team also support our delivery of the RE curriculum. The school is now in the process of becoming involved in the work done with the Hope Centre and a child from Uganda. This enables the pupils to develop an understanding of a range of communities and cultures beyond their own.
At Meadow Farm we have a school council that is made up of representatives voted for by their class peers in their class council meetings. There is a boy and girl representative from each class (Reception to year 6) that ensures the pupil voice is heard and acted upon. The children significantly audited our curriculum which fed into our school INSET development days. There has been fund raising for in house projects (Nursery garden and school library) and those of local and global significance (Comic Relief, Children In Need, Nepal).
In classes children use voting counters, secret ballots, and learn about the process of majority voting.
Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, local authority, parents and co-opted governors (community); they meet at least each term.
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; this is done through individual letters, meetings, a comment box that is on the weekly learning logs, the Head teacher is available on the playground on certain school days and questionnaires are distributed to parents about their children’s learning and experiences of school.
At Meadow Farm School we work hard to promote the fundamental British values of:
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those different faiths & beliefs
Rule of Law
School Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and the children agree on class rules with their teacher. These are called our start and stop behaviours and form the basis of our behaviour policy 123. Our Lunchtime Supervisors are our Teaching Assistants and so actively promote these school rules throughout lunch time.
Our home school agreement is a set of expectations to enable our children to begin the school day ready and able to learn. These agreements are from the child, the parent and the teacher. They are revisited bi annually throughout the child's time at school.
Our Year 6 children as part of their "Crime and Punishment" topic visit the galleries of justice in Nottingham and learned about the history of British law. Their business enterprise topic also enforces positive rules for managing and creating a successful project. Annual visits from the local fire service (year 2 and 6), road safety 2GONOGO and our Police Community Support Officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make individual choices in a safe, supportive environment. Our class and school council meetings always includes an AOB section to allow free discussion of issues. Circle times are used for circle of friends to raise self esteem and establish that support with peer friendships. At lunchtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities. Our kitchen staff always provides menu choice, no items are pre selected on the children’s plates. The Year 6 lunchtime monitor system provides an effective support network if required and this promotes positive relationships. Our learning mentor has regular sessions for those children to express their needs and feelings in a safe and understanding environment. We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe through collective worship, PSHE and E-Safety sessions.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics, assemblies and Collective Worship. For example, Our year 4 children represent the school by attending the local Remembrance Day service every year and a 2 minute silence is observed during school time.
The school works within the community and has given singing concerts to our local elderly residents at Raynesway View and Aspen Court, parents and local residents have helped to create our nursery area. Our Harvest celebrations enabled us to send food parcels to our local food bank (Padley centre). Representatives from DCFC come into school for assemblies promoting respect and fair play. All of our sporting teams, events and tournaments centre around mutual respect too.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs
Our Collective Worship and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about, for example, Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Holi and Chinese New Year. Our year 5 children spend a day in Derby at multi faith centres to learn about beliefs, traditions and respect. A year 5 class text "The other side of truth" explores the themes of racism and oppression in Africa which facilitates discussion of tolerance.