British Values – Geography

Geography at Exminster plays a significant role in educating the children about citizenship and both supports and promotes British values. It encourages pupils to investigate how places have changed by the contexts and processes that have shaped them. It does this by:

Encouraging reflective and evaluative thinking about what 'Britishness' means to them and to move away from stereotypes.

Facilitating their understanding of how societies are linked and the diversities of people's backgrounds.

Providing the children with opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Democracy and citizenship are embedded at Exminster through the School Council process and Pupil Voice.


British Values - RE:

British Values are both promoted and supported with the subject of RE at Exminster Primary School. Through studying a wide range of faiths, RE aims to provide opportunities for the pupils to engage with religions and worldviews. We are learning both from and about religions,

Within RE the children are provided with opportunities to research and discuss ways of living, identify diversity and belonging, develop an understanding of different beliefs, teachings, sources of wisdom, authority and values and commitments.


British Values – History Education

In studying History, pupils explore how the past influences the present, how beliefs and cultures influenced peoples' actions and what past societies were like. Through History children will see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of British society.

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

At KS1 pupils learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality. At KS2 pupils learn about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

They also explore Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. A local history study is a big part of the curriculum, which helps to develop a sense of identity and belonging. Pupils will also study an aspect or theme in British history that will extend pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

We looked at 'diversity' and what this meant to us.  We talked about lots of differences and picked out what we were interested in exploring further.  We started by listening to Martin Luther King's speech 'I have a dream'.  We had a think about our own dreams:

Gabriel – I was thinking about people who get judged by their skin colour.  I really liked this part of the speech, it stood out to me.  I've heard a lot about how racism has effected people's lives.  'I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.'

Joe and Toby: 'I have a dream.  A dream that can be achieved no matter what.  A dream that this world will be a safe place to live in – no wars, no racism and treat people equally.'

Freya: 'I believe that people should be more confident about being their own person.  I believe that we should all respect one another whatever size, shape or colour we are.  I believe that we should all just respect each other.  I believe that we should be able to join out hands without there being a problem.  I believe that son we will be judged on our character not our colour.  I believe that we should be able to rewrite the past.  I believe that we can be friends no matter what religion we belong to.  I believe that we can all just be humans.'

We have been looking at a poem called 'The British' by Benjamin Zephaniah.  Here is the link to the poem.  Here are our responses to the poem:

Evie – the world is like a cake.  Without all the ingredients it wouldn't work.

Freya –  so many cultures is positive, not negative.

Harry – we're all human.

Oli – stop racisim, we are all equal.  It doesn't matter what we look like.

This term our Key Stage and whole school assemblies are focusing on 'Diversity'. We have been learning what the word 'diversity' means. This week in assembly we were looking at age and how we have certain expectations and stereotypes of ages. We explored the Guinness World Records 2015 and looked at some amazing records. We discovered that the oldest newspaper delivery person is Beryl Walker. At the age of 84, Beryl was delivering newspapers 6 days a week on her bicycle. Hip Op-eration crew are the oldest street dancing group whose average age is 79! Donald Cripps is a BASE jumper at the age of 84. On an average weekend, Donald can do about 8 jumps!

In our classes this term, we will be exploring aspects of 'diversity' that we choose and will be running our own assemblies on what we have been learning about.

Thank you very much to children and adults for the effort that went into the costumes for Key Stage Two History Week. The variety of outfits was incredibly impressive. A range of different activities took place during the week. Year 3 children had a visit from representatives from The Royal British Legion, who showed us genuine artefacts from World War One. They also made charcoal drawings of trenches and produced some lovely writing, using a poppy and horse as a writing prompt. Year 5 had a visit from the World War One expert at Exeter University and used this opportunity to ask questions to develop their knowledge of the war. We had members of the Devon Heritage Centre come in to teach Year 6 children about the war. They brought a wide range of interesting articles with them, including recruitment posters and newspaper articles about soldiers from our local area during the war.

Many thanks to the parents who volunteered to come in and share their relatives’ stories. The stories and scrapbooks that were shared really helped to make the topic come to life for the children. We also enjoyed reading the excellent stories that children produced as part of the Home Learning activity. The children really engaged with this topic, which is excellent because it is such an important part of our history.

Many thanks,

Mrs Kay