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British Values Week In Action!

During the week commencing 15th May we held a special celebratory British Values Week at Sherborne House School following on from last year's huge success. This involved a week of dedicated daily lessons, within tutor groups, examining each of the five British Values in turn.  In addition to this, a whole-school assembly was held on Wednesday to celebrate what is great about living in Britain in these modern times.
Our year groups would like to share with you some of the amazing activities the children participated in during our special week when they considered the five Fundamental British Values: 
  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (and for those without faith)
Our British Values Week was, once again, a huge success and has helped to enhance our children’s understanding and appreciation of this wonderful free country in which we live. You can see all the photos from the event in our online gallery.


Pre-Reception have been learning a bit about Democracy, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and The Rule of Law in a variety of different ways. We have been busy sharing our ideas in our own Bumblebees Council, where we have been talking about our favourite subjects and discussing what we would like to learn about next. 



The Reception children have been learning about Democracy and how laws are made in Britain. They watched video clips that explained the Democratic system then have a discussion as a year group. They learnt about the Government and their role in British law making.  The children discussed current laws, such as wearing a seatbelt and going to school and how these laws are important to them. This led into a further discussion about rights and responsibilities.


Year 2

This week we have considered the importance of each of the British Values.  In order to look at democracy, the children took part in a class debate and voted on whether the school should have a swimming pool.  They discussed pros and cons and then voted against the idea. We discussed the rule of law and the children thought about all of the things required to be healthy and safe.  We discussed our Individual Liberty and thought about what we would like to be when we grow up.  We also thought about how we can be respectful and show tolerance and understanding of other faiths


Year 3

In Year 3, we introduced our activities by exploring the children’s understanding of Democracy. Our discussion lead us into the right to vote and how people are allowed to express their own opinions. The children really enjoyed looking at pictures of the five main party leaders and trying to identify them by name and political party. They did very well with this and it would appear that we have some aspiring politicians in our midst! For homework, they had been asked to find out some key facts about their chosen party leader and this information was used to create class election posters, which were used on Friday for the Year 3 General election. 
On Tuesday, we investigate The Rule of Law and why rules and laws are necessary. We also discussed that not all countries have the same rules and laws. The pupils watched a power point presentation, which explained the difference between civil and criminal law and learnt about Lady Justice an important and enduring symbol of law. The children enjoyed working in pairs using a set of ten rules, to decide through discussion which were true and which were false.
Mutual respect was our focus on Wednesday. We discussed the meaning of the phrase ‘mutual respect’ and how this affects our lives. We decided that mutual respect is when two people may not agree on everything but they do not get upset. They are willing to work things out because they care for the other and accept that they may have different views and beliefs while sharing the same or similar values.
The value of individual liberty prompted lots of discussion and questions on Thursday. We explored what individual liberty means for people living in Britain and how not everyone in the world has the same individual liberty that we do. 

Year 5

On Monday, when considering democracy, the children worked together to make decisions about the work of a fictional MP noting the changes they made in the MP’s profile within the media, voter support and party popularity. They now have a much better understanding of the role an MP and their work within our communities.
When considering the rule of law, one of the children's activities, which enhanced their understanding, was to create a flow chart showing how a proposed bill actually becomes law.
Interesting and lively discussions were held when the children thought about what individual liberty means to them in our school, our local community and as a child living in Britain. This prompted further discussions about how life would be if this freedom was not allowed.
Our children enjoyed debating what 'respect' means to them. They pondered whether some things that are ‘disrespectful’ change depending on where they are and/or who they are with.
Year Five concluded the week by examining the British Value of tolerance and respect for those with and without faith. They thought about how our school is diverse and how we can celebrate our different faiths within school. The children then discussed the different religions in the UK and thought about whether this would be the same in other countries. 
Well done, Year Five for your enthusiastic and thoughtful participation in our special British Values Week!

Year 6

For British Values Week in year 6, the children on Monday discussed democracy and what it means to live in a democratic society. They were each given a polling card and went to the ‘Polling Station’ to cast their vote after hearing the policies of three candidates. The children put their ballot papers in the ballot box and after the votes were counted, the elected Member of Parliament was announced. On Tuesday, year 6 investigated how a law is made and the different stages that a law needs to go through in Parliament before it can come into force.


Published on 19/05/2017