Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

“Very exciting... you have fun here!”
- Alejandro

“We respect each other like a family”
- Megan

“Coming here will give you a good education ..it is an amazing school”
- Charlotte

“The Rosary School is a fantastic place... It's a peaceful paradise for learning”
- Laurance

“When I joined in Y1 everyone was accepting and made me feel welcome”
- Abraham

“I don't want to leave because of the great memories I have made here”
- Hannah

“Everyone treats each other like an equal”
- Grace

“We are like one big family, who achieve the best!”
- Toby

“..you achieve high levels and get lots of support”
- Findlay

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British Values

British Values at the Rosary Catholic Primary School

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister.  At the Rosary Catholic Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 Democracy

Democracy is experienced by children throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Class and School Councils and Pupil questionnaires.

·         The elections of school council class representatives and House Captains in Y6 is an opportunity for children to experience how democracy works.

·         Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group.

·         The school encourages pupils to be informed about elections taking place in Britain, e.g. the EU referendum and General Elections.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and responsibilities. We advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons and Healthy Living Week. Whether it be through choice of challenge, or how they record their work, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school year, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

·         Our Y5 pupils have the opportunity to take part in Mock Trials held at the Stroud Court, where they develop an understanding of how our legal system works..

In Year 1, pupils learn about Guy Fawkes and how he tried to undermine the rule of Law by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. In 2013 the whole school reflected on this in a themed day, which encouraged children to reflect encouraged to reflect on how we should with differences of opinion and belief and  the right way to defend our rights and combat discrimination. KS2 pupils also explored links with modern life and acts of terrorism.
 

Mutual Respect

Our school vision statement refers to “Happy, confident children achieving their full potential in a creative and inclusive Christian learning environment” , this reinforces the fact that all are welcome here and deserve respect. Our school ethos is developed through weekly assemblies that reflect the Catholic Church’s teaching that everyone is created in the image of God and accepted. Values for Life assemblies also promote Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy and mission and vision statements.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and they enjoy this throughout the year, especially during festivals such as Divali.

We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these, such as Chinese New Year. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.

YR explore learning based around Chinese New year.
 
In Year 2, the children are introduced to the Jewish faith and celebrations such as Passover
 
In Year 3, pupils find out about the Hindu faith and their special celebrations.


 In Y4 children learn about Buddhism and the core beliefs of Buddhists and how they link to Christianity.

In Y5, children learn about Islam and the five pillars. They make comparisons with Christianity, such as fasting during Lent.
 

Y6 learn about Sikhism and the teachings of religious figures such as Guru Nanak.
 

 In Year 6, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and the two minute silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school. The children in Y6, with members of the public, British Legion and armed forces,  gather outside outside the Stroud Subscription Rooms for the commemoration on Armistice Day, then walk to lay a wreath at the local war memorial. In 2014, the whole school had a themed week on World War One and created a poppy installation in the Hall.
 

In 2012 the school community celebrated the Olympics, gathering on the lower bank to watch the Olympic torch go past. Later a local Olympian brought in one of the torches for an assembly. That year the school celebrated the Diamond anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and all year groups were given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the British Monarchy through the school’s creative curriculum. The children enjoyed a ‘street party’ on the playground.