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.’
At The Manor School these universal values are taught through PHSE, RE and daily collective worship. We actively promote British values through our broad and balanced curriculum ensuring our planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring universal values. We also take opportunities to actively promote British values through whole school events and supporting nationwide events.
Here are some of the ways we promote British Values
Meeting Michelle Donelan, MP
Michelle Donelan, MP for the Chippenham constituency (which also covers Melksham), visited our year 6 pupils today. The children had the opportunity to ask questions about local and national politics. Questions ranged from 'what is going to be the impact of Brexit?' to 'are there going to be more facilities in Melksham for young people?'. The children gained a greater understanding of how politics works and they also had a say into developing their local area in the future.
Representatives from The Manor School attended an event at Melksham Town Hall to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The children were met by the Mayor and Town Crier before observing the reading of a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. The Town Crier then read the Commonwealth Affirmation whilst the flag was raised.
In school we held a special assembly teaching the children about the Commonwealth. This year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, recognises the richness and diversity of its citizens. and helps us to understand we all play a part in our world.
Great British Spring Clean
All of the Children and staff at The Manor School took part in the Great British Spring Clean. Children in EYFS and KS1 tidied the school grounds and children in KS2 cleaned Ruskin Avenue and the woody park area.
The ambition of the campaign is to bring people together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, and countryside. The children really enjoyed themselves and asked if they can do it more often!
Our year 6 pupils visited Melksham War memorial to take part in the Armistice Day memorial service. They placed their handmade wreaths, with personal messages attached, at the base of the war memorial. Back in school the children and staff watched some poignant film footage of WW1, WW2 and more recent conflicts. The children spent time reflecting on the impact of conflict on soldiers, their families and civilians. We all respected the 2 minutes silence before thinking about how we can ensure we keep the memories of lost service men and women alive.
Celebrating the Queens birthday (again!)
On the 9th June the whole school celebrated the Queens birthday with a street party. All the children dressed in red, white and blue for the day, in exchange for donations towards our chosen charity this year, The Air Ambulance. The children sang the National Anthem and Happy Birthday before enjoying a red, white and blue themed picnic lunch. In the afternoon the children played a range of party games on the field.
The Archdeacon of Wilts visits The Manor School
The Archdeacon of Wiltshire visited The Manor School to meet with the headteacher and some of our pupils. Four year 6 pupils gave the Archdeacon a tour and explained our school Christian values to her. The children also showed the Archdeacon our reflection garden, explained how our learner tokens promote independent learners and described how our creative curriculum operates across the school.
Celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday
On April 21st we celebrated the Queens 90th birthday. The whole school sang the National Anthem in honour of the Queen. Please visit our Facebook page to view the video of the school singing
Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth
Today the children at The Manor School celebrated Commonwealth Day in assembly. During the assembly they learned which countries were part of the Commonwealth and what being part of the Commonwealth means. The children also considered how they could support this years theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.
At 10:00 two representatives from each year group went to the town hall to meet the Mayor and Town Crier. The Town Crier read a message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, and then then Commonwealth Flag was raised. It was an exciting day for everyone involved.
Celebrating the Queen being the longest reigning monarch
On 9th September 2015 the whole school acknowledged the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch. The children participated in an assembly detailing her life and achievements.
Red, White & Blue Day
On the 9th October the children paid tribute to the Battle of Britain veterans by paying a donation to wear red, white and blue clothes for the day. The day was part of a national campaign to raise money and awareness of the three armed forces charities. The children raised £196.50.