Fundamental British values as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Birchwood, British values are promoted in much of what we do. During assemblies, Religious Education (RE) lessons, Personal , Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons, Philosophy lessons and through our global partnership studies of the world. The Wheel of Wisdom, our creative curriculum at Birchwood, aims to broaden and enrich children’s learning through a predominantly cross curricular approach. Through this model our pupils are encouraged to work independently, develop skills of research, investigation and problem-solving that can be used across all eleven curriculum areas, build up a positive sense of self as an active life long learner, expand their strengths exploring and using the full range of their human abilities and promote their skills of self-assessment. The wheel itself is an organisational vehicle to guide pupils through their learning journey. The learning pathway always begins in the ‘What do you know?/How sure are you?’ section, ascertaining the starting point for the learning experiences to follow, and concludes in the ‘Can you generalise?’ segment where the pupils apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to different contexts. Each cross curricular unit of work is supported by Birchwood ‘Bolts’ (Sporting excellence, Food4Life Partnership, Eco-School, Forest School). Whenever possible the children’s learning is drawn from first hand experience and active participation.
All these aspects of learning shape our ethos and values.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions that are contrary to fundamental values including “extremist” views and are comitted to Safeguarding our pupils who maybe vulnerable to radicalisation.