Killamarsh Infant and Nursery School aims for all our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
Within our curriculum work we aim for children to develop:
- an understanding of how people can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to themselves (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
We do this through:
- promoting British Values at an age appropriate level in suitable parts of the curriculum
- ensuring that all children are listened to through discussion and questionnaires and having committees in school whose members are voted for to act on behalf of the other children.
- providing children with opportunities to engage in debate to engage and defend points of view
British Values within Early Years Foundation Stage
At Killamarsh Infant and Nursery School we support the spirit of the Government’s statement as it promotes the fundamental principle that a child’s understanding of the world should never be restricted by a particular view or ideology. We believe that anything which makes a child’s world smaller would be hugely detrimental to their long‑term development. The broader a child’s experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to Britain’s diverse society.
Our focus will always be on providing a rich and positive experience in all areas. The EYFS already provides a solid foundation to encourage a child’s understanding and acceptance that we live in diverse communities with many different cultures and lifestyles. The early learning goal, Understanding the World, clearly states that ‘children talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members…they know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions'. Young children learn and develop through first hand experiences so we, as teachers, alongside parents, are hugely important as positive role models.