RULE OF LAW
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE FOR THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
So, what does promoting British Values at The Shepherd’s Hut actually involve?
Singing: the children are offered the opportunity to select a favourite song for us all to sing & share.
Hammocks: involves turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Time at the Hammock area gives children the opportunity to share views, discuss their creative ideas and listen & value the ideas of others.
Eco Schools committee: Through eco schools the children learn the value of democracy. The committee vote to make decisions, take responsibility and understand that their opinion matters.
Handwashing: children happily line-up in order to wash & dry their hands before having food.
Campfire: we have fire circle rules agreed with the children, so that everyone is safe when we have a campfire. We sing our Forest School song to help everyone remember the rules.
Discussions: as appropriate situations arise we take the opportunity to discuss behaviour and how it affects other people, rights and wrongs and how to be kind to others.
Independence: we teach children techniques so that they can independently put or and take off their coats & over-trousers. We encourage them to help their friends too. When using toilet or potty, children are given encouragement and the time needed so that they can deal with their own underwear and trousers.
Risky play: we encourage children to select activities that interest them and who they would like play with (autonomy). They have the freedom to take acceptable risks and challenge themselves for example jumping off tyres, balancing on scaffold planks and horizontal ladders, or to move these things around to create new experiences and develop their ideas.
Outdoor learning: through outdoor learning and child-led activities we develop confidence and a sense of self-worth which develop a secure foundation for children believing in themselves and therefore developing the emotional intelligence to respect others, believe in their own opinion and know that liberty is important.
Cultural celebrations: we use our British Values Calendar to plan a wide range of celebrations throughout the year. We encourage children to share their experiences of different celebrations with us, for example a German festival complete with the child’s costume for this event.
Resources & Books: we have a good selection of resources for the children to access that come from all around the world including musical instruments and books. We ensure that our bookshelf has a wide selection that celebrate differences and challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotypes. When sharing these books with the children we discuss respect, similarities and differences, and encourage respect. We have some lovely books including; ‘don’t touch my hair’ and ‘boys like pink as well’.