During their time at Ellingham the children learn about the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
In order to help our children understand about the idea of democracy, once each year Ellingham pupils elect their own Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and their class school council representatives through a democratic process. We teach and use carefully structured discussion opportunities which lead to the children knowing that their views and opinions will be respected and represented and can influence decisions.
The Rule of the Law
Through the embedding of our school values children are reminded regularly of the positive characteristics that lead to a safe, effective and respectful learning environment. They understand that the school and class rules are there to keep them safe and able to learn, and that the laws in Britain and across the world are there to help people enjoy life and stay safe and healthy.
Similarly, they are taught the positive reasons for sanctions for children who don’t follow the school and class rules. The adults in the school are there to ensure that the following of rules lead to a fair and safe school environment in which everyone has the right to enjoy learning.
The adults in the school, the children and their parents/carers are encouraged to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. Our school values, rules and learning behaviours and regularly revisited and reinforced in order to help them work and play together respectfully.
Our children learn that they can expect others to show respect for their faith and beliefs because the British law says that people are free to choose to believe and follow a faith if they wish to. Similarly, if they choose not to belong to a faith group then they can expect people to respect their choice.
Through our school council and other positions of responsibility, within the class and school, the children learn that with authority comes responsibility. All children are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and be willing to learn from their mistakes. Our aim is to provide a positive school environment and framework in which they are free to explore and make their own informed moral choices.
Tolerance and Acceptance
At Ellingham we use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths, and encourage the children to join extra-curricular clubs that promote British values e.g. citizenship, learning more about a faith, teamwork, junior cadets.
We do not accept that anyone should be treated wrongly because of their opinions, beliefs and choices; rather, we aim to celebrate our different backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, skills and values.
Click here for an example of how we are teaching tolerance and acceptance.
We follow the Kingston Religious Education Syllabus which gives the children the opportunity to explore different faiths and cultures, and we welcome visitors to share their faith knowledge with us and encourage children to share their knowledge with others across the school.